Choosing your Rod
Choosing the correct salmon fishing rods from the walls upon walls of different types displayed can be a bit of a difficult task, simply because of the huge selection involved. There are many different compositions, lengths, weights, and set ups on rods used for salmon fishing. The type of rod you choose will often be dictated according to the salmon fishing that you do, but there are some basic rules to keep in mind when choosing any rod whether you are looking for a salmon casting rod, saltwater spinning rod, or trolling rod.
Here are some great salmon rods that we recommend you check out!
Winston Boron III Plus Jungle Fly Rods - Green
R.L. Winstons powerful Boron III Jungle Fly Rods deliver exceptional line speeds and the ability to handle big flies tha
TFO BVK 3-Weight Conversion Kit
The TFO BVK 3-Weight Conversion Kit changes your 8-foot 3-weight BVK into a Czech nymph/dry fly rod for the ultimate in
Eagle Claw Featherlight Fly Rod
Traditionalists and beginners alike will appreciate the two-piece fiberglass blank of Eagle Claws Featherlight Fly Rod.
Fenwick World Class Fly Rod
"Fenwicks World Class Fly Rod is in a class of its own. 3M Powerlux 500 resin blanks disperse tension evenly under load
St. Croix Sole Fly Rod - Titanium
"St. Croixs Sole Fly Rod features a long butt section void of ferrules so it tracks straight, delivering the accurate ca
Fenwick World Class Fly Rod
"Boasting 3M Powerlux resin construction, Fenwicks World Class Fly Rod evenly disperses tension when under a load. This
Echo Base Fly Rod
"A great starter for those looking to get into the sport, the versatile Echo Base Fly Rod features a modest action and p
Echo Boost Freshwater Fly Rod - Titanium
"The lightweight high-modulus graphite blank of Echo Boost Freshwater Fly Rod delivers the fast, crisp action needed to
Echo Boost Saltwater Fly Rod - Black
"The lightweight high-modulus graphite blank of Echos Boost Saltwater Fly Rod delivers the fast, crisp action needed to
Echo Center Pin Rod - Black
"ECHOs Center Pin Rod features a four-piece design, making it ideal for travel, yet has enough backbone to haul in lunke
Echo Shadow II Fly Rod - Black
"Designed by ECHOs Tim Rajeff and Team USAs Pete Erickson, the Shadow II Fly Rod delivers the critical line feel and con
Echo SR Switch Fly Rod - Black
"Echos SR Switch Fly Rod features a four-piece design, making it ideal for travel. This fast-action rod features a softe
Echo TR2 Fly Rod - Black
"Thanks to its four-piece design, Echos TR2 Fly Rod easily goes with you to your favorite fishing spot and back again. M
Echo OHS Fly Rod
"Able to outperform your expectations in all kinds of fishing scenarios, ECHOs OHS Fly Rod stands as the missing link be
Echo Dry Fly Rod - Stainless Steel
ECHOS Dry Fly Rod offers virtually flawless fly presentation and incredible balance that is perfect when paired with a s
Echo EPR Fly Rod - Stainless Steel
"Designed by Pat Ehlers, ECHOs Extreme Performance Rod (EPR) Fly Rod is ready to tackle big fish. The super-fast tip loa
Echo Trip Fly Rod - Stainless Steel
"ECHOs Trip Fly Rod features true Echo performance in an ultracompact eight-piece configuration thats ideal for travel.
Echo ECHO3 Single-Hand Fly Rod - Titanium
"Lightweight with exceptional recovery speed, ECHOS ECHO3 Single-Hand Fly Rod delivers top-notch performance for a wide
Echo ECHO3 Switch and Spey Fly Rod - Black
"Exceptionally light in the hand, ECHOs two-handed ECHO3 Switch and Spey Fly Rods generate good loops and high line spee
Cabela's CGR Fiberglass Fly Rod
"Enjoy a taste of the golden age of fly fishing when you head to the river with the Cabelas CGR Fiberglass Fly Rod. Ther
Redington Vice Fly Rods - Black
"Throwing tight loops and loading quickly, Redingtons Vice Fly Rods excel when casting flies into the wind, and they eas
Redington Hydrogen Trout Spey Rod - Clear
"Redingtons super-lightweight Hydrogen Trout Spey Rod boasts a medium-fast action and a glare-reducing matte finish that
Redington Predator Fly Rod
"If chasing big fish with big flies is the name of the game, theres no better weapon than the Predator Fly Rod from Redi
R.L. Winston AIR Fly Rod
"Lightweight and highly responsive, R.L. Winstons AIR Fly Rod offers quick flex and recovery through the casting motion.
