Re the Decho 6.5 II, I had one, tried a dozen lines on it over two years. Some were good or excellent pairings as to weight, but none performed with enthusiasm. The rod was the graphite version of a pedigreed bird dog that just doesn't like to hunt. I think that Dec had the right idea; a 12 foot 9 inch rod for 6 and 7 lines is a great recipe for a summer steelhead stalwart. Once more into the breach, my friends.