Hi all, this is my first post on this forum. My name is Chuck. I'm taking a shot in the dark here, hoping someone can help me. I don't fish saltwater, I live in Indiana. I fish for Flathead Catfish and I need help finding a rod and reel that can handle it. What I need is a setup that I can use to horse flatheads out of logjams. I think in most saltwater situations you can let a fish run. In my situation I can't. Problem is all the freshwater tackle I have tried is just not up to the task. I was thinking of having a custom rod built out of solid glass with the best components I can get, but have no idea what the best are. Or the best glass blanks for that matter. Any help on the design of this rod would be greatly appriciated. As far as the reel goes, none of the reels I have used so far have been able to handle this torture. I just started using a couple Penn 209's, they seem fine, but haven't hooked a big flatty on them yet. The reel needs to have awesome stoping power, handle atleast 50 lb. test, and I don't like plastic or graphite. I'd prefer something that isn't too heavy although I probably won't be casting much, my petite girlfriend fishes with me, so 10 lb. reels are out. I will be using large (for freshwater) live bait, up to 2 or 3 lbs. Flatheads in my area rarely grow over 50 lbs, but they fight like hell. A couple of the catfish forums I am on, all the guys use ugly sticks, and abu 6500's. I'm ready to graduate to the next level and hopefully I won't lose any more big fish. So, is there anyone here who can help??? Thanks, Chuck.