I love casting bucktails and plugs from the banks on the tailwaters. Most people use huge 10' to 11' fiberglass surf rods. They are extremely heavy. They usually cast 2-3 oz rigs. I started out real light. I've been using a 10 foot steelhead rod rated at 1-5 oz. I usually use rigs 1-2 oz and have been able to cast about 80-90 yds. I am thinking about getting a real surf rod to be able to cast over 100-130+ yds. So I've been looking at rods. The Shimano Tiralejo 10' med power rated 1-3 oz looks great. But then I started looking at some finer steelhead/salmon rods and there are many rated the same or heavier (2-6 oz). Does anyone know the major differences between high modulous graphite surf rods and high end salmon/steelhead rods of the same power, rating, and length? I figure the steelhead rods will be much lighter, so its very tempting. But those tiralejo's look really nice (haven't had a chance to pick one up yet, so not sure about how heavy it is). Is there a big weight difference? I plan on putting a curado 300 or calcutta 400 on it. Thank you for all the help, and I just want to say this forum is GREAT! Too much rain has ruined the tailwater fishing around here, but this forum helps me deal with the fever!