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steelhead rod help

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I'm looking for advice on a steelhead rod for fishing from the bank, drifting spawn with and w/o a float. Don't want to spend big bucks. Just curious what everyone uses on the rivers since it's been many years and I've not yet fished for salmonids here in Michigan (I'm a warm water guy). Looking for advice on length, action, comfort, etc.

I'm looking at Cabela's rods, but also Berkley's Buzz Ramsey line and Fenwick's rods. I've got a broken Fenwick I can exchange at a discounted price so my first choice would be a rod from Pure Fishing group, but I welcome any and all suggestions. Going to put a Daiwa SS1300 reel on the rod. Anyone care to share?

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I love the Shakespeare Intrepid IM-7 or IM-8, I have a couple of each in 10.5 footers. By far the best rod around for under 50.00.
Not only do they work great for the rivers but have a great action and enough backbone to use on the surf.

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