Rods: I fished 95 percent of the time with a 5-weight. Most often a Scott Radian or a Sage One. I did fish the Cabela's Glass 5/6, but when it came to turning over long leaders, the fast-action graphite was a must. I never felt the need to go to a 6-weight, even when fighting such big fish. In fact, I think the sensitivity of the slightly lighter rod was a plus. What's going to break, if anything, is the tippet, and you want to feel every head shake to make sure that doesn't happen.