How far are you casting? Are you trying to cast halfway across the Columbia/Willy, or 15’ out? Fishing near other people on the bank?
If your trying to cast 100’ then get as long as you can of a rod. Ugly stick is fine with a Penn reel. You will have plenty of weight so a backlash won’t be a problem. Bait caster would be better than a spinning reel. If you are casting 20’ away a heavy salmon rod will suffice and you can use it for salmon as well. Think a buzz or x11.
If casting near other people you will want to use mono line, or you won’t make many friends. I like to go with my bobber rod loaded with 80lb braid when fishing near plunkers.