I usually pick a rod on the size of the steelhead in the river. On most of the smaller summerrun a 7/8 rod is all the bigger rod I like to use. Even on a big river such as the Snake, where one can use long casts I stay with a 7/8 rod because of the fish size. With larger fish such as the Thompson and Skeena system I feel very confortable with a 9/10. For me any larger rod is not pleasurable in the handling of a steelhead.