Salmon Fishing Rods

Wednesday, August 21st 2019.

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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$199.99
$199.99

Offshore Angler Ocean Master Stand-Up Rod - aluminum
"The Offshore Angler Ocean Master Stand-Up Rod offers the perfect balance of lightweight and power. OM models feature Stuart machined-aluminum reel seat, with a machined-aluminum gimbal and protective cap. Fuji aluminum-oxide guides fill in between an AFT

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$149.99
$149.99

Offshore Angler Ocean Master OMSU Stand-Up Rod with Roller Guides - aluminum
"Offshore Anglers Ocean Master OMSU Stand-Up Rod provides optimum power for controlling prolonged battles with heavyweight saltwater fish. This OMSU model utilizes dependable graphite-composite blanks, built with Carbon Coil technology. An AFTCO roller st

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$99.99
$99.99

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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$79.99
$79.99

Offshore Angler Power Stick Stand-Up Rod - aluminum
"The Offshore Angler Power Stick Stand Up Rod gives you a consistent strength advantage needed for saltwater fishing. Rugged tubular E-glass blank construction delivers extraordinary toughness, while precisely tuned actions accommodate specific fishing te

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$79.99
$79.99

Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Spinning Rod - Black
"The Offshore Angler Redfish Extreme Spinning Rod is designed specifically to tackle the most popular inshore gamefish of the gulf and the east coast. The actions built into the tough and sensitive IM6 graphite blank are specifically tailored to handle ha

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$49.99
$49.99

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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$59.99
$59.99

Offshore Angler Power Stick Spinning Boat Rod - aluminum
"We deliberately overconstruct the Offshore Angler Power Stick Spinning Boat Rod to give you the consistent strength advantage needed for saltwater fishing. Rugged tubular E-glass blank construction delivers extraordinary toughness, while precisely tuned

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$129.99
$129.99

Offshore Angler Ocean Master Freestyle Jigging Trigger Rod - carbon
"Every Offshore Angler Ocean Master Freestyle Jigging Trigger Rod benefits from the proprietary Carbon Coil Technology construction, which strengthens the IM7 graphite blank by using a double-helix configuration of materials. The result is a perfect match

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$79.99
$79.99

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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$39.99
$39.99

Offshore Angler Brawler Trophy Spinning Rod - aluminum
"Offshore Angler Brawler Trophy Spinning Rods feature a Triple Bonded Hybrid Blank. The 24-ton slit carbon core provides backbone, action, and sensitivity; then a layer of 8-ton E-glass adds incredible strength and flexibility; and finally, an 8-ton E-gla

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$129.99
$129.99

Offshore Angler Ocean Master Freestyle Jigging Spinning Rod - carbon
"Every Offshore Angler Ocean Master Freestyle Jigging Spinning Rod benefits from proprietary Carbon Coil Technology construction, which strengthens the IM7 graphite blank by using a double-helix configuration of materials. The result is a perfect match of

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$39.99
$39.99

Bass Pro Shops Graphite Series Spinning Rod - aluminum
"Incredibly tough and extraordinarily sensitive, the Bass Pro Shops Graphite Series Spinning Rod is a versatile, everyday workhorse you can use in most any freshwater-fishing environment. The blank is constructed of RT1 graphite, a strong and dependable f

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$159.99
$159.99

Offshore Angler Ocean Master Travel Spinning Rod - carbon
"The Offshore Angler top-performing Ocean Master Travel Spinning Rod is convenient to carry wherever life takes you. The lightweight IM-8 graphite, 3-piece blank features Carbon Coil Technology, an advanced construction process that creates a double-helix

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$74.99
$74.99

Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx Spinning Rod - carbon
"Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx Spinning 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 reinforced Pac Bay

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$74.99
$74.99

Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx CAX Series Spinning Rods - carbon
"Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx CAX Series Spinning Rods are 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 reinf

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$49.99
$49.99

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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$14.99
$14.99

Uncle Buck's Crappie Pole
"Telescopic Uncle Bucks Crappie Poles give you the length to pitch into heavy cover for big slabs. High-strength tubular fiberglass construction gives plenty of raw backbone, but is light and sensitive enough to feel subtle strikes. Also features textured

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$19.99
$19.99

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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$4.99
$4.99

Bass Pro Shops Cane Pole - bamboo
"These Cane Poles from Bass Pro Shops prove that you dont have to have a high-end fishing rod and reel setup to have a fun and productive day on the water. Not only are these Cane Poles perfect for panfish enthusiasts, but a Cane Pole also makes a great s

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$34.99
$34.99

Offshore Angler Power Plus Trophy Class Boat Conventional Rod - chrome
"The Offshore Angler Power Plus Trophy Class Boat Conventional Rod is a value-priced all-purpose rod, ideal for a variety of saltwater fishing techniques from a boat. Stout fiberglass blanks allow you to set the hook with a lot of line out, and battle har

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$15.99
$15.99

Uncle Buck's Deluxe Crappie Pole - stainless steel
"Telescopic Uncle Bucks Deluxe Crappie Poles give you the length to pitch into heavy cover for big slabs. High-strength tubular fiberglass construction gives plenty of raw backbone but is light and sensitive enough to feel subtle strikes. Also features te

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$59.99
$59.99

49009 Ande Boat Jigging Spinning Rods - graphite
"Todays modern jigging calls for a special rod, a rod that makes a critical difference in lure presentation and fish-fighting ability. Ande Boat Jigging Rods have fast tips and powerful butt sections to deliver the right lure action. And, while Ande Boat

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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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$199.99
$199.99

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 Spinning Rods - carbon
Abu Garcias Villain 2.0 Spinning 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 d

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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Venerate Spinning Rods - cork
"Abu Garcias Venerate Spinning Rods boast the fastest actions with the lightest tips. 36 Ton graphite construction delivers a lightweight balance and increased sensitivity. Plus, titanium alloy frame guides feature zirconium inserts, resulting in a more b

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$299.99
$299.99

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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$299.99
$299.99

Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Spinning Rods - carbon
"The next generation of sleek design and high performance rods comes in Abu Garcias Fantasista Premier Spinning Rods. With premium carbon blanks and 3M Powerlux 500 resin system, these rods deliver powerful ultralight blanks with higher break strength and

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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.