R.L. Winston Boron III X Super-10 Fly Rod
"Specialized rods offer unparalleled control over generic-purpose fishing sticks. Take one of the best fly-fishing rods
Douglas DHF Fly Rods
"The experts at Douglas built the DHF Fly Rods to be their every-angler rod meaning that the DHF is a high-quality rod t
Douglas DXF Fly Rods
"Not only did they earn the Best Midpriced Rod award from George Andersons Yellowstone Angler, Douglas DXF Fly Rods are
Douglas Upstream Fly Rod - Natural
"Douglas Upstream Fly Rod delivers the traditional actions needed to completely master your trout-fishing presentations
Length of the rod butt
This is the amount of rod behind the reel, and a good rule of thumb is to have six to twelve inches available. This length is needed to give you some extra support when you are playing or landing a fish; you will be able to use your stomach for some added leverage. Without the rod supported on your stomach, you would have to do all the work with your arms, and that will tire you out quickly. On the other hand, a butt that is too long will mean you have to stretch your arms out to an uncomfortable level, not to mention that if it's a salmon spinning rod you'll need more room for your cast. Finally, consider the specific needs for trolling; saltwater boat rods with butts that are too short will not sit in the holder, slipping out and overboard with the first big Chinook strike or wave they catch, so make sure your salmon trolling rod (commonly called "mooching" rods) has the proper butt length to allow for that sturdy seat in the boat while you're trolling around the water.
Light is the key word here; purchase the lightest rod that you can find. Travelling down a river bank in the brush with heavy equipment can cause fatigue over time and is very cumbersome. You should also take a look at the weight balance of the rod you are looking at; find where the rod balances by placing it on your forefinger. The balance point should be where you would naturally put your hand while you fish; if not, then look for a different rod.
Shorter six foot, to nine foot salmon fly fishing rods can provide you with a lot of excitement when you are out casting for salmon such as coho or steelhead, as they make even smaller fish feel huge on the landing. If you are out for the big guys like chinook, then you don’t need the extra excitement and anywhere from size 8 (8 foot) to size 10 rod will be your most common size for big salmon. When you are looking for saltwater boat rods, get mooching rods that are ten feet long or so; they will put the lines out far enough that they don’t get tangled., and also gets the bait out far enough from your boat. Mooching rods typically also have soft tips, which will rise on a bite by a fish at the other end.
If you tend to go fishing for salmon by yourself, you are going to want to remember that landing them can be really difficult if your rod is too long. You need to be able to net the fish as well as keep your line tight; the longer your rod, the higher you are going to have to lift it to get that fish within netting distance of the boat. If you are bar fishing and you are on shore, it's easy enough to drag the fish up onto the bar by backing up, but if you're in a tight spot then you really have to be careful and watch you don't loose the fish.
Go Salmon Fishing Tip:
Horsing and overplaying - two things that can really ruin your catch are "horsing" and "overplaying." Horsing is a term used when an angler is using excessive force and pulling back on their salmon fishing rod, which causes your line to snap, rod to break or worse the fish to have damage that could lead to waste or death. Overplay is a term used when an angler is playing the fish too long. This can potentially cause the same things as horsing such as damage to your salmon fishing rod, gear, or loss of a fish by exhaustion, or breaking off. This practice can also get alot of people fishing around you frustrated if they are waiting until you finish playing the fish so they can begin casting again. It's proper etiquette to find the medium between horsing and overplay so everyone is happy including the fish and your rod.