I was looking at buying a rod for fishing for salmon on the sound and in the rivers this year for fishing with my dad. Usually when I've gone with him in the past I've always used a spincast reel and setup. This year I'd like to get a decent rod that will work well, but isn't going to cripple the bank and get a lower end reel like a Cabela's Prestige until I can afford a really nice real. I was looking at the Echo Ion rod and I'm trying to decide whether to get an 8wt or 9wt? I've only really done trout fishing with a fly rod, but would really like to try salmon and saltwater fishing. Any other brands that won't break the bank but are a quality rod? Presently all I have for rods is my backpacking setup, which is a 5wt 5 piece cabela's and a scientific anglers double pawl reel. I don't think I'd want to be taking that salt water or salmon fishing.