A wonderful big-river steelhead rod, this 9 ½-footer is the rod of choice in northern Washington and southern British Columbia. The extra length allows you to fish a float or use traditional drift fishing methods with artificial eggs, bait and spinners. Boat anglers like this rod for boondogging the likes of the Skagit and Cowlitz.
Designed for winter steelhead, where you need a little more backbone due to the larger weights required to fish high water conditions, the StR 865-2 has sufficient power to fish Chinook salmon. But it is actually best suited for silvers and chums. Because it has the power to move fish and bring them boat-side without a chase, this is a good choice for both boat and bank fishing. Additionally, it is a good alternative rod for stripers, blues and other medium-size saltwater species.
This powerful, moderate-action mooching rod handles up to 30-pound line and will troll/mooch up to 6 ounces or cast 2-3 ounces without a problem. It is an excellent rod for bobber fishing large fall Chinook near tidewater, and its oversized guides and tip-top allow extra room for a bobber stop.
The original Gary Loomis plug rod, designed to fish Hot Shots, Wiggle Warts and other deep-diving steelhead lures. Built with a really fast taper and a magnum-power butt, this rod works well for light-duty backbouncing as well. But the place it really shines is in cross-over duties on the hunt for stripers and small sturgeon. It casts lures of up to a couple ounces, no problem, and will handle up to 4 ounces in a trolling/mooching situation. The long rear grip and trigger reel seat give you total control.
Designed initially as a Hover rod for salmon and steelhead, the HVR 763 has proven to be an ideal bass rod too. This is an exceptional rod for small shallow-running crankbaits and vibrating/wiggle baits like Big O’s or Super Spots. This rod also handles small buzzbaits and stickbaits exceptionally well, and it makes a terrific ultralight saltwater popping rod for sea trout and puppy reds. The HVR 763 loads easily so you can cast light baits accurately, and it excels in clear water where light line and small lures are the keys to success. For the salmon fishery, Hover fishing is the presentation of eggs just off the bottom right in front of the fish’s mouth. The tip needs to be very light to notice a salmon pinch down the presented bait. But the blank must also have power for an angry 40-pound chinook. What makes this rod unique is an incredibly light tip and a powerful backbone all the way throughout.
A more powerful version of the Gary Loomis plug rod, designed to fish Hot Shots, Wiggle Warts and other deep-diving steelhead lures. This particular rod was developed for big fish areas like Tillamook Bay in Oregon or the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where you need larger plugs and more lead to be effective. Its fast taper and magnum butt work well for backbouncing bait and it is a real workhorse for stripers and small sturgeon. Able to cast lures of up to a couple ounces and handle up to 5 ounces in a trolling/mooching situation, the rod’s long rear grip and trigger reel seat give you total control.
Designed for mooching in tidewater and ocean salmon fisheries, the SAR 1065 has a powerful tip and butt, capable of casting 3-4 ounces or mooching/trolling up to 8 ounces. Rated for up to 40-pound line, the 10-foot-plus length gives you excellent line and lure control in all trolling and mooching situations, plus helps keep the fish from the props when you get him close to the boat. It also makes a nice surf rod if you need more than one reason to buy it.