Ooh , tough call . I`m really diggin` the CND Solstice 14'3'' I got from you , Leroy . It`s enough rod for the Thompson , but it will be interesting to see how it performs , should I be fortunate enough to hook one of the T`s big boys . It tosses a compact skagit pretty well , should I choose to go that route , but it becomes magic when I line it with a 7/8 Grandspey . But my Anderson 12 ft. , 3 weight trouter is one of those cold , dead , hands kind of things .