I can't find an "ARE" rod, and have never heard of the company. Is it an abbreviation or stand-alone name? While we're on this, I'm getting another rod for fishing the Wenatchee and the Methow, and am trying to pick between a 7 and a 6-weight. I already have a 6-wt Deer Creek switch, which works "kinda nicely" with a Skagit Switch head, but my Redington 8-wt Spey seems too much rod for these rivers. The Wenatchee's big enough for the Redington, but Methow's too small. Given the general size of the steelhead in them, I'm leaning toward the 6-wt. Watcha think, gents?