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!
Eagle Claw Crafted Glass Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Eagle Claws Crafted Glass Spinning Rods are tuned for specific techniques, so you get the most of out of your investmen
Eagle Claw Crafted Glass Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Eagle Claws Crafted Glass Casting Rods are tuned for specific techniques, so you get the most of out of your investment
Echo Gecko Fly Rod - Bright yellow
"Tim Rajeff had a goal of making fly fishing easier for youngsters when he created the ECHO Gecko Fly Rods. Now kids don
Echo Fiberglass Fly Rod
"With a deep load and smooth recovery that transmits from tip to hand, Echos Fiberglass Fly Rod has a glass medium-fast
Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod
"Rod designer and competitive fly-caster Tim Rajeff designed the powerful Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod to feel light in the ha
Echo Ion XL Fly Rod
"The medium-fast to fast actions of Echos super-lightweight Ion XL Fly Rods easily launch heavy flies and streamers long
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
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 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 King Fly Rod - Black
"Powerful enough not to wilt under the strain of a hard-charging 40-lb. nook, plus ECHOs King Fly Rod has a medium-fast
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 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 Trip Fly Rod - Stainless Steel
"ECHOs Trip Fly Rod features true Echo performance in an ultracompact eight-piece configuration thats ideal for travel.
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 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 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 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 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 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 ECHO3 Saltwater Fly Rod - Titanium
"Lightweight with exceptional recovery speed, ECHOs ECHO3 Saltwater Fly Rod delivers top-notch performance for a wide ra
Falcon LowRider Saltwater Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Falcon has long had a reputation for producing durable, dependable graphite rods. And these casting rods, engineered ex
Falcon LowRider Salt Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
"Falcon has long had a reputation for producing durable, dependable graphite rods. And these spinning rods, engineered e
Falcon Cara Micro Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"With actions developed to the standards of Bassmaster Elite Professional fisherman, Mike McClelland, Falcons Cara Micro
Falcon Lowrider Casting Rods
"The American-made XG graphite blank in Falcons LowRider Casting Rods boasts the sensitivity needed to detect the lighte
Falcon HD Series Casting Rods
"Feel more bites and set more hooks with an HD Series Casting Rod from Falcon. 100% HD graphite blank teams with Fuji gu
Falcon Lowrider Spinning Rod
"The American-made XG graphite blank in Falcons LowRider Spinning Rods boasts the sensitivity needed to detect the light
Falcon BuCoo SR Casting Rods
"Using low-profile single-foot Fuji guides, Falcons BuCoo SR Casting Rods deliver outstanding casting performance so you
Falcon BuCoo SR Spinning Rods
"Using low-profile single-foot Fuji guides, Falcons BuCoo SR Spinning Rods deliver outstanding casting performance so yo
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.