I'm gonna try the spring season on the flats this year for the first time. I just started fly fishing last summer (in Alaska . . . I've been chasing that high ever since!). Anyway, I need a rod/reel that can handle the task. I'm very overwhelmed by all the choices and being that I am more used to conventional fishing, I have little product recognition when it comes to fly equipment. Should I get a 9 or 10wt rod. Will the salinity of the bay affect my choice. I hope to get something that will be adequate all over the bay. Any suggestions as to where to buy? I'm trying to keep the whole combination in the 250 - 300 dollar range. Also, what is the best way to handle the fish on the flats? I am really worried about releasing a fish that I just spent forty minutes fighting(hopefully).