Well, here in the GL's, it's all about keeping ice off your guides so you can fish hassle free.
This year, winter came early and the "ice bug" started around mid-November, so much for a mild winter
Saying that, for me it's about having enough "fishing" line out of the tip of the rod that can be cast, controlled and fished without shooting or stripping line and still cover the water I'm fishing effectively.
So here's what I've been using lately:
Meiser Highlander 14ft 7/8/9 EVE, matched with a #9 Gaelforce 15M Extended Spey Head, a 20ft thin mono leader and some feathers or fur lashed to a heavy iron. If I feel I need to get down further, I will add an Airflo 10ft poly or a 15ft Snowbee poly in either Fast or Extra Fast density right off the end of the EES15M Head. IF
I need to slow it down some more, then a Snowbee 9/10 1D Short Head gets the nod. This line is trimmed back 4ft and a 10ft Airflo or 15ft Snowbee poly is looped on. Same offering applies to all scenarios
Like Duggan, if the feeling of "Big Stick" comes around, I will travel to a river that is more conducive to the big boy sticks. Then it's my Meiser 16ft 8/9/10-CX with a #10/11 73ft Gaelforce Equalizer, 22ft thin mono leader and same feathers or fur lashed to a heavy iron. Yup, I can add an Airflo 10ft or 15ft Snowbee poly right off the tip if I feel the need to go down more. If I need to slow down, then it's a #10/11 Drury Impact 73ft, full sink S1/S2, with or without the same polys as above ... same offering too
I will also have to decide if it's the above lines, or a Worcestershire salmon DT11 in either floating or intermediate. I have custom cut one end on both of the lines to accept higher density 15ft Rio
Replacement Tips, if I feel the need I must get down more than the mono leader option. Oh and the same offering as above will be used