If I were to fish the Okanogan River this year, crosses fingers that the season opens again, would a 5wt rod be able to handle steelhead in the 6-8 pound range? Is it more a test of the user then the rod? Also is 8.5# tippet too much? I'm thinking in the future of getting a larger rod, maybe a 8wt for these occasions but I'm wondering if my 5wt will make it through this season. Thanks any info or tips appreciated. I'm still new, learning, and have never fly fished for steelhead, or salmon for that matter yet but dying to try for it some day.