Browning Fishing Six Rivers Salmon/Steelhead Trigger Rod
I have the 17#, 8'6" casting and 8'6" 12#-rated spinning.
The casting reel is a Diawa Millionaire CV-Z 253, 17# Trilene XL.
Accuracy of the rod is excellent, feel, sensitivity, strength are very good. It has yet to catch its intended steelhead, but 12 Coho salmon are notched on the handle.
Casting action is smooth, with enough backbone to add a boost to your longer casts.
Rated at 1/4 oz+, it easily casts 1/4 oz jigs over 100'. With 3/8 oz+ you'll clear the other river bank. On short casts to closer targets, even 3/16 oz is well-handled and goes right where you want it.
The 12# 8'6" spinning rod outcasts and outfishes my 8'6" 20# Shakespeare Ugly Lite using the same reels and lines, as 6 Rivers is more precise, more sensitive and has more backbone on the cast, even with its lighter line-rating.
I also really like the reverse beavertail handle which fits very well and is warm & comfortable to hold. The cork quality is very good. It is a very nice handling rod for panfry to freezer-quality fish.
I strongly suggest these rods as a very good choice. Even better, they are value-priced.
September 18, 2007
I bought the medium action after searching the store's inventory for an extra-long rod rated for 1/4-5/8 oz lures. In practice this rod leans toward a MH action; I use it with cranks and spinnerbaits up to 1oz when fishing for pike. I am confident I could land a 50lb fish with this rod, yet it can still cast a 1/4 oz lure just fine. I would not recommend the MH version unless monster salmon or strippers etc are the norm for you.
October 5, 2012
I have flown with this rod for two years now and have fished from Wyoming to Mexico with this rod and love it!!! The versatility and sensitivity is great for its price!! I fish 12 to 20 lb test and love the adaptability and durability. I have bagged 10lb bass on Falcon Lake TX and 10lb browns in Wyoming with this rod. It’s one of my top three that I choose when I fly for a fishing trip.
March 6, 2012
It gets the job done.
Bought the MH version, paired with an AG C4 5600 which came with the rod as a combo deal. Strung it with 15lb Big Game and chucked hardware just off shore for staging Lake Ontario chinooks.
- It's all backbone. The big kings put a bend in this rod, but it can handle them.
- Very nice corked handle in shape, length and feel
- Not too heavy given the power and size.
- Looks sexy
- 8'6" rod and only SIX guides + tip. That is about two guides short of what I would expect out of a rod in this price range. I have noticed all Browning rods skimp out on the guides for whatever reason. A quality rod should have at least one guide/foot + tip
- The rod pieces do not fit together as tight as they ought to. They fit, but they should be tighter IMO.
- The rod tip is very stiff. Granted, this rod is rated for heavy lure weights only, but it feels almost too rigid when casting.
Bottom line: A decent rod for seasonal fishing, but I expected a tad more for the price paid.
November 16, 2013