I use 6 pound on spinning rods and 8 pound on casting rods. I use Pline CXX. I prefer to throw them with 2 units running or more usually but i'll throw it anytime. Late and early in the day (low light) are by far the best times to throw them in my opinion. Back in the 90's when very few of us were throwing them I thought the fishing was substantially better on them than it is now with them. Seems like now about every 3rd boat you see is throwing them, especially on the bank. I will say this though, the fish you catch on them now are way way better than they were in the 90's. The fish are as healthy as I've ever seen in that lake in 35+years of fishing it. One other observation is back in the 90's we almost never caught a rainbow on a jerkbait, it was almost unheard of but now the Rainbows really slam them. Sounds like you had an awesome day! The one you broke off there is a chance you had it in the back too, I caught several a couple of weeks ago in the back because they were just swiping at it to kill it and man when you hook them all heck broke lose for a few seconds. Congrats on a great day and your first Brownie, it's a beautiful fish!!