OK here's my ordeal...I use a couple of medium duty rods. I do appreciate the heavy duty rods for their sheer strength, but I can't hold them. Eventually I'd like to take part in our state's Master Angler program, but in most categories we have to catch fish that are ten pounds or more. Ten pounds is the MAX that my medium duty rods handle. The heavier duty rods that I have borrowed from my dad were graphite rods, but after about ten minutes my wrists started hurting.:embarassed: Any suggestions?