On your cabellas pro guide 1000, I'd put braid on it. Probably 10 lb power pro braid. With such a whippy rod, you will have some trouble setting the hook with the stretch of mono.
You should be good with a 6'10" rod for everyday use, but I'd prob lean toward a medium spinning rod for a 2500 series reel. I use 20 lb braid for my most used spinning setup. I like power pro.
I like a regular MH rod for cats and stripers, but I'm not near as serious when I fish for those guys.
Hope this helps!
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