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Selecting the right rod, reel and tackle

If you’re just getting started fishing, or you want to try a new kind of fishing, you’ll need a rod, reel and some tackle. To help you get started, we’ve put together some fishing outfits for trout, panfish (bluegill, crappie, pumpkin seed, sunfish), bass, steelhead, walleye, salmon and sturgeon.

Consider these a starting point. There are lots of other alternatives – talk to eight different anglers about what they use to catch trout and you’re likely to get eight different answers, based on their experiences and personal preferences. None of them are wrong, just different.

So here are our suggestions for getting started.

All purpose starter outfit for:

trout, bass, panfish

Rod: 5.5 feet long, medium action
Reel: spincast
Line: 6-12 pound monofilament
Lure and tackle: #7 snap swivel, size 8 bait hook, #5 lead split shot, bobber, PowerBait

Other lures to consider: many kinds of natural and synthetic baits, spinners, jigs, poppers

Also suitable for many bass fishing situations.

Light trout and panfish

Rod: 5 feet long, ultra-light action
Reel: spinning
Line: 2-6 pound monofilament
Lure and tackle: 1/6 oz. Rooster Tail spinner

Other lures to consider: many kinds of natural and synthetic baits, spinners, crappie jigs, poppers

Larger bass

Rod: 6.5 feet long, medium action
Reel: baitcasting
Line: 6-15 pound monofilament
Lure and tackle: 3/8 oz. jig with weed guard

Other lures to consider: many kinds of natural and synthetic baits, spinnerbaits, poppers, crankbaits

Also suitable for trout and panfish.

Trout, panfish and bass
fly-fishing

Rod: 9 feet long, 5-weight, medium/fast action
Reel: fly reel
Line: weight forward floating
Lure and tackle: 7.5 foot, 4X leader, wooly bugger (streamer)

Other lures to consider: wet flies, nymphs, dry flies, small poppers

All-purpose steelhead

Rod: 8.5 feet long, medium/heavy action
Reel: baitcasting
Line: 8-12 pound monofilament
Lure and tackle: #5 spinner

Other lures to consider: plugs, steelhead jigs

Steelhead jig fishing

Rod: 10’ 9” feet long, light/medium action
Reel: spinning
Line: 6-10 pound monofilament
Lure and tackle: 3/8 oz. swivel weight, 1/8 oz. jig, ½ oz. West
Coast slip bobber, bobber stops

Other lures to consider: spinners

Steelhead fly-fishing,
single-handed rod

Rod: 9 feet long, 8-weight, medium/fast action
Reel: fly reel
Line: weight forward floating for an 8-weight rod
Lure and tackle: 9 foot, 12-pound leader, steelhead wet fly

Other lures to consider: steelhead nymphs, skating (dry) flies

Steelhead fly-fishing,
double-handed rod (Spey)

Rod: 14 feet long, 9-weight, fast action
Reel: fly reel large enough to accommodate spey line
Line: Skagit spey line for an 9-weight
Lure and tackle: 15 foot sinking tip, 3 foot 12-pound leader, stinger-style winter steelhead fly

Sinking tip effective for winter steelhead. Change to a floating tip
for summer fish.

All-purpose salmon

Rod: 9.5 feet long, medium to heavy action
Reel: level wind
Line: 15-30 pound braided
Lure and tackle: spreader bar, 5-8 oz dropper, spin ‘n glo, #2 octopus hook baited with artificial salmon eggs.

Other lures to consider: spinners, plugs, wobblers

All-purpose sturgeon

Rod: 7 feet long, heavy action
Reel: level wind
Line: 25-40 pound braided
Lure and tackle: barrel slider with 5-8 oz. weight, 6/0 hook
Baits: smelt, squid, anchovies, sand shrimp

All-purpose walleye

Rod: 8.5 feet long, heavy action
Reel: spinning
Line: 12-30 pound monofilament
Lure and tackle: bottom dragger weight system, wedding ring baited with worm.

Other Lures to consider: walleye harness

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