I'm not sure this is the right forum, but I think Steel-heads are quite close to Sea-trout (salmo trutta trutta). Now, I've read so many good things about lamiglas rods, I think it's time to get one! The Sea-trout I fish are on the Swedish west coast and rarely get over 5 kg they can whey 15 kg but I never seen one.
I fish mostly Spinners, spoons, plugs 15-30g, sometimes bombarda with fly, shrimp and worms. Since inshore fishing requires a lot of walking, it would be great if it wasn't to heavy. The reels I'll use are Pflueger President and Ambassadeur 4500 C3, usually with braid. I've looked att G1000 and Rogue River series, pricing around $200.