I picked up a one-piece 6' fenwick techna AV casting rod from the Saskatoon Co-op on sale last summer for $29.00 (read: there was no price tag on it, and the cashier "estimated" its value quite poorly, retail price is $199.99), I believe this line of rods is now discontinued and has been replaced with the HMX, but don't quote me on that. Anyways the rod is a light, fast action with more feel than anything I've used before. I've never owned/used a baitcasting reel before, and I didn't want to break the bank, so I cheaped out with a Quantum Walleye Series low profile reel ($119.99) and spooled it up with 6lb test Berkely Vanish transitions fluorocarbon line (for additional stealth). Let me tell you, this set up is unbelievable for trolling, vertical jigging and bottom bouncing. The rod is so sensitive you can really feel absolutely everything. The rod is also equipped with a trolling switch, when engaged, will automatically spring the thumb switch back up when it is released. So if you want to let out another 10 feet of line while bottom bouncing you simply depress the thumb switch for the necessary ammount of time and then release it. I will say that with a short, stiff rod like this one, and when using smaller jigs, it doesn't work worth a sh!t for casting great distances from shore (I can only sling it 25 feet or so), but it is definitely my go-to setup in the boat for trolling and bottom bouncing baited lindy rigs in pursuit of walleye.