I have used a 7 weight 9' in Alaska for pinks, they're not that big. I used my Batson RX7, nice rod. Last year I broke it on a big Sockeye trying to land it up against the bushes and I high sticked. I caught a lot of humpies on a pink rabbit strip with pink cactus chenille body and with barbell eyes. Actually fair hooked, but you never know if they ate it or it just ended up there because I was swinging and stripping it.