Of Salmon, Steelhead and Stripers

DAIWA effectively targets them all with new Metallia rod series.

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (August 8, 2023) – On a mission to provide the needed actions and features to assist salmon and steelhead anglers – including crossover West Coast striper fishing situations – DAIWA introduces its new 14 model Metallia SS rod series, constructed from durable HVF Nanoplus graphite blanks and backed by a five-year limited warranty.

Within eight spinning and six casting rods for a multitude of fishing techniques and situations, DAIWA’s new Metallia SS series includes the right rods for everything from pulling plugs, bobber-dogging, twitching, drifting, and bottom-bouncing. Certainly, efficient from a boat, models are also ideal for fishing from shore. The series also includes one-piece ‘shooter rods’ that can crossover for NorCal striper fishing.

“While the focus with the Metallia SS rods centers on salmon and steelhead fishing, with recent fishing regulations in California extremely limiting the opportunities for anglers there, it was a must that we provide anglers fishing the Bay, Delta, and other area waters the right rods for success with the available striper fishery,” said Scott Byrne, who works extensively with DAIWA’s dealers in the NorCal region. “Anglers in the area are not going to stop fishing. If you can’t tackle a salmon or steelhead, the next best thing is to target big stripers.”

Also, part of the DAIWA development team on the Metallia SS rods series through his efforts with tackle shops in the Pac NW, Mark Landry notes that salmon and steelhead anglers will appreciate the comfortable and sure feel from the natural cork grips with an extended front section. “Anglers will also take notice of DAIWA’s X45 Bias construction to prevent blank twisting and how it contributes to longer casts,” said Landry. “And the lightweight yet durable Fuji Fazlite guides are designed to encourage long casts, while still being sensitive to the bend of the rod.” He notes the series includes two ideal all-around boat rods, the Metallia SS MTLA902MHFS and MTLA932MFB, while bank anglers will enjoy the 9’9” MTLA992MLFS spinning rod for float/bobber-dogging techniques.

Offered with fast actions (outside of the 10’6 and 11’6 ‘R’ power parabolic/moderate short-absorbing action) and powers ranging from light, medium-light, medium, medium-heavy, and heavy, the Metallia SS series rods vary in one-piece lengths from 7’6” to 8’, and in two-piece models in lengths including 8’6”, 9’, 9’3”, 9’9”, 10’6”, and 11’6.

“These new Metallia SS rods demonstrate further development by DAIWA in designing more rods addressing the needs for salmon, steelhead, and striper anglers,” said DAIWA’s senior marketing manager Marc Mills. “Anglers have gravitated to DIAWA’s Lexa, Ballistic, and Fuego reels, and now we have the right rods to match them up with salmon, steelhead, and stripers. And watch for additions to the Metallia SS series over the new few years.”


  • 8 Spinning and 6 Casting Models
  • Designed for Salmon, Steelhead, and Stripers
  • Durable HVF Nanoplus Graphite Blanks
  • Comfortable and Durable Natural Cork Handles
  • X45 Bias Construction to Prevent Blank Twisting
  • Sensitive and Long Casting Fuji Fazlite Guides
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty

MSRP $179.99 to $189.99