will_paginate and pagination in general

I dont know what I am doing wrong. I was trying to use the pagination
that is built into rails, wouldnt work, tried will_paginate, still wont
work. I have a drop down list where the user will choose one of the
countrys in the list. I use the following to do the search...

@country = params[:country] <-- option from the drop down list

@searches = Searches.paginate_by_country @country, :page =>
params[:page], :per_page => 10

In the view everything works great and it shows links for the different
pages that the results are split up into. I click on one and the page
is blank.

Is it a problem with passing the param from the drop down list to the
next page?

Thanks in advance,