If you really want to feel the rod throb, go old school and fish a 7.5' 6-wt bamboo single-hander. OK I know you're not going to do that, but seriously take a look at even a 6-wt spey it's a massive stick compared to a 7-wt single hander, plenty of rod to handle 95% of the fish on the deschutes. -John[/QUOTE] That's the most rediculouse thing I've ever heard. It's obviouse you haven't caught a lot of steelhead on the deschutes or anywhere else. Guys like you kill fish. A 6 weight for steelhead? Been there and done that. Totally irresponsible. I was personally spooled 11 times in one day at South Junction on a 9'6" 8 wt. Trout on the deschutes will spool you on 5 and 6 weights. Not my .02 but a fact. Please stay off the river.