Friday, July 19th 2019.

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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Offshore Angler Inshore Extreme Casting Rod - aluminum
"The Offshore Angler Inshore Extreme Casting Rod is a serious fishing tool. Made with Shok Flex Technology, a graphite and fiberglass combination, resulting in the sensitive feel of graphite while offering the shock absorption benefits and power of glass.

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$49.99
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Offshore Angler Gold Cup Inshore Casting Rod - aluminum
"The Offshore Angler Gold Cup Inshore Casting Rod covers a wide range of inshore fishing conditions, including redfish, sea trout, snook, stripers, and calico bass. RT2 Graphite blanks with a unique fiber-layering pattern reduce weight and improve sensiti

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$79.99
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Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Casting Rod - Black
"The Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Casting Rod is designed specifically for inshore fishing off the Gulf and East Coast. The actions built into the tough and sensitive IM6 graphite blanks are specifically tailored to handle hard-battling big bull reds.

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Bass Pro Shops Graphite Series Muskie Casting Rod - aluminum
"With reduced weight and enhanced strength, the Bass Pro Shops Graphite Series Muskie Rod will stand up to the rigors of catching big, freshwater fish, such as Northern pike and muskie, as well as inshore saltwater fishing. The blank is constructed of RT1

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$19.99
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Bass Pro Shops Power Plus Graphite Casting Rod
"Bass Pro Shops advanced process combines graphite with fiberglass for superior flexibility and strength. The Power Plus Graphite Casting Rod is sensitive enough to detect light nibbles and accurate enough for long casts with full control. Lightweight des

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$299.99
$299.99

Abu Garcia Fantasista Beast Casting Rods - carbon
"Built for precision power and long-term durability, Abu Garcias Fantasista Beast Casting Rods targets both in-shore species like redfish and stripers and freshwater species like muskie alike. Ultra-sensitive and powerful thanks to premium components and

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$199.99
$199.99

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 Casting Rods - carbon
Abu Garcias Villain 2.0 Casting Rods combine first-rate components with superior sensitivity. 40 Ton graphite construction delivers a lightweight and balanced design with increased sensitivity. Carbon V Wrap process add a distinctive look and increases du

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Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Casting Rods - carbon
"Thanks to tetra-axial carbon construction and 3M Powerlux 500 resin system, the Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Casting Rods boast powerful, ultralight actions with top-end break strength and superior impact and fracture resistance. Enjoy maximized casting

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Abu Garcia Vendetta Casting Rods - carbon
"Abu Garcias Vendetta Casting Rods boast strong, flexible 30-ton graphite blanks for extreme balance, lightweight strength and accurate casting. Advanced IntraCarbon multidirectional carbon fibers allow the lightweight designs to withstand heavy loads. Mi

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Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Rod - graphite
"Abu Garcia improved the weight and balance of their popular Veritas Casting Rod for better performance and increased comfort. The 30-ton graphite construction uses Sublayer Armor with high-strength fibers for superior durability and hood strength. High-d

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Abu Garcia REVO Ike Casting Rod - graphite
"Ike designed it. Ike approved it. Now use it to get out and catch some fish. The Revo Ike Casting Rod from Abu Garcia comes in Mike Iaconelli designed actions to enhance your success on the water. The blank is constructed of 36-ton, high-modulus graphite

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Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Rod - graphite
"The Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Rod is extremely lightweight, sensitive, and well-balanced to give you the ABU fish-catching advantage. By using 30-ton graphite with SubLayer Armor, Abu Garcia significantly improves durability and hoop strength of the Ver

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Ande Tournament Jig Casting Rods - graphite
"Bluewater jigging is a technique proven to get tournament-winning results, but it requires the right gear. This high-modulus graphite rod delivers the perfect blend of power and finesse to muscle big fish to the net and create fish-catching action when u

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$179.99
$179.99

Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod - carbon
"The less rod between you and the fish, the more youll catch. Thats the simple truth behind the groundbreaking Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod. Its incredibly light, virtually an extension of your hand and arm, yet it can easil

