An 8w is a good all around for Salmon & Steel. Make sure it has good backbone, you probably want a solid fast action. Dragons are often the best bang for your buck, but some time you can luck out on a sale. Call Randy at Hatch Match'r and ask him what he has on special. If you want to targe Spring along with the other Salmon types I suggest you move up to a 9W. Your 6w is fine for pinks.