newb rod question

Jdavis77

Newbie
Dec 9, 2021
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Redding
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Jared
Boat
Ranger
I just purchased a Saltiga 35 Star drag with the narrow spool. I am looking to put together my first set up. i have been going on 1-3 day trips and just renting gear but I enjoy it and want to start buying my own gear. I was thinking 50 lb braid and i could do 25-40 pound leader? Also im looking for an 8' rod that would be able to fish mostly 25-30 pound fly line sardines. thank you guys for the help.
 
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fritofish

Newbie
Sep 18, 2011
79
27
Glendale, CA USA
Name
Jose
Boat
reel time
I just purchased a Saltiga 35 Star drag with the narrow spool. I am looking to put together my first set up. i have been going on 1-3 day trips and just renting gear but I enjoy it and want to start buying my own gear. I was thinking 50 lb braid and i could do 25-40 pound leader? Also im looking for an 8' rod that would be able to fish mostly 25-30 pound fly line sardines. thank you guys for the help.
any 20-40 0r 20-50 8' rod of your choice and budget will work. Phenix, Calstar gf, seeker etc.
 
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Kos

The Tug Is My Drug
  • Aug 16, 2018
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    San Diego
    Name
    Anthony
    Boat
    My wife's boat (yup!)
    I use my saltiga 35nld2 on a UC GP80 Tilefish Jr and fish 40lb on it. The 35 star drag would work great for 25-40lb. Pretty versatile reel that you could even use as your jig reel. Another rod option would be the UC GP80 Mega. I use mine with a 25/30lb leader. Great rod for fish up to the 50-60lb range.

    I loaded mine with 50lb braid to get more line capacity.
     
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    2Rotten

    Live in Oregon/Love to Fish San Diego!
    Jan 10, 2010
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    1,920
    Junction City OR
    Name
    Rod Lathrop
    Boat
    24' North River Seahawk Hardtop "Sun Dog"
    Very good budget rod in this line class:
    • 8'0' Okuma PCH 801 XH, 30 - 60#, $210
    Excellent rod in this line class, my favorite fly line stick:
    • 8'0" UC RUS 80 Terminator, 30 - 60#, $360
    For a visual, here is a pic of my RUS 80 Terminator lifting 18# of lead, to give you an idea of the power curve:

    USTerminator18Pounds.jpg


    Check out this thorough review of the RUS 80 Terminator by Jamie @ Bob Sands here:

     
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