The most popular rod for Atlantics in eastern Canada is probably a 9' 8wt, but you will see them in 7 to 10 weights and 9 to 10 feet. You want a reel that can hold a long-belly floating line (several makers offer a "salmon/steelhead" taper) and 150+ yards of backing. You might want a rod that is a little more flexible than the ones typically sold for saltwater flats fishing in the Carribbean, or if you already have a stiffer flats rod, you might want to overline it with a line that is one weight heavier.
Two-handed spey and switch rods are becoming more common, but they are still a bit of a novelty. I got a spey outfit a couple of years ago and am still learning to use it, so I can't give good advice on what kind of two-handed rig would be best for you.
Grilse (fish that return to the river after one winter at sea) typically run 4-6 lb, and salmon (fish that have spent 2+ years at sea) typically run 8-20 lb, with the biggest ones sometimes going over 40 lb.
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