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NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Ben Lori (---.110.104.253.tpia.cipherkey.com)
Date: June 07, 2022 05:46PM

Hi,

Just wondering if any of you has recommendation on blanks selection for Salmon.
(Location and technique-> Pacific Northwest rivers, drifting floats)

Is there a major difference between center pin and the other rods?

Looking at [northforkcomposites.com]

I am thinking about building two rods to be used with levelwind reels.

If you had to build the really good ones for yourself and did not care about the cost which one would you pick for the 4-10lbs salmon (Pink, Coho)

Then the 10-30lbs kings that often decide to plant themselves near the bottom or taking you for a hike using the strong current.

Thanks!

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Re: NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (Moderator)
Date: June 07, 2022 06:40PM

Hi Ben,

I use the ST 1065 exclusively -

[northforkcomposites.com]

If the river is very small, you can go down to the 905, but the 10’6 is perfect for a long float/drift as the length makes it easier to mend line off the water.

The blank is rated 10-20 , so it’s very versatile.

If you are floating eggs instead of jigs - go for the carbon handle, it’s easier to clean.

Best,
Aleks

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Re: NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: June 07, 2022 08:08PM

The centerpin blanks are developed for centerpin reels and float fishing with the same, a little different casting style and as long as you hit the water you are golden. My pinks/coho rod choice would be the HS 7600-2 (HM), if spinners/spoons/twitching was your choice. I have a G Loomis 3 piece travel rod in GLX built on that power/action blank that I have loved for 20+ years, I have by accident caught a 25 lb chinook on it and it did surprisingly well, it is however a spinning version. Super accurate, light, handy little rods, that crossover to smallmouth, shad, walleye, etc. also, a very versatile rod designed to be a steelhead plug rod. It is very protective of light line and small hooks when needed also, me and my buddy caught 5 spring Chinook one time below Willamette Falls, each were little 12-13 lb footballs, we caught them on #1 Dick Nites spoons with little #8 siwash hooks on them, we could have easily netted them all, but the season was closed so we shook them off boatside on short lines. 4/10 Fireline on 100 sized Shimano reels was used. If you have the transport and storage space and wasn't going to travel with it, I'd buy the one piece also.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/07/2022 08:51PM by Spencer Phipps.

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Re: NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Ben Lori (---.110.104.253.tpia.cipherkey.com)
Date: June 08, 2022 07:45PM

Aleks Maslov Wrote:
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> If you are floating eggs instead of jigs - go for
> the carbon handle, it’s easier to clean.
>


Thanks Aleks!
Which carbon handle would you recommend using (if you have the references that goes well with the 1065 ?

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Re: NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (Moderator)
Date: June 08, 2022 11:51PM

Ben,

I like to use a foregrip that is about 4 inches (about the length as the palm of most hands) and a 14 inch rear grip for a 10’6 long rod.

For the foregrip: (pressed up against the barrel of the real seat)

[northforkcomposites.com]

For the rear grip:

[northforkcomposites.com]


Best,
Aleks

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Re: NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Ross Montgomery (---.ipv6.telus.net)
Date: June 14, 2022 12:49PM

Aleks,

It would be great if you had a st1064 for float fishing coho and steelhead in lower water conditions and using lighter leaders.

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Re: NFC Blanks for salmon (float drift rod)
Posted by: Ben Lori (---.110.104.253.tpia.cipherkey.com)
Date: June 27, 2022 02:47AM

Thanks Aleks,

Would it be good to go for the cold carbon grip? I am debating because of the amount of rain we get in the pacific northwest.

Is there a table to "match" the grips reference codes or maybe an easy way to get around it?
Maybe some matrix table with recommended grips per blanks?

Thanks,
Ben

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