As many of you know I do not fish expensive equipment. I've never bought a rod over $100 and my go to reels are Pfleuger Presidents in the $50 range. Until they were discontinued, my rods of choice were the Buzz Ramsey Berkley Air Rods and I never really tried much of anything else. Now that Buzz Ramsey rods are no longer and I broke one of my side drifting rods I was looking for something else. I always buy rods in pairs so when I have company in the boat we are always fishing the same set up. For some reason I've stayed away from Okuma. I have friends that fish the Celilo series, they like them and they feel light and are super inexpensive....maybe too inexpensive is why I didn't purchase them. I was at Bi-Mart the other day looking at rods and pulled down the Okuma SST 8'6" ML. This rod is a little more expensive but was on sale. It's a 6-12 lb rod which is what I like for steelhead on the Umpqua. Not only are the steelhead bigger here but I pick up spring salmon while side drifting for steelhead too. I don't like the feel of anything heavier than that. After one day on the water and two nice fish, I can say I really like these rods. They are light weight, much lighter than the Buzz Ramsey rods and they handled a 12lb springer in a heavy tailout very nicely and were perfect for an 8lb summer steelhead. The only problem with my set up is the 3500 President. I'm going to find a 3000 class reel for these rods. I've never come close to using all the line on the 3500 and they do add quite a bit of weight. For the next 3 days the SST rods are $15 off at Bi Mart so I'm going to pick up a spare and a couple new reels. I'll update on what I think of the new reels once I have them on.