That is a great rod for float fishing and bead fishing steelhead. I personally think it's a touch light for the size salmon we have now. It doesn't have the power to steer a big fish but some times nothing does. Yes it will handle a salmon but definitely not my choice.
I have the Wild River version of that rod. Does really well float fishing or throwing beads. Handles thunder sticks surprisingly well. Overall it’s been a great rod and would buy it again. I fished my buddies Avid 9’ fast action medium. Had about the same power. The extra foot and a half gives you extra leverage when needed. It also protects lighter tippet when you need to.
Now if your looking to pull kings outta skinny water throwing gear or floats I wouldn’t recommend it. I would drop down to something like 8’6” heavy action rod.
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