I did some searching for this forum but did not find one. I want to know that if you can only have one catfishing pole to use forever and for all types of catfishing what would it be. I have been been working on getting just such a combo and believe I finally found it. I would love to know what the rest of the BOC members think of my choice and what is your choice. I am considering the following factors when deciding. 1. Versatility - I want a rig that can be used in small farm ponds and on big rivers. Something you can take to small creeks and not worry about trees hanging over head. 10 foot plus rods need not apply. 2. Packability - I sometimes have to travel light, walking to a fishing hole or get stuck riding with my friend in his compact car. So this rig needs to be light and small with out giving up power to haul in the big one. 3. Durability - We all know what this means. 4. Cost - Yes that Shimano Calcutta maybe better then my reel choice but at 250 plus for just a reel, is a bit pricey. I think 250 dollars would be a good limit for the reel, rod and line combo. However, feel free to go over this limit, just remember that mine is under this. 5. Castablity - This applies to the line, reel and rod. I am a bank fisherman so I need to cast out there sometimes. Can it cast smaller weights and handle bigger ones say 3,4,5 oz. plus sinkers. OK and the winner is Drum roll please...................... Reel - Abu Garica Record RCN60HC - This is one great reel it holds 245 yards of 14 lb test and casts great it has a power handle and a super smooth retrieve. Cost $150 and it now has a $15 rebate. I have never had a problem with any Abu. Rod - The War Rod, hands down. http://renegadetackle.com/?product=war-rod-r1-and-r2-model Line - Sufix 50 lb Braid which is 12lb diameter. I have used many different braids and this is the thinnest best casting braid I have found. Cost $32 for 300 yards $32. Overall I think it would be hard to beat this combo on all the above factors but can not wait to here what you guys and gals think.