I will be making a few rod purchases to coincide with the acquisition of a new drift boat and kicker. My wife and I are well equipped fly fishers, but want to branch out into salmon and steelhead fishing with other types of gear. I anticipate that we will want to experiment with the following techniques:
1. Trolling cut plug herring in Tillamook and Nehalem bays
2. Trolling spinners in Tillamook and Nehalem bays
3. Bobber fishing on slack tides in coastal bays and estuaries
3. Backbouncing for fall salmon and winter steelhead on both coastal and inland streams
4. Side drifting for fall salmon and winter steelhead on both coastal and inland streams
Clearly we will need at least four rods for the two of us to fish, given that we want to pursue both steelhead and salmon.
What I don't know is whether the actions and power ratings for backbouncing rods are significantly different from that required for shallow marine applications.
To be perfectly honest, I have not yet been able to get any good advice on terminal tackle either; I do know we will not be in deep (over 50') water and will not be using downriggers, but that leaves as yet unanswered questions about using divers vs. lead and which rod actions work best for which applications.
My wife has never used a casting reel and may do better with a spinning set up, so please include spinning suitable rods in your recommendations; a couple of different price point options would be nice too.
Thanks for your time,