“Noodle” rods (also known as Salmon/Steelhead rods) are one of the best tools for Great Lakes or Coastal salmon and steelhead fishing for many reasons. The soft action of noodle rods enables finesse rigs with very light line to fish effectively. If conditions dictate using split shot, you will feel every bump along the bottom and the most subtle takes by fish. Using a noodle rod for drift fishing with a delicate float and bait makes presenting a drag-free drift easy. With the rod tip held high, its length minimizes the line dragging on the surface of the water making for a natural presentation to the fish. If you prefer casting small spinners or spoons, you will be amazed at the distance you will get with a noodle rod. The leverage of the longer rod with its soft action launches bait like no other! But maybe the best reason for using a noodle rod for steelhead and salmon, is it’s just plain fun! Few things in fishing are as electric as setting the hook and fighting a large fish on a noodle rod. The rod absorbs every run, every head-shake, and every jump.