Is the reel one that you turn 90 degrees to cast? I think Alvey makes them. Then they are rotated back to crank the line in?
I have caught steelhead on noodle rods I built with a Shakespeare 1810 reel, 6 pound running line and 2 pound leaders in the gin clear AuSable and Manistee rivers in Michigan. What a great experience and fishery.
Downtown Grand Rapids has a steelhead run. The fish come up to the coffer dam. At lunch you see guys in suits come out, slip on waders and go fish. WHat a way to spend your lunch hour..