I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. This will be my introductory post as well. I have followed this forum for a little while looking up info on using a centerpin and I'm impressed. Well moderated ,low drama, and helpful people. So from a west coast pinning newbe, Thank you. Now to the good stuff. Please forgive me if it's been discussed, but in my searches some of the rods I've considered there it very limited info available. Ive been using what I have on hand to get some casting practice my under belt. Iv been using a lamiglas x11 10'6" ML and will keep it for close quarters. Now I'm ready to bump it up to somthing a little more proper. This is strictly for steelhead, but around here there is always a chance of a rogue coho or chinook but I'm not to worried about it. I've been looking at rods and have narrowed the field of rods down. Where I live there are no places to put hands on any to compare. Traveling for work is the only time I can get my hands on any and that is even limited to a few. Will be for 5-10 gram range and anywhere from 2'-8'. This will not be a full time gig for me as I use other methods as well so I'm not looking to spend $150-200+. I have narrowed it down some to these. All are 13'-13'6". Okuma sst,shimano clarus, bloodrun skein cane,streamside vortex and. x-stream. I want sliding rings. Criticism or other recommendations are welcome. Thank you for anyhelp.