A buddy who I fish with on the Oregon coast looked at me crossed eyed when he saw I was using a 10' 6weight for winter steelhead. Well I recently learned why he looked at me that way. I had a 10lb+ native steelhead make a fool of me when I tried fighting him on my noodle rod. I couldn't even budge the fish...with one head shake he broke me off. So now I am in the market for an 8 weight single hander. I am a big fan of Echo rods and the price is right. I was looking at the 10' Echo Ion...any thoughts??? What are peoples opinions on 9' vs 10' when it comes to fishing the small coastal rivers?