How Do I Setup My Salmon Fishing Pole?

Setting up a salmon fishing pole is one of the most rewarding tasks an angler can do. A properly set up fishing pole will ensure you have a successful day out on the water and increase your chances of catching some delicious salmon. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting out, it’s important to know the basics of setting up a salmon fishing pole.

The first step in setting up your salmon fishing pole is to select the right rod and reel for the type of fishing you plan to do. Salmon are a powerful fish, so you’ll want to choose a rod that has enough backbone to handle them.

Look for rods between 8-10 feet long with medium or medium-heavy action. As for reels, look for baitcast or spinning reels with enough line capacity and drag power to handle large salmon.

After selecting your rod and reel, it’s time to spool your line onto your reel. The type of line you use depends on the type of fishing you plan to do.

If trolling is in the cards, look for monofilament lines between 10-20 lb test; if casting lures or bait from shore, look for braided lines between 20-50 lb test. Once spooled onto your reel, tie a strong knot (like an improved clinch knot) at the end of your mainline.

Next, attach a leader onto your mainline using either an albright knot or double uni knot. Leaders are important because they allow you to switch out lures without having to tie new knots every time; plus, they help keep the fish from seeing your mainline and spooking away before taking a bite. Leaders should be about 3 feet long and 15-20 lb test.

Finally, attach whatever lure or bait you plan on using onto the end of your leader using a snap swivel or loop knot (if using live bait). For trolling lures like spinners or plugs, make sure they’re running true and free before setting out; if bait fishing with cut bait like herring or anchovy, hook them through both nostrils with circle hooks.


Setting up a salmon fishing pole is essential for any successful day out on the water. From selecting the right rod and reel combination all the way down to attaching lures/bait at the end of your leader—the process can seem overwhelming at first glance—but taking it step by step will help ensure that you have all of your bases covered when it comes time to cast off in search of some delicious salmon!

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Emma Gibson