yes greg -- i used the search function and i read the info that was in the first hit (before posting my original question). it's not that i find the info insufficient, it's that i'm now soliciting the entire BPL community about their opinions on this issue. that's the purpose of this forum. a single person's opinion is helpful (and yes, often sufficient). the old "you should use the search function" answer to people's questions is often unhelpful and serves only to derail the original question. that being said, i really appreciate your insight. it was super helpful.
thom -- thanks for the info. much appreciated. i will look into the riggs floating line.
any thoughts on pole length or flies (yes, i already used the search function)?