thanks, carl. was at the niles store last night, but the selection was really limited. they did have some 10' light action rods, called them crappie rods. may be a nice rod for dipping in the brush at pymy and skeeter.
I do not know that rod in particular but they make good rods. I would just make sure its not too whippy along the entire length of the rod. A good backbone will work much better and in my opinion wont tire you out as much if fishing for several hours and fighting fish. I use a Berkley Buzz Ramsey 10' 6". Can't remember the specifics of it but it was around $90. One more thing that I like on my steelie rod is a longer butt section behind the reel. Like 10" I think. That way you can use your forearm as added leverage.