Looking for a recommendation/opinion on a setup for use in NY on the Oswego and Salmon Rivers and other streams draining into the east side of L. Ontario.
Both salmon and steelies are there at the same time in the Fall. So, I’m looking for a rod that would handle both. I’d probably string it with 30# PowerPro as the backing on a spinning reel. I usually use a sliding sinker with up to an ounce size slinky (homemade) and a 3-4 foot leader, 5# fluoro for steelies only or 15# when both are present. And usually baited with egg sacks (homemade).
I’m thinking MH with fast action to satisfy these needs. I was thinking about as long a rod as possible similar to that done for center-pinning style fishing as that’s not much different than what I do (without the float). That drives me to either the Shimano Clarus CSS100MH2B @ $130 or G. Loomis Salmon Float Spinning Rod STFR1474 @ $375. That’s a big monetary difference, but also 2’3” difference. I suspect I miss strikes often because of having to pull so much line off the water which a longer rod should improve.
Thoughts on my thought process?
I haven’t looked at reels. Suggestions?
Let’s start with the missed strikes issue. You’re using PP braid, so there’s no line stretch. Using a fluorocarbon leader also eliminates line stretch, so I don’t think that’s an issue here. I’m going to assume that strikes are soft, so you really need a powerful hook set since these fish have tough mouths. A rod that has a fast action would be best. Given how you’re fishing I also agree the longer the rod the better.
After I looked over all options I think the G. Loomis STFR1474S (see: http://www.americanlegacyfishing.com/g-loomis-salmon-float-spinning-fishing-rod-stfr1474.html) would the best option. It has the fast action I think is absolutely required and has great power being a medium heavy rating. I checked out the Shimano offerings, but they just don’t have anything longer than 10′ in a fast action. That’s a deal killer for me.
Couple of other thoughts as well: I would make sure the hooks you’re using are very high quality and extremely sharp. I’ve lost too many fish due to dull or “flimsy” hooks that bend too easily. Also, if possible, reel down on your line to just above the water (if possible) when ready to hook set. I for one will do several hard sets on these fish due to the tough mouth. This Loomis rod will handle that task with excellent results.
Finally, be sure your drag is set as tight as you’re comfortable with (maybe even more so). Since you will be using a long rod you don’t want the drag to slip on the hook set. Shorter rods would not allow this, but a rod this long will. It will provide enough “give” that the fish won’t be able to shake the hook as long as you have a good set.
Hope this helps. Let me know if I can assist further in any way. We’re here to help!