This rod is ideal for stripers, redfish, black drum, sea trout, flounder, largemouth and smallmouth bass, carp, catfish, snakeheads, pickerel, bluefish, pike, bonefish, big trout, salmon, small tarpon and can be used for panfish. Medium to medium/fast action is the most versatile, and high modulus graphite gives more power. The reel is critical for this rig; it should have a good, disc drag system, be capable of holding 150 or more yards of 20 to 30-pound Dacron backing, and have interchangeable spools. The basic line should be a weight forward 8-weight floater. An overloaded line of a 9 or 10 weight allow casting of extremely large, bushy surface bugs. A full sinking line of 250 to 350 grains will be the primary salt water line. I recommend Wulff floating lines and a Teeny T300 for the sinking line.