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Does anyone use the berkely big game rod. Is it any good. I would be using the 8ft MH for steelhead and salmon.

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Can't comment on that rod...but I'd look hard at this one: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/temple-fork-outfitters-gary-loomis-salmon-casting-rod-2-piece~p~152vw/?filterString=s~temple-fork%2F

I have one similar to it, and if you hit one of STP's sales, you can get it for much less.

In addition to salmon...I use it for a pike/musky rod on LOTW when throwing 1 - 2 oz spoons and similar tackle.  Mine is a 9 footer...throws a 1 1/8 oz. Doctor Spoon about a mile.

 

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I use a few different rods for salmon and steelhead. For float fishing the creeks I use a10' light power or 2 power, moderate action spinning rod with a 3000 series reel spooled up with 12# nanofil hi-vis. For tossing spinners and 1/3 oz spoons and 1/4 oz cranks I use a 9' ml power or 3 power moderate fast action spinning rod with  a 2500 series  reel spooled up with 10# suffix 832. I use a fluorocarbon  leader on both setups  from 2# to 10# depending on what the situation and fish call for. Now that I've told you about my main setups let me say this about your question, I have used the big game rods and would not recommend It for anything other than cat and carp. If you want a suggestion for a rod take a look at the fish eagle series or 6 rivers series for a sub 100 dollar rod if you want to spend more take a real close look at the new e6x series and the avid series. I have not used the e6x but a friend just bought one and loves it I have a avid that is great. If you want to get a little crazy like I did you can always have a custom made with a north fork composite blank, the 2 I have are awesome but very expensive and totally unnecessary unless you just really want one like I'd did.

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I forgot to mention okuma has a  few different rods in various price ranges that are worth a look. 

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