An 8 or 9 would be a perfect rod for the GL's too light a stick and you wind you fighting the fish for too long. You want a rod with some back bone to stick it to them. An 8 or 9 wil handle Steel and Salmon. I have seen big Kings break 12w rods like they were twigs, so you don't need a thunder stick for them.
An 8 would allow you to go down to a lite tippet but still have the umph you need to steer those beasts away from obstacles.
Last edited by mjyp; 02-28-2003 at 07:02 AM.