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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Shimano Exage Bass Casting Rods
"Engineered tourney tough and budget friendly, Shimanos Exage Bass Casting Rods deliver the performance competitive bass

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SHIMANO Compre Muskie Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Boasting 24-ton carbon construction, the Compre Muskie Casting Rod from Shimano delivers a lightweight package thats st

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SHIMANO Curado Casting Rods
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St. Croix Avid X Casting Rod
"Ultralightweight, super-sensitive and extra durable, St. Croixs Avid X Casting Rods feature high-modulus SCIII graphite

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St. Croix Mojo Inshore Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Premium, high-strain SCII graphite blanks offer lightweight, ultrasensitive performance in actions tailored for inshore

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St. Croix Legend Trek Casting Rods - Titanium
"Ultralightweight, super-sensitive and extra durable, St. Croixs Trek Casting Rods feature high-modulus graphite blanks

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St. Croix Tidemaster Casting Rods - Silver
"St. Croix Tidemaster Casting Rods are crafted of premium-quality SCII graphite for outstanding strength, sensitivity an

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St. Croix Tidemaster Travel Casting Rods - Silver
"St. Croix Tidemaster Travel Casting Rods are built with SCII graphite blanks for outstanding strength, sensitivity and

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St. Croix Avid Series Inshore Casting Rods - Titanium
"St. Croixs Avid Series Inshore Casting Rods are built with Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology on high-modul

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St. Croix Premier Series Casting Rods - Black
"Lighter, faster and stronger. St. Croix has redesigned its popular Premier Casting Rods in a successful attempt to make

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St. Croix Triumph Casting Rods
"Theres a Triumph Casting Rod for every fishing application that demands a fast-action rod of superior strength, sensiti

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St. Croix Premier Series Crankbait Casting Rods - Black
"Lighter, faster and stronger. St. Croix has redesigned its popular Premier Crankbait Casting Rods in a successful attem

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St. Croix Premier Muskie Casting Rod - Black Chrome
"When you set the hook on a muskie, you had better have a rod with some backbone if you want to land your quarry. But fi

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St. Croix Avid Series Casting Rod
"St. Croix takes the latest technology from anglers fingertips to fish lips by incorporating their innovative Integrated

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St. Croix Eyecon Casting Rod - Black Chrome
The St. Croix Eyecon series features a line of walleye-specific rods at an affordable price. The premium-quality SC grap

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St. Croix Mojo Muskie Casting Rod
"Hunting down big muskies requires a rod that can handle big, heavy rigs and crushing hits these rods have all the mojo

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St. Croix Premier Split-Grip Casting Rods
"Cabelas and St. Croix partnered to develop the exclusive, supremely balanced, split-grip Premier series. SCII graphites

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St. Croix Legend Xtreme Casting Rods
"St. Croixs lightest and most sensitive rods appeal to anglers who appreciate cutting-edge technology and performance. E

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St. Croix Triumph Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod - Black
"St. Croixs Triumph Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod delivers outstanding strength, sensitivity and hooksetting power. This

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St. Croix Avid Series Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods
"Ultralightweight, super-sensitive and extra durable, St. Croixs Avid Series Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods feature high-

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St. Croix Triumph Muskie Casting Rods - Black
"Going after the fish of 10,000 casts, youll need a rod up to the challenge enter St. Croixs Triumph Muskie Casting Rods

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St. Croix Legend Elite Casting Rods - Titanium
"The flagship rod in St. Croixs lineup, these Legend Elite Casting Rods are flawlessly handcrafted using the most advanc

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St. Croix Legend Elite Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods - Titanium
"The flagship rod in St. Croixs Salmon and Steelhead lineup, these Legend Elite Casting Rods are flawlessly handcrafted

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St. Croix Mojo Bass Casting Rods - Black
"Lighter and more balanced and sensitive than ever, St. Croixs Mojo Bass Casting Rod uses premium, high-modulus SCIII gr

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St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass Casting Rods
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St. Croix Mojo Cat Casting Rods - Black
"Premium high-strain SCII graphite and 100% linear S-glass blanks offer lightweight ultrasensitive performance in action

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St. Croix Bass X Casting Rods
"The St. Croix Bass X Casting Rod is redefining what is to be expected from a casting rod in the $100 bass-rod category.

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Team Catfish Thunder Cat Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
Team Catfishs Thunder Cat Casting Rod has all the features catfish hunters appreciate. Long anti-slip EVA Power Foam han

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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.