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Need advice on new salmon/steelhead rig for river bank fishing.

Hello all, I am looking to buy a new pole for a salmon/steelhead rig to use on the rivers banks of the PNW. I currently have an Ugly Stick SP1186-2M paired with a Shimano Sedona 4000 FD. I used this pole for drift fishing years ago (never even set the hook) and just recently decided to get back into fishing for steelhead/salmon. I just picked up an Abu Garcia Black Max Baitcaster and was thinking of pairing it with possibly the Lamiglass X-11 10'6" or the Okuma SST 10'6" pole to set up and use as a float rig. Do you guys have any advice as far as set up and pole recommendations ($150 soft cap). I was planning on putting 30# braid on the Black Max to triple swivel and then 12# fluorocarbon leaders to jigs. I am also open to setting up each pole differently based on recommendations and just wanted to have two poles on me in case one broke or whatever I could spend time fishing and not have to stop to repair or reset mine line immediately.
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Re: Need advice on new salmon/steelhead rig for river bank fishing.



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Re: Need advice on new salmon/steelhead rig for river bank fishing.

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I think you are on the right track with your gear choices.  I have several steelhead rods/reels but one of my setups that you may want to consider is the St. Croix Triumph rod and a Shimano SLX baitcaster reel which may fit your budget.  While not that expensive it is a very nice rig.  


Not sure if you only want a spin cast reel or not, but once I started using baitcasters, I could never go back.  All my baitcasters are left hand retrieve, just because it works for me when river fishing.  Have fun and let us know what you end up with!