Wednesday, May 23rd 2018.

Salmon Casting Rods

Why do I need a baitcasting rod?

Well the first reason you're considering salmon casting rods is because you're targetting Steelhead or Salmon. These fish are in rivers and streams during their life cycle and are extremely challenging and exciting to persue in systems that are moving, such as rivers. Baitcasting rods are going to be the most effective ways to fish these species.

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Okuma SST Carbon-Grip Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Made with premium IM8 graphite blanks, Okumas SST Carbon-Grip Casting Rods offer an ideal combination of weight, sensit

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Penn Rampage Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Crafted for heavy-duty applications with a one-piece, tubular glass blank and a solid tip to guard against breakage. Li

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Penn Prevail Surf Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Everything you need in a high-end surf rod at a fraction of the price. Penns Prevail Surf Casting Rod is crafted of a t

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Penn Allegiance II Inshore Casting Rod
"Extremely durable and sensitive, Penns Allegiance II Inshore Casting Rod is ready for battle with shallow-water species

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Penn Carnage II Boat Casting Rods
"Penns Carnage II Boat Casting Rod combines the necessary strength for huge open-water fish with the balance for all-day

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Penn Carnage II Surf Casting Rod
"Lightweight, powerful and balanced, Penns Carnage II Surf Casting Rods feature durable Fuji reel seats as well as Fuji

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Penn Carnage II Jigging Casting Rods
"Youll get maximum power with minimal weight when you upgrade your jigging setup with Penns Carnage II Jigging Casting R

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Penn Mariner II Boat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Ultratough and dependable, count on Penns Mariner II Boat Casting Rods for season after season of bringing in the big o

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Penn Squadron II Inshore Casting Rods
"Target shallow-water inshore species like trout, redfish, striper and snook armed with the affordable Penn Squadron II

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Powell Inferno Casting Rod
"Battle-tested Powell Inferno Casting Rods withstand heavy loads and the jarring impact of strong hook sets. They are cr

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Quantum Telecast Casting Rod
"Collapsing down to less than 20, the telescopic Quantum Telecast Casting Rod packs easily into a suitcase, a car trunk

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Rippin Lips Supercat Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Made of S-glass thats much stronger and lighter than E-glass, Rippin Lips Supercat Casting Rods have no problem wrenchi

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Shakespeare Tidewater Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"With super-strong, solid-glass blanks and heavy-duty components, Tidewater rods answer the growing demands of big-water

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rods - Clear
"A rod that has stood resilient while battling fish since 1976, Shakespeares Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rod is redesigned for

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Lady Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"A rod that has stood resilient while battling fish since 1976, Shakespeares Ugly Stik GX2 Lady Casting Rod is redesigne

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rod - Clear
"With 35% more graphite than the GX2, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rod drops the weight and picks up sensitivity

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"If youre looking for strong yet lightweight performance, the Ugly Stik Elite Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod wont let you

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Haul in large, hard-fighting cats with ease when youre using the Ugly StikCatfish Casting Rod. World-famous durability

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cast out over the salty waves with confidence. Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Casting Rods are specifically designe

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Because theyre built with Ugly Tech construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Casting Rods have the backbone it tak

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Casting Rods can be used across many species from coast to coast. Ugly Tech construction d

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jigging Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
Cast with confidence. Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jigging Casting Rods are specifically designed with the actions

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Surf Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Boasting a fiberglass and graphite Ugly Tech blank construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Surf Casting Rods have

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Inshore Select Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
Shakespeares Ugly Stik Inshore Select Casting Rods feature one-piece Ugly Tech construction with added graphite for sens

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Shimano Teramar Southeast Inshore Casting Rods
"Designed with the performance features to match the Southeast fishing region. A versatile rod you can use when plug cas

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Shimano Trevala Casting Rod
"To truly get the most out of Shimanos Butterfly Jigs you need to fish them with a rod specifically designed for that ty

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Shimano Trevala S Casting Rod
"Go ahead and spot fish those sunken stone outcroppings and wrecks, Shimanos Trevala S Casting Rod features specific act

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Shimano Sellus Casting Rods
This series features rods crafted specifically for the hottest bass-fishing techniques. Each features 24-ton carbon blan

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Note: Remember when you're shopping that the term baitcasting is interchangable with casting when it comes to these rods and reels.

The second reason you are looking for casting rods is because you've chosen a baitcasting reel as they have proven to be the most effective reels when fishing for those targeted species of fish in those bodies of water. These two factors will lead you to choose a rod that is equipped and most compatible with those particular methods of fishing and that type of gear.

How do I know what a casting rod looks like?

Salmon casting rods are made with a trigger type handle (similar to the stock of a rifle), where the reel sits ontop of rod rather than below like a spinning reel. The line guides are also ontop of the rod - of course - to allow for smooth casting from the reels eye, and decrease in diameter as the rod thickness decreases in diameter, until it reaches the tip where the smallest guide is located. The guides are visibly smaller then that of a spinning reel because they are allot more effecient when it comes to line release due to the bearings in the reel spool. A basic rule of thumb is - the more dramatic the action of the rod, the more eyeletts needed to ease the friction of the line against the guide that could lead to a line snapping or worse a fish lost!

 

Get any "action" lately?

If you're using a rod with fast action then chances are you're in fast, big water possibly targetting big Chinooks or Sockeye with a big ol' bouncing betty weight on the end. These fast action type casting rods bend mostly at the top 1/3 portion of the length. Moderate or medium action rods will bend closer to the middle of the rod and are more versatile rods that can be used as a "finess" rod or "big water" rod. A slow action casting rod will bend right down to the handle and is very popular amoung steelhead and coho anglers that fish stealthy lures or smaller water.

Keep in mind while choosing your rod action that you'll need to determine how much weight and how far you need to cast your lure. This will greatly effect how much action your rod should have. A fast action rod is very rigid or stiff compared to that of a slow action rod. It is because of the rigidity of the rod that you will be able to cast big weight out further than a slow action rod that id very lanky and absorbs more kinetic energy into the shaft that a more stiff casting rod.

What do I look for in choosing a well built casting rod?

  • Nickel titanium guides (RECOIL®) are the best line guides but pricey. They do everything a ceramic guide does and more! Imagine bending your guide and it just pops back up again! Ya thats right! The titanium also transmits more hits than you can shake a stick at (well almost).
  • Ceramic guides are second best and work great with super lines or braided lines as they reduce wear. Try to avoid plastic line guides at all cost.
  • Medium-Heavy or Heavy "power" rods are your best bet for salmon.
  • Graphite or Carbon Fibre shaft is the premium shaft material with fiberglass bringing up the rear. Some rods are a combination of the two and work great as well.
  • Quality resin - used on the guides
  • Well built cork handle with a seat that fits your reel well.
  • You get what you pay for!!

Quick tip:

The main objective of salmon casting rods is to get your lure or bait right down on the bottom of the stream. Steelhead and salmon that are migrating in streams and rivers are not very interested in eating. They are simply moving up the river to the spawning grounds and they generally strike out of instinct, curiosity, or to protect their turf. In order to get your line or lure where you want it though, the most effective rod is a baitcasting or "casting" rod while fishing for Steelhead or Salmon in rivers or streams, but anglers have been known to use the more traditional salmon spinning rods as well.