I have an Okuma Celilo 8-12 9'6' rod that I use for Kings silvers, chum and steelhead on big water, or when I need to throw a lot of lead. They go for 40 bucks. The sst rods are really good rods, I have a 10' 6" float drift rod that has pulled in kings pushing fifty pounds on flooded rivers, but it has no back bone, it bends all the way to the handle on a steelhead and cost more than the celilo. But for steelhead, I really like to use the lightest tackle I can, in clear water they can get really line shy, and they are little fish so you can get away with it as long as you're not fishing torrential flows.
I like the celilo okumas because I don't have to be afraid to break them, because they're cheap. They have one rated 8 - 15, which is a step up from mine that you could horse in a big fish with, but it'll still give a small hatchery steelhead room to move, but it depends on your fishing style how you want to bring them in. On the pier, you need something with more backbone, because the jig or buzz bomb you'lll be throwing is like 2 oz. and that weight puts a lot of stress on a rod. I have a pier rod that is an old fiberglass thing I got at a pawn shop, that is long and ugly, but isn't brittle and can handle a lot of weight. You'll probably need to poles, but you can use the same reel if you get a nice one.
As for reels, the Okuma ignite series is dirt cheap, works really well and will set you back like 20-25 dollars. It's not the most durable material wise, but they're super smooth and don't slip. Otherwise I like the Shimano Stradic, which is pretty much bullet-proof, but the price of four or five of the Okuma's. I've used a lot of gear and decided that if it's value you want, go with the neat okuma stuff.
If you want a really super sweet rod, get a loomis, but they're expensive. Real expensive. But super sweet. Anywas, my 2 cents.