What Is the Best Size Rod for Salmon Fishing?

For many anglers, salmon fishing is an exciting and rewarding activity. It is often seen as one of the most challenging types of fishing due to its unpredictable nature.

Therefore, it’s important to have the right equipment when taking on this type of angling. The size of rod you use can have a huge impact on your success rate and experience.

The size of rod you select should depend on the type of salmon you are Targeting and the type of water you will be fishing in. If you’re angling for Chinook salmon in a larger body of water such as an ocean or lake, then a longer rod that ranges from 8-10 feet is ideal. This will allow for greater casting distance and more powerful hook sets.

However, if you’re fishing for Coho or Pink salmon in smaller rivers or streams, then a shorter rod between 6-8 feet is typically best. This size rod allows for more delicate presentations since the water tends to be shallower and there are more obstacles that need to be avoided when casting.

Choosing the right size rod can also depend on your own personal preference when it comes to casting technique. If you prefer to cast with short, quick strokes then a shorter rod might be better suited for your style while a longer rod would be better if you prefer to cast with long smooth motions.

No matter which size rod you choose, it’s important that it has a sensitive tip so that you can detect subtle bites from salmon as they can often be very light nibbles that might not even register on heavier rods with stiffer tips. It should also have enough backbone to handle larger fish if needed but still remain light enough to make long casts without becoming too tiring throughout the day.


When deciding what size rod is best for salmon fishing, it’s important to consider the type of fish being Targeted, what type of water will be fished in and your own personal casting style preferences. Ultimately, rods ranging from 6-10 feet seem to work well for most situations but having a sensitive tip combined with just enough backbone is key no matter which length you choose.

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Daniel Bennet