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Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite 2.0 Casting Rod
"Looking for a competitive edge? Look no further than Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite 2.0 Casting Rod. Theyre built with Carbon Coil Technology, an advanced construction process that creates a double-helix configuration of materials for structural

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Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Casting Rod - cork
"The Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Casting Rod is ideal for light line and lure applications. Built on a RT2 graphite blank that reduces weight and enhances sensitivity. Stainless steel guides also keep weight down for a balanced feel. Screw-down ree

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Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier 2 Casting Rod - aluminum
"The Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier 2 Casting Rod is constructed using exclusive RT3 graphite with Powerwall Construction. This construction process creates strong, structurally enhanced rod blanks all with reduced wall thickness. The reduction in blank wal

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Bass Pro Shops Crankin' Stick Split-Grip EVA Casting Rod - graphite
"The Bass Pro Shops Crankin Stick Split-Grip EVA Casting Rod is made with an exclusive Shok Flex Technology, a graphite and fiberglass hybridization, resulting in a rod with the sensitive feel of graphite and the shock-absorption benefits and power of gla

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Bass Pro Shops XPS Bionic Blade Casting Rod - graphite
"Engineered for sensitivity, the XPS Bionic Blade Casting Rod features Bass Pro Shops exclusive PowerHump Grip the most comfortable grip in fishing. Contoured EVA split-grip with X-wrap is mated to our Full-Contact Reel Seat! This is sensitivity made simp

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Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx CAX Series Casting Rod - carbon
"Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx CAX Series Casting Rod is made heavy-duty, specifically for catfish fishing. The extremely tough rod blanks are made of a blend of E-glass and carbon to withstand heavy, hard-fighting fish. Bass Pro Shops uses structurally reinforc

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Bass Pro Shops Tourney Special Casting Rod - graphite
"Dominate the competition with a Bass Pro Shops Tourney Special Casting Rod, crafted with premium graphite. Remarkably powerful yet incredibly responsive, these tournament fishing rods are built on a high-grade, RT2 graphite blank that has a unique fiber

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$39.99
$39.99

Bass Pro Shops Graphite Series Casting Rod - aluminum
"Incredibly tough and extraordinarily sensitive, the Bass Pro Shops Graphite Series Casting Rod is a versatile, everyday workhorse. The blank is constructed of RT1 graphite, a strong and dependable formula that offers excellent value without sacrificing p

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Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Glass Casting Rod - aluminum
"Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Glass Casting Rod has advanced technology in a lightweight rod built for chasing panfish and trout. Bonded high-density tubular glass construction has just the right amount of flex for tossing light baits, and enough muscle to t

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Bass Pro Shops Cat Buster Casting Rod - aluminum
"The Bass Pro Shops Cat Buster Casting Rod is designed specifically for targeting catfish. Giant channels, blues, and flatheads have sent more than their fair share of fishing rods to the trash heap. Going toe to toe with these monsters of the night requi

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$15.99

Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Crappie Casting Rod
"Built light for easy casting and all-day fishing. High-strength tubular fiberglass is ideal for pulling slabs out of heavy cover. The Uncle Bucks Crappie Casting Rod features smooth ceramic guides for great casting performance, and easy-grip foam handles

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$10.99

Bass Pro Shops Classic 200 Casting Rod
"The Bass Pro Shops Classic 200 Casting Rod is an entry-level fiberglass rod thats perfect for the beginning or the seasoned angler. The strong fiberglass blank design provides durable, reliable performance, and the EVA grips are lightweight and comfortab

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$149.99
$149.99

Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Casting Rod - carbon
"Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Casting Rods give anglers professional-grade performance with top-of-the-line RT5 graphite rod blanks, using exclusive Carbon Coil Technology. This combination maximizes rod strength and weight reduction, whi

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Berkley Amp Casting Rods - stainless steel
"Turn even the most subtle strikes into catches. Armed with an Armadillo Hide finish, Berkleys Amp Casting Rods feature non-sanded composite blanks that offer a high level of sensitivity not usually synonymous with composite rods. X-Posed uplocking reel s

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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.