While you can quite readily fish for Kamloops with just about any fishing rod, a more specialized approach suits most anglers and provides better tools for the kinds of fishing that they will be pursuing in going after Kamloops. Long and powerful rods facilitate longer casts, better bait control and movement, and better hook-setting abilities.
In the fall, there are river, shore, and trolling opportunities for Kamloops and the rods used for each have different characteristics. Often with October rains the rivers near Duluth will take a run of Kamloops. When targeting fall river fish, a drift rod with either a spinning or fly reel seems to be preferred by many. Fly or medium light powered, fast action steelhead rods about 9’ long are commonly used to cast and drift spawn bags or yarn flies. These rods generally have about a 7” fore grip and 2”-5” rear grips. The rod is usually held at the fore grip where it provides a balance point.
On the shore, rod preferences will vary. A 9’ medium powered steelhead spinning rod with a 7” fore grip and a 6.5” rear grip is used by many for fishing floating spawn bags off the bottom. The long fore grip creates balance and also allows good bracing up towards the elbow when fighting a fish. Also, the rear grip is long enough to be stable in a rod holder. A fast action and powerful rod is especially useful in rough water lake situations or strong river currents at the river mouths. Somewhat longer and lighter powered rods with slower actions are better for casting night crawlers without whipping them off the hook.
For casting spoons in the fall, some will prefer to hold the rod continuously at the reel seat position. Here a medium-light powered 9’-10’ rod with a short fore grip and an 8”-10” rear grip suits many. For just about any season or situation 4lb.-6lb. test is all that is required from shore but rods with more powerful line ratings in the 6lb.-15lb. range and lure weight ratings of 3/8oz.-3/4oz. make better tools. Just remember to adjust the reel drag accordingly.
For fall trolling for Kamloops, composite downrigger or board line trolling rods with long rear grips for rod holders are the way to go. They are typically 7’-8.5’ in length and handle line of 10lb.-20lb. test for the fall trolling opportunity that usually starts around the end of September and lasts until the McQuade and Knife River accesses freeze up in late November.
For winter bobber fishing requiring long casts, rods that are 9.5’-10’ and having medium power and fast actions are the best tools. Shorter and lighter powered rods around 9’ are suitable for small bobbers, plugs, and spoons for the close to mid-distance fishing that occurs in the spring prior to the spawning run around April. These rods also work well off the river mouths when the current is not excessive. When fishing floating spawn bags off the bottom in strong current at the river mouths, the 9’ medium-powered rod is again the best rod for the situation.
During the spring spawning runs in the rivers, the 9’ drift rod is the most common one used. A fast action rod that has quick recovery gives the angler a better ability to detect strikes and hook more fish. Following the period when most of the fish have made their river run, small bobber, spoon, and plug rods again work the best off the river mouths in the lake for the late running or post spawn fish. Fly rods around the 7wt. category also become very effective tools at this time. This kind of Kamloops fishing sometimes lasts into early summer.
Round up your Kamloops rods and head out.
Shore, river, and ice rods. One can never have too many rods.
The drift rod for river work.
Nine foot long bottom rod.
Bobber rods in a nine to ten foot length are popular.