Shimano Tekota Reel

What is the best casting rod for steelhead and salmon?

I live in Washington and need to pick up a casting rod for steelhead this winter. I bought a nice Shimano Tekota reel, the 500LC. I’ll be using it out on my drift boat mainly.

Stick with All Star, Fenwick or G-Loomis like this 9’9″ heavy action with a long handle for extra leverage and balance. Since you are fishing from a boat, you might even consider a 10’6″ model good for 2-8 oz baits and 10-40 lb test.

Best of luck to you!

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