Despite being familiar with a number of Burkheimer rods, and owing quite a "few," I always thought that 9135-4 is a rod more suitable for a large King or Atlantic Salmon, rather then Steelhead. Recently a friend of mine gave me his 9135-4 to try; what a nice surprise. The rod has generally similar action to an old 9145-4, is of course stouter and firmer in the lower 1/2 of the blank, generates faster line speed and at the same time has so nicely refined flex , may be even more then 9145-4; pure Burkheimer
Due to its butt, with lots of reserve power, it is great for a very large salmon, but at the same time ( tried to flex rod with line on it ) it bends beautifully under pressure associated with a typical 32-34" wild Steelhead. Definitely fighting a Steelhead of that size would be a joy and anything more will be a blast. The rod of course can be cast with any style, but with my favorite Scandinavian underhand cast the 9135-4 is even a bit better then 8134-4 or 9145-4.
Initially, I cast friend's 3D 11/12 F-H-I 630 gr/39' with fuoro leader and a good size fly, great. Then 10/11 594gr/40' even better . I feel that 550 or 650 gr would be fine too, although not the most optimum head.
Salar Finder 45 8/9 ( body was finished with 85 gr rio
10' tip T-3 or T-6) perfect.
Sinking F-S2-S4, typically needs to be a lighter , and not surprisingly 570gr/38' was another great head for this rod.
Considering that during a windy weather 15' rod can be an issue, specially after may days in a row of fishing, the 9135-4 is the perfect rod to fish in such conditions and more. The rod feels like a light wt.9 , but with a right butt position, can deliver power of a solid wt.9.
I am looking forward when UPS will deliver an elongated box..........