One thing that has surprised me about throwing huge flies on heavy shooting heads is this - cheaper rods out perform the high dollar sticks. Lots of those fancy rods can present a tiny tarpon toad on a floating line great. Put an overweighted line and a more oversized fly and they get wobbly. There are some exceptions but for the most part I think that's true.
Its been noted here that newbies sometimes get a rough treatment. Here is one response, written by Old Dog, that might help those thinking of making their first post understand a little bit about this place. After you read this take a moment (or two or three) and look around and get a sense of this place. If you're still interested make your intro and join the fray. —Jed