give me your thoughts on the rod you use for steelies. I have a 9' rod that I use, but it's heavier than I'm sure some steelie rods are and I'm probably looking to find another rod sometime soon. I'm not going to invest 200-300 in a G-loomis or a St. Croix, but I'm sure there are some very good steelie rods out there in the next class down. the biggest issues I have are trying to "mend" my line in a current (keep my line behind my float instead of allowing the current to take it past my float), which seems to be easier for some than others; this is why I'm wondering if the weight of the rod has anything to do with it. I'm guessing that the lighter the rod (and the line), the easier it is to "flick" the rod tip around and bring the line where it needs to be, behind the float........anybody want to contribute their thoughts or suggestions?