T-40X Salmon and Steelhead Rods: Advanced, Precise, Exceptional

A point of separation between Okuma Fishing Tackle and many fishing rod brands available in the United States is simply that at Okuma, we own our factory.  When you purchase an Okuma fishing rod, we built it. There are no sales agents, no middlemen markups, no disconnected factory punching out widgets for some unknown company and end user. We are the factory.

In the development of T-40X salmon and steelhead rods, fishing rod action, sensitivity, responsiveness and durability were the qualities that defined perfection.  Furthermore, we wanted these rods to be accessible to anglers. In the sam manner that SST rods brought IM8 graphite, refined actions and quality components to anglers craving true performance, T-40X would put “premium” within reach.

Clackamas River Steelhead Fishing

T-40X rod development considered every aspect of performance to bring exceptional performance within reach of every day anglers.

T-40X salmon and steelhead rods begin with 40-Ton carbon fiber blanks. Requiring less material to develop the necessary power, the material lightens the rod blanks and increases both sensitivity and responsiveness. Even in applications such as trolling where inherent sensitivity is not necessary to success, when a fish is hooked, every move it makes is telegraphed. The experience is rich.

Of course, for “feel” techniques like drift-fishing, 40-Ton carbon fiber enhances all aspects of sensitivity and speed of response.  In all fishing applications, the lighter blanks are simply more fun to fish.

The guide sets include ALPS Deep Press stainless steel guide frames for exceptional strength in rocky river environments as well as aluminum sleds in the case of the salmon trolling rods. Aluminum-oxide L-ring guide inserts are hardened for a long life fishing abrasive braided lines and any monofilament in existence. Casting rods utilize double foot guide frames for strength while spinning rods utilize single-foot guide frames.

In a radical advancement in salmon and steelhead fishing rods, the handle systems on  float fishing, side-drifting and drift-fishing rods are split grip designs utilizing carbon fiber components. Split grips eliminate weight in what is an unused portion of the rod handle. The grip area remains very comfortable while the conical butt section still lends itself as an easy leverage point under the arm or behind the forearm when fighting fish.  On salmon trolling models, full 1k woven graphite rear grips slide effortlessly in and out of rod holders.

Overall, forward-thinking T-40X handle systems are sensitive, durable and perhaps even more importantly, cleanable in fisheries where the heavy use of baits tend to make a mess of rods and reels.

The T-40X rod series includes 16 technique-specific rod models, each built to excel in the most prominent applications.

The Spinning Rods:

Split grip spinning handles have all the support where you handle the rod and none of the weight were it’s unnecessary.

TX-S-792L- True Southern Oregon Side-Drifting

“Side-drifting” is a blanket term for two different techniques: side-drifting and free-drifting. In true Southern Oregon style side-drifting, baits are basically drift-fished at a about a 45-degree downstream angle from a moving boat. When the bite is felt, the hook is set hard. Boat handlers adjust the amount of weight and distance/angle of the cast for each run fished. Rods are compact, like the 7’9″ length here, to provide control. Casting distance is not a huge issue as the boat operator positons close to the fish. In true side-drifting, the TX-S-792L is the perfect choice. A quick, sensitive tip combines is backed by a substantial butt section. Of course, this rod can serve double duty pitching spinners in the pocket water of small streams.

For the record, Free-Drifting is casting well above the drifting boat and maintaining an upstream line angle at all times. It’s fantastic on the larger, gravel-oriented streams in Northern Oregon and Washington, but can be a very frustrating experience on more compact and bouldery rivers to the South.

TX-S-882ML- Light Drift-Fishing Rod in Spinning

Rated for 6- to 12-pound monofilament line and 8’8″ in length, the TX-S-882 takes on many light-line, smaller stream applications. Most often it’s a manageable length drift rod that excels in lower flow summer steelhead applications. It’s also wonderful for epic battles with fall silver salmon when rivers are down. Ample speed in the tip responds right now to the subtle mouthing of a bait or simple pickup of a spinner. We fish this rod with 6- to 10-pound mono in lower water conditions that demand stealth, or fish light floats with 14-pound braid.  The TX-S-882ML also makes a great pink salmon rod in odd years in Washington, even years in Alaska.

TX-S-902M The Drift-Fishing Rod In Spinning

Just 4-inches longer than the TX-S-882ML but with much more power from its’ 8- to 17-pound rating, the TX-S-902M is the drift-fishing rod for spinning reel anglers. Maintaining exceptional sensitivity when drift-fishing pencil lead or slinkies through rocky runs, the rod delivers a lot of inherent power to drive hooks home and control fish in winter flows. For anglers wanting to multi-task, this is our choice because it’s much easier to float fish with a faster action drift rod than it is to drift fish with a more parabolic float rod. For multi-tasking species, you’d also want to be packing the TX-S-902M for sockeye, pink and silver salmon fisheries.

TX-S-962L- Side-Drifting/Free-Drifting Rod

When you want to toss light free-drifting baits to exactly the right spot, this is your rod. A supremely delicate tip is backed by a moderate action constructed through the 9’6” length of the rod blank. When the fish takes the bait, clear feedback is delivered as the rod loads with the weight of the fish. Hooks confidently find their hold. Rated for 4- to 10-pound line the rod cushions the explosiveness of hot fish with every move they make. Smooth, even pressure makes short work of the largest fish. Split grips are quick and easy in the hand.

TX-S-992ML- Versatile Steelhead Float Rod

In float fishing, the keys to success are a smooth accurate casting stroke and the ability to maintain control over the complete presentation. At a full 9’9” in length and a beautifully progressive action, the TX-S-992ML is a go-anywhere float rod that excels in all but the largest of steelhead streams. Rated for 6- to 12-pound monofilament, most will use 15- to 20-pound braid on this rod for its floating characteristics and ease of mending. Whether a lightweight fixed float and jig, or bait with a bit of weight and a sliding float, casting, mending and fish fighting become intuitive as the rod responds to your every move.

