Newbie: All-round rod/reel?

Pasternak

New member
Hi- Newbie here. Interested in both trout and salmon shore fishing. And I have an 8’6” Berkley Air IM7 Steelhead/Salmon graphite rod that I bought years ago and put in the closet unused.

Now wondering if this rod is too long or otherwise inappropriate for trout. Also hoping to find one spinning reel that will work for both trout and salmon. So my questions in summary: Is the rod inappropriate for trout (panfish)? And is there one spinning reel that I might use for both, trout & salmon? Love to gather a few suggestions. Thanks for the help!
 

troutdude

Moderator
Welcome to OFF; glad to have ya. While you can technically use that rod for trout; it's overkill. Most of us use 5' or 6' ultralight rods for trout and/or panfish (crappie/bluegill); if we're angling from the bank. For trolling I use 7.5' light action glass rods.

You won't hardly feel a bite, or a fight, of a trout on a rod specifically built for bigger/badder fish like salmon or steelhead. Which, IMO, takes all of the fun out of the sport. And since you would use a smaller/shorter/lighter rod for trout...you also would not want the same size reel either. As you want to match the reel to the rod. So you would want a smaller reel.

This is also true because you would use lighter/smaller diameter line for trout as well. Versus the heavier gauge line used for salmon and steel. Plus you need a larger reel for those bigger fish; because you need many more yards of line for long spool-stripping runs as the fish fight against you.

In brief get yourself a shorter light, or ultra light, action rod with a smaller reel that holds up to 100-125 yards of 8 lb. monofilament line for bank fishing. Then you'll have some "reel" fun. lol

Or if your planning to troll for trout; get a 7.5 or 8' baitcaster with a baitcasting reel that holds up to 200 yards of monofilament line.
 
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BrandonBeach

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Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Fishing Rod 8ft
Runcl spinning reel
15-20lb Woven line.



Those rods have a sensitive tip, I have on occasion used it for trout, 40$ ish at bi-mart or big 5
For lesser cost spin gear my Runcl reels are great, 30$ ish on amazon.
this combo will cast a 1/4 oz lure like a rocket.

I use 20lb woven line, casts great.

This set up works good for me, for what it’s worth, I’ve fought steelies with lesser gear then this.

BB
 
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Pasternak

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Welcome to OFF; glad to have ya. While you can technically use that rod for trout; it's overkill. Most of us use 5' or 6' ultralight rods for trout and/or panfish (crappie/bluegill); if we're angling from the bank. For trolling I use 7.5' light action glass rods.

You won't hardly feel a bite ....

Well, I figured. I’ll stay tuned in here for additional opinions. But I expect I’ll put that steelhead rod back in the closet and buy a new rod/reel. Thanks for the advice TroutDude. And thanks to management for moving my first post to the right forum.
 
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Pasternak

New member
Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Fishing Rod 8ft
Runcl spinning reel
15-20lb Woven line.



Those rods have a sensitive tip, I have on occasion used it for trout, 40$ ish at bi-mart or big 5
For lesser cost spin gear my Runcl reels are great, 30$ ish on amazon.
this combo will cast a 1/4 oz lure like a rocket.

I use 20lb woven line, casts great.

This set up works good for me, for what it’s worth, I’ve fought steelies with lesser gear then this.

BB
Hi BB. Thanks for the input. When you write “those rods have a sensitive tip” are you referring to my Berkley or your Uglystick? Ugly must be the way to go. Everyone’s got one it seems. And it’s kind hard find a dealer that has one in stock
 
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BrandonBeach

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I believe Shakespeare makes those “ugly sticks”. The last few inches of the tips are clear, and more sensitive. Big 5 and BiMart near me have them in stock. For a fairly inexpensive rod, they seem quite nice. Versatile.

Watch for sales, I bought two at 30% off last year. I am always looking for low priced trout gear,
 
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troutdude

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I believe Shakespeare makes those “ugly sticks”.

Correct. They evolved out of one of the very first fiberglass rods, to ever hit the market called Wonder Rods. Which began production just after WWII; and could be bent from tip to butt without breaking. Ugly Sticks are the newest version of those rods.
 
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Pasternak

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I believe Shakespeare makes those “ugly sticks”. The last few inches of the tips are clear, and more sensitive. Big 5 and BiMart near me have them in stock. For a fairly inexpensive rod, they seem quite nice. Versatile.

Watch for sales, I bought two at 30% off last year. I am always looking for low priced trout gear,

I’ll get an Ugly. Many thanks.
 
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Pasternak

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Well, I’d buy an Ugly Elite 6’6” Medium if I could find one. Seems they’ll be unavailable until October. I like the great reviews. And I need that good price. So I guess I’ll hang on.
 
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