I would also learn the Wilson. It is pretty productive, and for a river I know next to nothing about, I catch alot of fish in it. It is also a blast to flick big bugs at. The steelhead will rise to tie one on. Not off of the surface, like OP fish, but they will move a few feet up in the column to slam bugs.
I used an old 6 wt., purple wrapped Lamiglas a few times, and an 8/9 TFO for the majority of my Eagle Ceek Coho last year. Mind you this was the bastardized drift gear deal, but the 8/9 was nice. Little heavy for fish that average 8 pounds, but luckily they were giants freekin pigs last season! The 6 wt. just buried to the cork and stayed there until you brought them in. I was just up in Woodland last week to pick up a twice busted rod, and I did see alot of fly outfits for less than 75. A G200, or somethin, 9', 2 piece, 8 wt., was 54.99.
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