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I have a st. Croix Premier Series 6 foot 6 rod that I want to use for salmon fishing. I don't think that it will break but I want to know your opinion if I bring it salmon fishing do you think it will break? We are just going on a little river and I really want to bring, but don't want it to break. Thanks for the help.

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Don"t step on it, shut it in the door or fall into a pile of rocks with it in hand and you should be fine.

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Lots of variables here.  Are you fishing for chinook, silvers, chum etc.  They vary in size quite a bit.  What is your rod rated for line and power wise and what will you be throwing as far as lures?  As long as you don't over rate the rod you should be fine.  Just play em.

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The length of the rod doesn't matter. What is the power of the rod? Light, medium, medium heavy? You could probably break any rod if you handle the fish poorly. Use line rated for the rod and don't horse the fish in or try and lift it out out of the water with the rod. If the tackle is too light for the strength of the fish, he'll break the line before the rod breaks. 

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1 minute ago, Scott F said:

The length of the rod doesn't matter. What is the power of the rod? Light, medium, medium heavy? You could probably break any rod if you handle the fish poorly. Use line rated for the rod and don't horse the fish in or try and lift it out out of the water with the rod. If the tackle is too light for the strength of the fish, he'll break the line before the rod breaks. 

 

7 minutes ago, Oregon Native said:

Lots of variables here.  Are you fishing for chinook, silvers, chum etc.  They vary in size quite a bit.  What is your rod rated for line and power wise and what will you be throwing as far as lures?  As long as you don't over rate the rod you should be fine.  Just play em.

PC66MF2 6'6" M Fast 2 10 - 17 1/4 - 3/4 4.0

Model PC66MF2     6'6"       M         Fast      2 peices     10-17 line weight      1/4-3/4 oz lure weight 

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I would use it. I would lessen my drag a little. Lots of times I target one species of fish and catch others.  Several years ago I was fishing with an Irod 7 foot crankbait rod for rock here on the Chesapeake Bay. I was throwing a 3/4 rattle trap in about 15 feet of water when a 18 pound blue cat hit it and ran out under my boat. I had to have my partner run up to the front deck and pull the trolling motor up so I could work the line around the front of the boat. The rod was actually doubled over like an Ugly Stick, and it nearly spooled me with that first run. I landed it with some back and forth. LOL  Just this April my wife and I were fishing on Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky. We were fishing a steep bluff with the boat sitting out in about 25 feet of water. She was fishing her beloved G Loomis 721 GLX. That is a 6 foot medium light 1/16 to 5/16 rod with a 1/10 Ned Rig.  She hooked and landed a 6 1/2 pound channel cat that ran her from the front to back deck several times. Once again all she did was lessen the drag and play the fish until it came boat side.  I laughed the whole time as she did it, but she did a perfect job. Obliviously if I were targeting big cats my equipment choice would have been different.   

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You should be able to land salmon with the rod you mentioned. It is a well made rod that is capable of landing large fish if you don't abuse it. Take care of the rod and you will have it for many years.

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If you know how to use your drag and handle the fish property you shouldn't have nothing to worry about. I use line that far exceeds my rods limitations quite a bit and have never broken a rod. 

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19 hours ago, AustinHellickson said:

I have a st. Croix Premier Series 6 foot 6 rod that I want to use for salmon fishing. I don't think that it will break but I want to know your opinion if I bring it salmon fishing do you think it will break? We are just going on a little river and I really want to bring, but don't want it to break. Thanks for the help.

I'm not sure about salmon but I fished for pretty big bass (probably 6-7lbs) and big catfish (accidentally caught a couple) up in PA using an ultralight setup that was around 50 bucks. I think you'll be fine as long as your take your time and make sure you aren't tearing lips or putting too much pressure on the rod. Again, i do not know about Salmon but I hope this helps!

 

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I have used bass gear casting for king salmon for many years. Key word is casting. If you are going to be trolling, I would opt for a rod/reel combo designed for that

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