I'm with Big D on the rod length - 6'6" to 7". I do go a bit heavier on the line preferring 8lb Berkely XT. We troll a lot of lakes with rocky shorelines & bottoms which can chew up line pretty quick. I find the XT holds up the best for me. If aren't around as much rock, then the 6lb works fine. I haven't tried a braid yet.
My list of favourite trout lures, mostly used for trolling, is here: http://www.loonislandoutdoors.com/Fishing/FavouriteTroutLures.php
Canoe Pack Liner
Heel and Pegpads™
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