Much good info above, but one correction: "A short head line, Skagit style won't require such a long head to be carried in the air. A Scandi line covers the middle ground until you get long enough to be tossing that full/long line. I have a custom Skandit line produced by Steve Godshall, he works with Bob Meiser on rod and line design out of Maupin, OR. The Scandit is a pretty cool and effective tool, google R. B. Meiser and tour his pages." Steve and Bob share a shop in Central Point here in Southern Oregon (tad north of Medford). This has been well covered but the fishing conditions the thread starter mentioned would be well suited to an 11 foot switch rod in a 7 or 8 with one of Steve's "skandidt'' (sp?) lines.