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This post might be more suitable for the gear review section but it also pertains to this section as I'll be drifting the Stamp over Spring Break and need some advice.

I want to purchase a 9 foot steelhead spinning rod (8-15 pound rating) and reel for small to medium size rivers like the Stamp. I already have an 11 foot baitcasting setup for larger rivers like the Vedder, Thompson and Fraser, but would like something a little lighter in the smaller rivers like the Stamp and Chehalis. Any thoughts?
 

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Not bad to have, even as a second rod in case of an accident. Would work well in those areas that arent considered a "hole" with limited room to work with for casting, although its amazing how tight of quarters a guy can cast in with a long rod. I have a 10'6" and an 11' and always find myself using the 11'. Nothin' like a new toy so why not!
 

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Big Green Machine said:
I already have an 11 foot baitcasting setup for larger rivers like the Vedder, Thompson and Fraser, but would like something a little lighter in the smaller rivers like the Stamp and Chehalis. Any thoughts?
Umm! The Stamp is much bigger than the Vedder. Take your 11-footer.

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Big Green Machine said:
Umm! The Stamp is much bigger than the Vedder
even in the upper section?
Yes, even the upper section. This is a real river. It is not a toy! My "gauge" for river size is whether or not I can wade across safely. I can wade medium/small rivers like the Vedder, Chehalis, Cap, etc when the water is low enough. I cannot wade across big rivers like the Thompson, Squamish, Harrison, Somass/Stamp, etc. (Actually, I can get across the Stamp in a couple places during absolute dead low summer conditions, but normally crossing is fool-hardy.)

Take the big stick. You can thank me later.

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I'm on the big rod page also....Hey take 'em both, but chances are, you will be a lot happier with the 11 footer....If you have low water conditions, you will still be able to cast to those "hard to get" places....Lighten up the line on your reel to 10-12 lb with 6-8 lb. leader if you want to be sporting......Ortho
 
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