Salmon Fishing Rods

Thursday, August 16th 2018.

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 2 Casting Rods
"13 Fishings Omen Black 2 Casting Rods feature 30-ton Toray blanks that incorporate Poly Vector Graphite Technology, pro

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$110.00
$110.00

13 Fishing Omen Black 2 Spinning Rods
"13 Fishings Omen Black 2 Spinning Rods feature 30-ton Toray blanks that incorporate Poly Vector Graphite Technology, pr

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$59.99
$59.99

13 Fishing Defy Black Casting Rods
"13 Fishings Defy Black Casting Rod defies the limits of casting-rod performance. Japanese 24-ton HTC2 blank with carbon

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$59.99
$59.99

13 Fishing Defy Black Spinning Rods
"13 Fishings Defy Black Spinning Rod defies the limits of spinning-rod performance. Japanese 24-ton HTC2 blank with carb

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$99.99
$99.99

13 Fishing Fate Black II Casting Rods
13 Fishings Fate Black II Casting Rod boasts 30-ton Japanese HTC 3 low-resin blanks to deliver precise action for excell

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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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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Ike Winch Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Designed by Elite Series Pro Mike Iaconelli, Abu Garcias Ike Winch Casting Rods boasta a high strain glass (HSG) constr

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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Ike Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Part of the rod series designed by Mike Iaconelli, Abu Garcias Ike Casting Rods boast 36 Ton graphite blanks that deliv

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$199.99
$199.99

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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$49.99
$49.99

Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Set more hooks and land more fish with the lightweight, balanced Vengeance Casting Rods from Abu Garcia. High-modulus 2

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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Ike Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
"Designed by Elite Series Pro Mike Iaconelli, Abu Garcias Ike Spinning Rods boast 36-ton graphite blanks that deliver a

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$199.99
$199.99

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 Spinning Rods
Abu Garcias Villain 2.0 Spinning Rods combine first-rate components with superior sensitivity. 40-ton graphite construct

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$129.99
$129.99

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

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$49.99
$49.99

Abu Garcia Vengeance Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Set more hooks and land more fish with the lightweight, balanced Vengeance Spinning Rod from Abu Garcia. High-modulus 2

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$299.99
$299.99

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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$299.99
$299.99

Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Spinning Rods
"The next generation of sleek design and high performance rods comes in Abu Garcias Fantasista Premier Spinning Rods. Wi

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$79.99
$79.99

Abu Garcia Vendetta Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Abu Garcias Vendetta Spinning Rods boast strong, flexible 30-ton graphite blanks for extreme balance, lightweight stren

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$79.99
$79.99

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
$99.99

ABU GARCIA Veritas Spinning Rod - Titanium
"Abu Garcia improved the weight and balance of their popular Veritas Spinning Rods for better performance and increased

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$99.99
$99.99

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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$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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$219.99
$219.99

ALX Rods Zolo Casting Rods
"The traditional way to build a graphite rod relies on energy-robbing, low-modulus scrim materials to create axial stren

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$149.99
$149.99

ALX Rods Ikos Casting Rod
"Built with the tournament angler in mind, ALX Rods IKOS Casting Rod delivers the power and performance youre looking fo

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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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$64.99
$64.99

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 Silver Cat Casting Rod
"Specifically designed for catfish, these medium-heavy-action rods have an ultrastrong backbone and a sensitive tip. Cor

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$49.99
$49.99

B'n'M Silver Cat Magnum Casting Rods
"The BnM Silver Cat Magnum Casting Rods, like the original Silver Cat, are heavy-dutytournament-level rods at a casual-f

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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.