I do most of my fishing on mountain trout streams, but I also enjoy taking the occasional afternoon to fish a local farm pond for bass and bream. In the past, I have just used an inexpensive spinning combo, but I am aware that one rod and reel cannot adequately cover all of my needs.
I want to be able to fish everything from small panfish lures up to Texas-rigged worms and jigs, as well as live bait. I fish from shore, so I obviously can't carry fifteen rods with me. My question is this: Which rod/reel/line combos do I really need to be able to do all of those things well without having too much to lug around?
I would really appreciate specific recommendations about rod length, power and action, baitcasting vs. spinning, gear ratio, line type and weight, etc. I would also appreciate recommendations of specific models that offer good quality without being too expensive. I drive a small car, so I need rods that break down into at least two pieces.
Thank you in advance for your advice!