Tuesday, February 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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$299.99
$299.99

Abu Garcia Fantasista Beast Casting Rods
"Built for precision power and long-term durability, Abu Garcias Fantasista Beast Casting Rods targets both in-shore spe

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$199.99
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Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 Casting Rods - Titanium
Abu Garcias Villain 2.0 Casting Rods combine first-rate components with superior sensitivity. 40 Ton graphite constructi

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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Venerate Casting Rods - Titanium
"Abu Garcias Venerate Casting Rods boast the fastest actions with the lightest tips. 36 Ton graphite construction delive

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Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Casting Rods
"Thanks to tetra-axial carbon construction and 3M Powerlux 500 resin system, the Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Casting R

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$79.99
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Abu Garcia Vendetta Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Abu Garcias Vendetta Casting Rods boast strong, flexible 30-ton graphite blanks for extreme balance, lightweight streng

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$99.99
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ABU GARCIA Veritas Casting Rod
"Abu Garcia improved the weight and balance of their popular Veritas Casting Rod for better performance and increased co

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$149.99
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Abu Garcia Revo Ike Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Ike designed it. Ike approved it. Now use it to get out and catch some fish. The Revo Ike Casting Rod from Abu Garcia c

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$59.99
$59.99

Ande Tournament Jig Casting Rods - Stainless
"Bluewater jigging is a technique proven to get tournament-winning results, but it requires the right gear. This high-mo

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$179.99
$179.99

Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Casting Rod
"The less rod between you and the fish, the more youll catch. Thats the simple truth behind the groundbreaking Bass Pro

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$119.99
$119.99

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 bu

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Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"The Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Casting Rod is ideal for light line and lure applications. Built on a RT2 graphi

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$99.99
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Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier 2 Casting Rod
"The Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier 2 Casting Rod is constructed using exclusive RT3 graphite with Powerwall Construction.

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$79.99
$79.99

Bass Pro Shops Crankin' Stick Split-Grip EVA Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"The Bass Pro Shops Crankin Stick Split-Grip EVA Casting Rod is made with an exclusive Shok Flex Technology, a graphite

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$39.99

Browning Fishing SilaFlex Casting Rod
"Browning Fishing SilaFlex Casting Rods are designed with innovative Power Curve Glass Technology, creating fiberglass r

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Bass Pro Shops XPS Bionic Blade Casting Rod - Titanium
"Engineered for sensitivity, the XPS Bionic Blade Casting Rod features Bass Pro Shops exclusive PowerHump Grip the most

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Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx CAX Series Casting Rod - White
"Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx CAX Series Casting Rod is made heavy-duty, specifically for catfish fishing. The extremely tough

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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

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$99.99

Berkley Series One Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Berkley incorporates modern carbon-fiber technology with a tried-and-tested design philosophy to create a new generatio

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$99.99
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Berkley Tec Cat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Oversized components like handles and guides match with quick-response blanks to create catfishing rods like youve neve

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$49.99
$49.99

Berkley Glowstik Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"A glowing red rod tip on the second-generation Berkley Glowstik Casting Rods alerts you of strikes, increasing your nig

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$69.99
$69.99

Berkley E-Cat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
Tame big catfish with power to spare. The legendary Berkley E-Cat Casting Rods super-tough E-Glass blank construction wi

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$49.99
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Berkley Lightning Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
Berkley designed the Lightning Casting Rod specifically to handle todays braided superlines (and all other lines). It fe

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Cabela's King Kat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Fishing for big cats is serious business that requires serious equipment that can stand up to the long fights big flath

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$19.99
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Cabela's Whuppin' Stick Casting Rod
"Our Whuppin Stick rods have become a customer favorite for their nearly indestructible, advanced polymer fiberglass bla

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$129.99
$129.99

Cabela's Predator Musky Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"If youre targeting the fish of 10,000 casts, pick up our Predator Musky Casting Rod and start your countdown with a rod

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$69.99
$69.99

Cabela's Fish Eagle Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Fish Eagle Casting Rod features a rugged 54 million-modulus graphite blank that yields phenomenal bending stren

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$79.99
$79.99

Cabela's Fish Eagle Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Fish Eagle Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod features a rugged 54 million-modulus graphite blank that yields phenome

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$29.88

Cabela's Tourney Trail Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Featuring species-specific actions and designed by in-house experts, our Tourney Trail Casting Rods deliver an incredib

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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.