Expanding to surf and steelhead, reel advice needed

Fattie

Member
I googled spey rod and centrepin reels.. that actually sounds about right. Grandpa was an avid fly fisherman, and this was his heaviest rod (plus the hand written "steelhead"). i honestly have no idea though. I probably won't be visiting any pro shops soon though.
 

Casting Call

Active member
Chrom... Thanks for the invite for a PM. I prefer to stay public with my comments. I agree with you 100% re the professional world of rod building. I would not have it any other way! I was just saying that long rods can be used as center pin fishing set up depending on CONDITIONS! I have transitioned from skgit/spey to CP, covers more water (100yds or more) and more control for me on short runs all in one cast. Changing topic here, Why don't more peeps leave a bio about themselves? What are guys afraid of? Tony is 76 years old this month.
 

Anotherdude

New member
@Fattie 4000 You can still use the Ugly stick with a 3000 reel for salmon, steelhead, rock fish, even lingcod.

Everybody fishes differently though, and I would recommend you find a method that works for you. I prefer a 10' rod with waders for surf perch. Some will go with an 8' and shorts.
 

Fattie

Member
I'm going to look for a 9 or 10 foot rod, for casting distance.
I found a kastking spinning reel I'm interested in (3000), so at least that's done.
 

pinstriper

Well-known member
I'm going to look for a 9 or 10 foot rod, for casting distance.
I found a kastking spinning reel I'm interested in (3000), so at least that's done.
You can certainly use a 9-10' heavy salmon spinning rod for both salmon and surf perch to great good effect. Again, check the "lure weight" rating of the rod because that's the weight of the sinker's you'll be throwing.

Under 1-2 oz and you don't have enough weight to throw very far or keep the bait down in the surf. Over 3-4 oz is only needed in surf so rough you shouldn't be there anyway.

It's just not steelhead gear.
 

Fattie

Member
From what I can tell, I want a medium heavy power rod.. heavy rods seem to favor 4-8oz weights, whereas medium heavy favor 1-4oz weights, and i think I'm looking for.
 

Hooked Up

Active member
Fattie, the few times I've been I used my 10'6" #10-20 casting rod with an old Revo S reel. Worked just fine OFF the beach and jetty. Fish were caught.
 
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