Hello from a new member that hasn't had a catfish pole in one's hands for a couple years now---glad to get back in the grove and find such a good bunch with this forum. A little about the setup I have. It's a medium/heavy-duty 7-1/2' saltwater rod and baitcast reel combo. Spooled with 75lb "spider line" with 2-30lb test 12" steel leaders(to be used together as one). Yes, it may be overboard, if I catch just 5 or 10 pound cats, but it's rigged so if I do catch a 50 lb cat or larger---I can say "it wasn't the one that got away". I will not only fish Colorado, but I also fish in Missouri when I'm there visiting my relatives, and this will be a fishing rig I'll take with me. Going to do some catting this weekend with this combo, and also taking along my other tackle for some bass and "whatever else" fishing down to Lathrop State Park. Hope to bring back some good memories by the time the weekend is over.