TX-S-1032MH- Big Water Float Rod

In general, the further North you go, the larger the steelhead rivers become.  At 10’3” in length and rated for 10- to 20-pound line, the TX-S-1032 is the big water solution.  40-Ton carbon fiber build keeps the rod extremely pleasurable to fish, while its extended length works bigger gear, bigger water and bigger fish like a dream. The rod also makes a great Spring Chinook rod on smaller rivers like California’s Trinity and Oregon’s Santiam system.

TX-S-1092ML- Long Reach, Light Touch Float Rod

Successful float fishing shares the necessary discipline of line control with fly-fishing.  The better line is controlled to create a drag-free drift of the float, the more successful the angler will be. Reaching a full 10’9” in total length, yet rated for light 6- to 12-pound line, the TX-S-1092ML uses 40-Ton carbon fiber to deliver a float rod with incredible finesse. Use the long length to keep line off the water and effortlessly mend bellies as they develop. In no time you’ll be picking apart distant fish-holding seams with surgical precision.

TX-S-1092M- Long Reach, Big Water Float/Drift Rod

Like the TX-S-1092ML, line management and control over the presentation is the strength of these 10’9″ rods. Where the TX-S-1092M differs is its’ increased power.  Rated for 8- to 17-pound line, this rod will not only power-fish steelhead floats, it’ll also drift-fish and swing spoons with pinpoint control. On Oregon’s Deschutes River and the large rivers of Northern Washington and British Columbia, the TX-S-1092M matches the environment perfectly.

The Casting Rods

Custom reel seats and comfortable trigger grip deliver supreme sensitivity and a rock solid grip.

TX-C-882ML- Summer Run Drift Rod

From small stream to large, high flows to low, there’s a lot of difference in the power requirements to effectively fish for and land steelhead. At a slightly shorter length and rated for 6- to 12-pound line, the TX-C-882ML balances very nicely with light offerings in small streams or lower summertime flows. Many anglers have also enjoyed this rod when used to fish plugs, where a wide spread can be easily achieved.

TX-C-922M- The Drift Fishing Rod

At a full 9’2” in length and rated for 8- to 17-pound line, the Tx-C-922M is the ultimate drift rod. Long enough for exceptional distance and to control the belly in the line while being easy to handle and cast accurately. A light tip is backed with substantial power to move the largest steelhead. Split grips with “Carbon Cone” handles fit the hand perfectly while making the butt section simple to reposition as the fight demands, even with bulky winter clothing.

TX-C-992ML- The Float Rod In Casting 

Spinning rods are often preferred for float fishing because of their ease of use and ability to cast extremely light weights. With the addition of Okuma baitcast reels like the Helios and Komodo that utilize ABEC-5 spool bearings, free-flowing line from a baitcast reel is more achievable than ever before. The TX-C-992ML, rated for 6- to 12-pound line serves double duty as a light drift rod and an awesome float rod for a casting reel. The progressive rod action begins with a light tip and gains power through its length, allowing spirited fish to put on quite a show, while maintaining a tight line at all times.

TX-C-1092ML- Long Reach, Light Weight Float Rod

Make the cast, mend the line, feed the drift- the cornerstones of successful float fishing. Long rods minimize drag and line “belly” on the water. Consistently, anglers want longer rods to ply distant current seams. At 10’9″ in length, we’re not at center-pin length here, but close. Don’t let the medium-light power in the TX-C-1092ML fool you, at this long length, you’ll flat move fish. A wonderful rod for light to moderate flows.

TX-C-1092M- Long Reach, Power Steelhead Float Rod

In bigger water and higher flows, it simply takes more power to fish the gear and control fish. This medium-power version of the 10’9″ float rod is rated for 8- to 17-pound line and will take on any steelhead environment. Additionally, the extra power crosses over as a very capable drift-fishing rod and a primo spoon-swinging rod on large, wide rivers.

TX-C-1032MH- Steelhead/Salmon Float Rod, Drift Rod, Troll Rod

Rated for 10-20 pound line, there’s little this rod cannot do. First and foremost it’s a big water float and drift-fishing rod. However, it’s 10- to 20-pound rating and long action makes it a great rod for trolling smaller spring chinook salmon or silver salmon.  On Washington’s Olympic Peninsula or British Columbia’s Northern rivers, it’s simply a great all-around workhorse for much larger than average steelhead, silver salmon, chums and much more.

The Trolling Rods

Full 1k woven carbon rear grips operate effortlessly with rod holders. T-40X carbon fiber grips are durable and easy to keep clean.

TX-C-992MH- Do Everything Salmon Trolling Rod

The 10-foot plus rods are the rage in herring trolling these days, but the fact is, the long length can be a little impractical in smaller boats.  Finding balance is the TX-C-992MH. At under 10-feet, it’s easy to control and land fish. With a wonderfully progressive action and outstanding power, it’s a phenomenal performer for herring, Kwikfish, anchor fishing wobblers and Jumbo Jet Diver and bait. Also makes a great salmon float rod for larger model chinook.

TX-C-1062MH- The Salmon Herring Rod

More and more of our salmon opportunities are on the big water, requiring powerful gear that delivers a delicate, progressive action that allows fish to commit themselves to a solid strike without pulling the bait away from them. At 10’6” in length and rated for 15- to 40-pound line, the TX-C-1062MH is the rod that will travel with you to every salmon trolling fishery. Built with a full carbon fiber rear grip for easy use in rod holders, the premium materials are quickly apparent as you clearly feel every movement hooked fish make.

The complete line of T-40X salmon and steelhead rods are available in finer stores now.