Cabela's DepthMaster Metal Linecounter Trolling Reel - aluminum
"Its base is a lightweight, yet rugged frame built of A6061-T6 machined aluminum with reinforcing stainless steel sideplate rings. The spool is made of anodized aluminum and is fed by a heavy-duty, stainless steel, wide-mouth levelwind thats titanium-coat
Cabela's DepthMaster III Trolling Reels - aluminum
"Cabelas DepthMaster III Trolling Reels handle depth and large, hard-running fish with ease. Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates are highly durable for long-lasting use. Mechanical linecounter helps you keep the perfect amount of line out at all tim
Daiwa Tanacom 1000 Trolling Reel - saltwater
"Daiwas Tanacom 1000 Power Assist Reel allows you to fish saltwater in ways you never dreamed possible. Just imagine dropping your bait hundreds of feet for big fish youd otherwise miss. Reel sports a Power Lever for instant control of winding speed; LCD
Penn Warfare Star Drag Trolling Reels - aluminum
Penns Warfare Star Drag Trolling Reels are one of the most versatile all-around reels at an unbelievable price. Lightweight graphite frame and side plates along with aluminum frame rings improve rigidity and help prevent frame flex. HT-100 drag washers pr
Penn Warfare Levelwind Trolling Reels - aluminum
Penns Warfare Levelwind Trolling Reels are one of the most versatile all-around reels at an unbelievable price. Lightweight graphite frame and side plates along with aluminum frame rings improve rigidity by preventing frame flex. Machined brass main and p
Shimano Tekota Trolling Reels - aluminum
"Built to take the brutal conditions of long-line trolling in heavy chop, the Tekota series helps you make the most of every moment on the water. Whether using downriggers, divers, planer boards or lead-core line, these reels from Shimano will meet the ne
Shimano Two-Speed Tiagra A Series Trolling Reels - aluminum
"Landing tough saltwater gamefish demands a reel thats geared specifically to handle not only the fish themselves but also the harsh environment in which they live. The Tiagra A series from Shimano handles these tasks with authority. Reels boast A-RB (Ant
Shimano TLD 2-Speed Trolling Reel - aluminum
"The sturdy construction of the lightweight TLD reels will outperform most larger, heavier reels. The lightweight graphite frame and sideplate keeps weight down while keeping performance high. The lever drag lets you make precise adjustments while keeping
Trolling is the most successful method of salmon fishing, bar none. Trolling allows an angler to cover a lot of water during a day of fishing, looking for the spots where the salmon are hanging out. A huge part of the success of the day when trolling is the type of trolling reels for salmon fishing that are used. All trolling reels are specialized pieces of equipment, and those used for salmon fishing, whether in deep rivers after kokanee and spawners or out on the ocean after maturing chinook, sockeye, steelhead, coho, chum, or pinks, need to have the necessary heft and capacity to land your fish.
The rule of the day when you are out trolling for salmon is depth. Species, time of year, temperature, and food sources will all determine how deep the salmon you are after are swimming that day. A lot of anglers will use radar devices to detect schools of salmon swimming under the water, but for years anglers have relied on the amount of line they pay out for a bite as the true and accurate measure of how far down the fish are. Level wind reels have been the obvious choice when it comes to both ocean and river fishing; the smooth action they provide allows for both better line control and an easy count as the line is stripped.
The most common style of trolling reels for salmon fishing are also the most successful; single action reels provide an angler with the control needed against the drag of the boat without negating the excitement of the fight when a fish is hooked. Single action reels often have a drag system, as they are heavier versions of freshwater casting reels, but these are often not needed. The best way to take some of the fight out of the fish is by placing your own palm against the drum as the fish is taking out line; this action, along with that of the boat, produces sufficient drag. Because of the nature of single action reels, you are always either giving line to the fish or taking it from the fish; there is no guess work involved in just how far out the fish has gone. The feel of the reel on your palm also gives a much better sense of a one on one fight that an open face casting reel would.
As you might have guessed from the paragraph above, open face casting reels can also be used when trolling for fish. For the most part, these reels will be used only with the appearance of fish within close proximity. Casting while trolling is difficult and not too successful, since the movement of the boat does not leave a lot of time for play, either in directing the cast or in playing a fish should you be lucky enough to hook one.
Single action, level wind reels are the best choices when it comes to trolling reels for salmon fishing. They impart the necessary combination of accuracy, fight, and ease of use to the trolling angler and are the easiest to use compared to the more challenging mooching and centerpin reels for salmon fishing. Mooching and centerpin reels are really the most commonly used reel for trolling in saltwater and not to mention the most exciting!