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Hi guys,
Never owed a casting rod before and was looking for some guideance as to what I should be looking for for both the rod and reel. I would be using the set up mainly for river salmon float fishing. Secondly with that set up in mind could I use the same rod for some leaded line lake trolling with a trolling reel?
 

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I suppose you could get away using the same rod of rboth trout and salmon if you went with something med/light. Unfortunately, that wouldn't be quite enough to handle springs in the vedder, or chum in the squamish. So depending on species, you could, but it sure wouldn't be ideal.
 

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yup especially when chum are thick in the river. like seriously..... :happy: personally i have rods dedicated to each type of fishes i fish. keep the salmon rod for salmon. (who really has a bright mind taking a 10' 5 rod to fish for trout?)
 

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bedheadbean said:
Hi guys,
Never owed a casting rod before and was looking for some guideance as to what I should be looking for for both the rod and reel. I would be using the set up mainly for river salmon float fishing. Secondly with that set up in mind could I use the same rod for some leaded line lake trolling with a trolling reel?
bedheadbean, I have a Shimano convergence. it is not expensive and I landed over 25lb springs with it. it is nothing fency but it does a proper job for beginners like us.
Also, try a search on the forum, there should be several post on "beginner set up" or something like that.
cheers,


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if you went with a straight medium action levelwind rod you will be perfect for both fisheries. I have landed many 40lb + springs on this same action rod (Berkeley Specialist Series to be exact) and actually one fish over 60lbs. I do not own any rods heavier than these for drift fishing because its just not needed.

hope that helps.

good rod on the market in the $150 range is a Fenwick HMX they are super tough and extremely light. Ask Wookie and Ortho as they both fish one :thumbup:
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I should have asked in the first place but what length of rod am I looking for ? From what I've read I assume at least a 10' rod is that true? Also would you recommend a baitcasting reel or level wind?

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bedheadbean said:
Thanks for the feedback guys. I should have asked in the first place but what length of rod am I looking for ? From what I've read I assume at least a 10' rod is that true? Also would you recommend a baitcasting reel or level wind?

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9' works more than fine. then it depends of the rod you are going to buy. re the reel, I have a levelwind one. I started with this and feel so comfortable now. But you may want to read a recent post re the levelwind and centerpin reels: http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forum/index.php/topic,9173.0.html

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bedheadbean said:
Thanks for the feedback guys. I should have asked in the first place but what length of rod am I looking for ? From what I've read I assume at least a 10' rod is that true? Also would you recommend a baitcasting reel or level wind?

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For salmon/steelhead in our local rivers, the typical rod length is 10'6" - 11' long. A baitcasting and levelwind reel are the same thing, and is a good option. Easier to use than a CP, yet more effective and versatile than a spinning reel for float fishing.

Try checking out these links:

http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forum/index.php/topic,8508.0.html

http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forum/index.php/topic,8281.0.html

http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forum/index.php/topic,1084.0.html

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Go with the Shimano Convergence. Best Rod for the buck. They are around $85-100. I have a couple for buddies that pop down from other Provinces and fish only a couple times a year here and beat on them. Get the 10-20 in the 10'6" as you need the length for River fishing. Will be a little long for the boat but still not a problem. As for a reel there are a lot of choices but if you want one you will not have to touch for a few years get the Calcutta 400B which is around $199. Yes spend the money on the reel. If not then read a few post here on good starter reels.

Cheers, Rob
 
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