I wanted to take a sec. to thank those of you who post here, I have been reading up on equiptment and I made some purchases based on what I read here and what the folks at various stores told me. I bought a 9' 2pc 5wt rod a new reel and new line and backing. I had been fishing with the same rig that I have had for 20 years and with the upgrade I can really see a difference in casting distance and accuracy. I went out yesterday to try it out on a local pond...although nothing was biting, I got to cast and get a little familiar with my new rig.....I cant wait for nicer weather and water conditions. thanks again.