Re: Muskie on the Fly
As far as rods go, I was using a Winston 9wt BIIMX, then switched to a Sage Bass II Peacock, and have found the shorter length much to my liking. Casting a very heavy line (often as not a sinking head), the extra leverage of a 9ft rod really worked on me. The shorter 7-11" Sage has plenty of backbone, and throws a 500 grain 26ft sinking head line very nicely. Plus, it is easier to get your rod in the water for those figure 8's. I found the cost very reasonable too, as it includes a perfectly balanced floating line.
I think the need for a fancy reel is overdone as well. Musky don't seem to run much.