Best Steelhead/Salmon Rod

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  1. TimHarden

    TimHarden New Member

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    What are y'all's favorite rods for salmon and steelhead?
     
  2. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    Redington CPS 9 wt

    Sage XP 8 wt

    Gloomis GL3 7 wt

    :cool:
     
  3. Monk

    Monk Redneck

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    Hell, I'm from Marblemount. Pitchfork works in all water levels and all species and if you break it, you can pick anuther one up at the Darrington "you can do it!" center. No waiting for 3 months for that rod tip on the rod that costs more than your first truck.


    Disclaimer: That was a joke. I do not, nor have I ever nor will I ever (well barring senility) use a pitchfork for catching anything other than hatchery salmon/steelhead. I, Monk reserve the right to abstain from liability for any and all actions resulting in the posting of this response. If you are fishing for wild fish, read the regulations carefully and make sure you understand them so that you do not break the law while fishing for wild salmon/steelhead. buy me a beer.
     
  4. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Mello custom 10' 8wt. Dan Craft blank, fuji ceramic eyes. yum yum. Oh and the Jungle Cock accent above the grip is sooooo smooth.
     
  5. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    One with a big bend in it.
     
  6. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Oh yes!
     
  7. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Does your wife know about the big bend yet?
     
  8. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Why do you think she is my wife? ;)
     
  9. Porter

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    Not according to the female population...but thgen again you do live over there in the OP...or I would assume from your response.

    Back to matters.

    Sage DS or DS2 9'0 7 weight 4 piece will suffice for most...and will also become a favorite because you did not spend 600 bones on it....so now you can occasionally drop it..bend it against brush...scrape against rocks..etc. top that off with a Ross Gunnison 3 you are set for a life of dependaple equipment that doesn't need to be carried in a foam filled peanut case...Even Bob T. has to admit to this...but the rod preference might be different for him......but he probably would not be second guessing an outfit like this....Maybe 8 weight?
     
  10. Scott Behn

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    South Bend #47-9

    RX7 909-3

    :cool

    My favorite rods, can't say they are the best!!!!
     
  11. Luv2flyfish

    Luv2flyfish Another Flyfisherman

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    10ft 7wt Sage XP (IF i have to use the single handers).
    9.5ft 8wt Sage XP

    Otherwise....

    14ft, 7wt (7141) Sage
    15ft, 8/9 (9150) Sage
     
  12. FT

    FT Active Member

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    I use 2-hand rods exclusively for steelhead summer and winter. Lengths and line wts are:

    13' 8/9
    15' 9/10
    16' 8/9
    16' 10/11
    18' 11/12

    And the rods are from Loomis, T&T, and Meiser
     
  13. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    How is landing fish on a two handed rod? I always wonder with that much length.
     
  14. Flyfishsteel

    Flyfishsteel New Member

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    Here we go again...

    There is no best, but different.

    My primary rods are:

    G Loomis GLX Classic 10' 8wt 4pc for Steelhead

    TFO Ticr 9' 9wt 4pc for Salmon.
     
  15. Hoglipstick

    Hoglipstick tailing looped

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    Sage Xi2 8 wt., GLoomis GLX Classic 4 pc. 8 wt. overlined by 1 wt.
     
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    John,

    It is really easy to land fish on the long 2-handers, including the 18'er I use for winter steelhead on the Skagit once you learn how.

    Flyfishsteel,

    I couldn't agree more, there is no best rod for steelhead, just rods that best fit a person's individual casting style and preferences.
     
  17. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    Probably my favorite is an 896-4RPL I had Gary Anderson make in 89. We're talking "in possesion" I assume otherwise I'd probably opt for an 896-4XP which must be near ultimate for a single hander (IMO). Several years ago I got into spey fishing and I have 3 currently. One is a summer/fall rod (6126) and another is a cannon (DBF 10/11) both of which are fun but don't really see much action. Very much like a CND Skagit Specialist (8/9) especially with a skagit line. Gotta be one of the most versital rods out there for fishing hard to fish places and/or throwing any weight fly.
    BUT - lately I've been coming back to the 896 more and more. Life just seems simpler with it and I like that. It goes where I go more often because it's handy and it throws well. I can spey cast with it 70ish' if needed in tight spots and that's usually enough.
     
  18. Monk

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    I am gonna second the GLX classic 10'. Taken more on that rod than all others I have ever used combined. :thumb:
     
  19. ibn

    ibn Moderator Staff Member

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    I use a sage 896-4 XP for the rivers.

    G-Loomis crosscurrent GLX 7wt for the big silvers in the salt.

    Sage 590-4 XP for resident silvers. Hoping to replace this with an xi2 6wt, or maybe scott's saltwater rod, can't recall the name right now. I haven't casted it yet, but I like what I've read about it.
     
  20. Porter

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    It's the S3s and there is a thread near by regarding it (you probably already knew)
     

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