I'm looking to buy a two piece rod (and reel) I can keep in a rod case in my trunk and lend out to friends, no matter their skill level. I was thinking a 6'6" M or MH Ugly Stick with mid-priced Zebco would be a good match. I could put on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, cranks, or swimbaits (basically, anything that keeps them engaged as opposed to slowly twitching a shakey head, or watching for line twitches, or explaining detailed techniques, etc).
1. Any thoughts on the Zebco vs similar set-up in spinning?
2. Different rod choice?
3. Thoughts on line? I could go 8 or 10 lb mono but I'm leaning toward nanofil or fireline so I don't have to think about memory and the Palomar knot is so easy to teach.