Salmon Fishing Rods

Friday, November 28th 2014.

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!

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$100.00
$100.00

13 Fishing Omen Black Spinning Rods
"With the assistance of FLW Tour Pro Stetson Blaylock, 13 Fishing has proven that you dont need to spend a lot to get a

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$100.00
$100.00

13 Fishing Omen Black Casting Rods
"With the assistance of FLW Tour Pro Stetson Blaylock, 13 Fishing has proven that you dont need to spend a lot to get a

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$99.99
$69.99

Abu Garcia Veritas Spinning Rod
"It feels light, but it packs a heavyweight punch for big bass. Weight-reducing Nanotechnology enhances the ultrastrong

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$99.99
$69.99

Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Rod
"It feels light, but it packs a heavyweight punch for big bass. Weight-reducing Nanotechnology enhances the ultrastrong

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$99.99
$69.99

Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Crankbait Rods
"It feels light, but it packs a heavyweight punch for big bass. Weight-reducing Nanotechnology enhances the ultrastrong

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$49.99
$49.99

Abu Garcia Vengeance Spinning Rod
"Catch fish with a Vengeance. Combining 24-ton graphite with the latest components and a split handle, these rods delive

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$49.99
$49.99

Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rod
"Catch fish with a Vengeance. Combining 24-ton graphite with the latest components and a split handle, these rods delive

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$79.99
$79.99

Abu Garcia Vendetta Spinning Rod
"The Vendetta spinning rod boasts a strong and flexible 30-ton graphite blank for extreme balance, lightweight strength

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$79.99
$79.99

Abu Garcia Vendetta Casting Rod
"The Vendetta casting rod boasts a strong and flexible 30-ton graphite blank for extreme balance, lightweight strength a

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$99.99
$99.99

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Spinning Rod
Spiral-woven 30-ton graphite strengthens Abu Garcias Veritas 2.0 Spinning Rod blank overall by 22% without adding weight

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$99.99
$99.99

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Casting Rod
Spiral-woven 30-ton graphite strengthens Abu Garcias Veritas 2.0 Casting Rod blank overall by 22% without adding weight

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$99.99
$99.99

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Crankbait Casting Rod
"The Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Crankbait Casting Rod combines 30-Ton graphite construction with Spiral Core process that in

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$499.99
$499.99

Abu Garcia Fantasista Regista Spinning Rod
"Featuring top-of-the-line guides and super-high modulus graphite construction, the Abu Garcia Fantasista Regista Spinni

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$499.99
$499.99

Abu Garcia Fantasista Regista Casting Rod
"Featuring top-of-the-line guides and super-high modulus graphite construction, the Abu Garcia Fantasista Regista Castin

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$59.99
$59.99

Ahi Sabiki Rod
"This innovative rod is designed to be used for fishing with Sabiki-style bait rigs. Built with only one feeder guide to

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$59.99
$59.99

Ande Stand Up Rods
"These specialty technique rods increase strain on large fish while you stand to help bring them to the boat quicker. To

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$39.99
$39.99

B'N'M Buck's Crappie Jig Pole
"These lightweight 96% graphite, 100% tubular two-piece rods pack surprising backbone and sensitivity. The 20 EVA foam h

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$49.99
$49.99

B'n'M' Sam Heaton Super Sensitive Crappie Pole
"These are tough, durable rods with the action you expect the most well-known crappie fisherman in the industry, Sam Hea

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$49.99
$49.99

B'n'M Ultimate Crappie Rod
"The Ultimate by B'n'M is built to be a casting, flipping or jig rod for walleye, bass or crappie or use it to rig for l

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$79.99
$79.99

B'n'M buck's gold crappie jig pole
"Made of 30-ton, IM8 graphite for top-of-the-line stiffness, durability and sensitivity. This rod excels in a number of

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$57.99
$57.99

B'n'M b n m pro staff crappie trolling rods
"10 professional anglers contributed to the design of this top-notch 100% graphite trolling rod. The result is an ideal

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$24.99
$24.99

B'n'M West Point Crappie Rod
"A two-section 100% fiberglass rod with the feel and balance of a graphite rod. Lightweight for all-day fatigue-free fis

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$49.99
$49.99

B'n'M Buck's Best Ultra-Lite Crappie Jig Pole
"BnM took their famous BBUL series and added a bottom reel seat for perfect balance, and a touch system that allows you

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$39.99
$39.99

B'n'M Crappie Jack Combo
"10-ft., flexible, graphite/fiberglass-composite rod provides incredible sensitivity without sacrificing strength. The i

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$69.99
$69.99

B'n'M Duck Commander Double-Touch Crappie Rods
"The Robertson family loves crappie fishing and are fans of BnM rods. Sounds like the makings of a crappie dynasty. Afte

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$64.99
$64.99

B'n'M Silver Cat Magnum Casting Rod
"The BnM Silver Cat Magnum Casting Rod, like the original Silver Cat, is a 100% fiberglass rod with a wrapped nylon cord

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$64.99
$64.99

B'n'M Silver Cat Magnum Spinning Rod
"The BnM Silver Cat Magnum Spinning Rod, like the original Silver Cat, is a 100% fiberglass rod with a wrapped nylon cor

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$4.99
$4.99

B'n'M Bamboo Crappie Rod
"Leave the high-tech, serious fisherman attitude at home and just have some fun. Head on down to your local panfish hole

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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.

Weight

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.

Specific fishing

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.