Well, I posted a question along these lines some time ago, but it isn't until now that acquiring a new rod may be a possibility. I currently fish a 6/7 wt 8.5 footer, and I am happy with it when targetting SRC's and smaller salmon species. During the past couple months, I've been in situations that I could've targetted chums, and after hearing so much about their tenacity, I really wanted to. But, I felt that sacrificing my only fly rod for one fish might be pretty stupid. So, now I think I can work a new rod into the budget. It's main uses would most likely be: Chum, bottomfish(Neah Bay Black Rockfish, maybe Lingcod), Tiger Muskies, Chinook, and maybe Steelhead. Also, my in-laws live in Mexico, so that is going to be a frequent destination for me, and I'd like a bit heavier rod to bring down there when I get the chance. I pretty much only fly fish salt, but I am interested in chasing steelhead sometime in the rivers, so it would be nice if I could use this second rod for that. Anyway, it seems to me that I should be looking at either a 9 or 10 wt, and I am curious what those of you who have fished for any or all of these species with one or both of those rod weights might think. Thanks for any input!