I'm going to be ordering myself a X-mas present for myself in the next couple weeks. :wink: I'm wanting a couple new rods and reels. And I need some guidance from the brothers. I've been wanting the Abu 7000c3i. But it's a little pricey, so I'll just have to see what happens with that. Do you guys have any suggestions on a different reel? For the rods, I definitely want to get Catfish Safari. Now I'm a little confused as to which rods would be best for my type of fishing. I do quite a bit of fishing below Mel Price... But I also like to fish down towards the confluence, and above the dam. Below the dam, and at the confluence there's a pretty good current I would say. But when I'm fishing above the dam, it almost resembles a lake. The current is not to swift at all. And what kind of current would you guys consider the Missouri river to be, just up from the confluence? Would you all recommend the CS river rod for my conditions? I'm just worried it might be a little stiff for some of my fishing. Do they make a rod that would be better suited for the varied conditions? I'd appreciate your insight. I'll be continuing to read up on the subject. I just want to hear from the guys that kind of fish in my area.