Thanks Bert and Mike for your input. I will be using this rod towards the end of summer during low water levels for both SRC and steelhead.Last year during this time I used a 9ft.6wt. but would like the added length and the ability to use two handed casts. I have a Hardy St. Aidan or a Redington RS2 9/10 that I thought might work or then again a good excuse to by a new reel. By the way I live on the Siletz river.