Best Steelhead/Salmon Rod

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by TimHarden, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. FT

    FT Active Member

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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.
     
  2. David Loy

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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.
     
  3. 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:
     
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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.
     
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    It's the S3s and there is a thread near by regarding it (you probably already knew)
     
  6. gt

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    until very recently, my go to stick for steelhead has always been the sage 896 RP. of course this rod, in this material, is no longer made by sage. funny how when they come up with a winner, they change the product. you will occasionally find them on ebay. i have fished with the rod since the 70s and still use it today.

    my newest steelhead rods are the short skagit variety. kerry burkheimer built me an 11'6" designed for the 550gr skagit line. what a joy this rod is to cast, he does an amazing job of rod construction. he also built, a first for him, a seperate set of the top two sections to enable me to cast a 450gr skagit for the summer fishes.

    salmon are another whole ball game. for the silvers up to about 12#, the same stuff you use for steelhead works just fine. once you get up into the larger fish, you really should start thinking about a 10wt. when i was river fishing for 20#+ chinook, i never left home without the 11wt, they are just too much to handle on a smaller rod.

    of course, rod/line weight also should be considered in terms of whether or not you are consumtive fishing or practicing C&R. if the later, you need to beat the fish fast to give them a chance before that lactic acid takes ahold.