Will you be fishing large rivers like the Muskegon, or small rivers like the Pere Marquette? The size of the river matters. IMHO, for all around fishing ease, I recommend shooting heads --see posts by peter-s-c -- but they are expensive. For a lower price, but at the cost of some fishability, use Skagit lines. I have them both, but not by choice, rather through ignorance. I bought Skagit lines before I knew anything about shooting heads. Had I been more informed, I would have bought shooting heads only.