New steelhead rod

Grant22

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Hi everyone, I am in the market for a new steelhead rod and was going back and forth between a 10’ moderate action 4-12lb okuma celilo or a 9’6” Medium power 8-12lb buzz Ramsey air rod. I have a Shimano schimitar now and love it but would like to try out other rods. I will be using it mostly for bobber fishing for steelhead and maybe some coho.
 

jamisonace

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I have 4 of the Buzz Ramsey 8-12 lb Air Rods. I love them. They feel like a much more expensive rod. When friends are with me side drifting they've commented on how much they like them. I think they believe they are an expensive guide rod. I really am glad I picked them up. I use two for side drifting and two for bobber dogging. I have a friend that fishes the Celilo rods for bobber fishing and he swears by them. You can't go wrong either way.
 

Hooked Up

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I'd add that I like a faster action tip for mending the line when float fishing. As stated above you can't go wrong with either one.
 

Artwo

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I've been fishing the Okuma Guide Select Pro the last couple seasons and really like how it's performed.......

Here's the one I've been using........ GSP-S-992ML, 6-12 LBS, 9'-9", ML
 

jamisonace

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I've been fishing the Okuma Guide Select Pro the last couple seasons and really like how it's performed.......

Here's the one I've been using........ GSP-S-992ML, 6-12 LBS, 9'-9", ML
That's a good rod too. The main thing for me is a nice soft tip to feel everything on the line. I do like some solid backbone too because the Umpqua fish can really make you work to get them in. Also, the occasional springer.
 

Grant22

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Ok cool, Fisherman’s also has some North river rods on sale and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with those rods. I’m still in high school so I’m on a pretty tight budget.
 

Grant22

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It the 9’6” or 10’6” better? Also I was going to pair it with either a okuma ceymar 40 or a pflueger trion 4000.
 
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Casting Call

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Depending on where you fish. North, south, etc. you may want to up weight your rod choice to cover all bases. 8#-12#, 10#-18#, etc. Tony
 

Grant22

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So it sounds like a 9’6” 8-12 moderate action, medium power with a pflueger president 40 and 30-40lb braid would be best because I fish mostly the Wilson, Nestucaa, Trask, Clack, etc from the bank and sometimes from a boat so I will be able to handle those big steelhead. Or a coho or even a chinook should that happen. A local store has lamiglass x11s on sale so I’ll prolly go with that one or a TFO rod and spend a little more for a bit better quality. Thanks for the advice everyone.
 
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