Salmon & Steelhead - Intermediate Rod/Reel Outfit

Pacific Fly Fishers


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A perfect all-around rod, reel, and line package for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, our Salmon/Steelhead Intermediate Outfit will have you expertly equipped while still sticking within a reasonable budget.  This packaged outfit comes with an interchangeable sink-tip line system to cover as many salmon/steelhead situations as possible.  Whether you're targeting summer steelhead, winter steelhead, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, etc, this outfit is about as versatile as you can get for your anadromous endeavors.

The Sage Pulse rod is a favorite of our staff in the mid-range price category. It is a lightweight, fast-action rod with the power to launch long casts comfortably all day. The 9 1/2 foot length is our choice for the larger rivers of the Northwest.  The extra length helps with longer casts, better mending, and helps pull sink-tips out of the water with less effort.

We’ve teamed the Sage Pulse rod with another store favorite, the Waterworks-Lamson Guru S-Series reel. The Guru S-Series -7+ reel is the perfect size for your 8-weight rod and the Guru performs perfectly in the demanding salmon/steelhead river environments of the Northwest. Its super-smooth drag is sealed to keep water and sand from interfering with your fishing day. Its full machined aluminum construction is tough and durable for a lifetime of use.

Perhaps the most important part of this package, your outfit will arrive completely setup with a RIO InTouch VersiTip II line system. The proper fly line can make the difference between a great trip and a challenging one. The RIO VersiTip gives you all possible options to fish the water properly and is more convenient and less expensive than purchasing separate lines and extra spools. (More info below).

Your outfit will ship and arrive to you all setup and ready to fish. We will add backing and a leader to each of your four sink tips so all you need to worry about is which fly to tie on!

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Items included in this package

  • Sage Pulse Fly Rod
  • Sage Pulse 896-4 Rod - 9 1/2 foot, 8-weight, 4-piece rod

    Sage Pulse rods are fast-action rods that almost seem to be made specifically for our big steelhead and salmon rivers of the Northwest.  The 9 1/2 foot length of this 8-weight rod is ideal for fishing wide rivers, long casts, and casting sink-tip lines. Each rod is beautifully crafted and features nice components and a eye catching Lichen colored blank and olive thread wraps.  Sage Pulse rods are 4-piece rods that come with a rod tube with a sewn-in divider.  Sage Lifetime Warranty.  Made on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. More info.

  • Waterworks Lamson Guru 2 Reel
  • Waterworks-Lamson Guru S-Series Reel

    The Guru S-Series reels from Waterworks-Lamson are extremely popular reels that are a tremendous value.  They feature machined aluminum frames and spools and utilize the same sealed drag technology as much more expensive Waterworks-Lamson reels.  This is a die-hard reel that has performed well for us and our customers for years. Made in USA. More info.

  • Rio InTouch Versitip 2
  • RIO InTouch VersiTip II Fly Line System - 8wt

    Multi-tip line systems like the RIO InTouch VersiTip II allow the angler to connect different sink tips to change the depth at which your fly is fishing.  Changing tips is quick and easy via welded loops on the end of the main fly line and each tip.  Just connect the two loops for adding or removing a tip.  Included with the system are four different tips -- floating, intermediate sinking, medium sinking, and fast sinking.  The tips are stored in a handy tip wallet (also included) which stores easily in your jacket or pack. More info.

  • Rio Salmon Steelhead Leader Package
  • RIO Steelhead/Salmon Leaders - 12lb. - Three 6ft leaders & one 9ft leader

    RIO Steelhead/Salmon Leaders are designed for the demands of salmon and steelhead fly fishing.  They are made of a slightly stiff material for abrasion resistance and to help cast large flies.  They also have a heavier butt section than a trout leader, to also aid in casting larger flies.  In your package, we include three 6-foot leaders and one 9-foot leader.  Each leader will come already installed onto the appropriate tip of your VersiTip system.  We like the 6-foot leaders on the sinking tips and the 9-foot leader on the floating tip. More info.

  • Scientific Angler Backing
  • Scientific Anglers 30lb. Backing

    Your outfit will come with the perfect amount backing already loaded onto the reel and attached to your line. We only use the best knots to rig your setup. We use the Albright Knot with a lock then sealed with glue to connect your backing to the back of your fly line.