Re: Summer carpin
jp, I use a 7 weight Orvis Helios 2 and a Cheeky Mojo 425 as my main set up. I fish the Orvis Hydros carp line as well (really love that line). Standard 1x tapered leader and tippet, and most of my fish have been caught on a hybrid this year.
the ordinary fish i see is about 9-10 lbs, so a 7 is a good all around rod. I chase a lot of bigger fish too, and an 8 would certainly be appropriate, but with the small flies I fish I find a 7 a little better suited.