I spent most of last summer fishing for bas & panfish using Trout Magnet micro jigs - and they were deadly on everything from bluegill to bass, along with the occasional trout. I got both large and smallmouth on them out from Hagg. I tied up the fur & feather micro jigs to fish the smaller Artificials Only waters, since I can't fish my Trout Magnets on my favorite trout streams. If I find myself down that way again this year - I might just try tossing some of these on the Umpqua for smallies & trout, to see what I can dredge up
I fish almost strictly with ultralight gear anymore - except when I'm fishing for the big silver fishees. 7-7'6" (looking to get a couple longer than that) spin rods, 4lb line is my standard anymore. I don't think I've even touched any of my medium action spin rods in a couple seasons, except for my steelhead spinning rod.
a 1-2lb smallie or largemouth on an ultralight setup is pretty scrappy - and when you get the occasional BIG fish (for me that's anything approaching 4-5lbs) it's a real blast. Fighting a carp on said setup is about the most fun you can have with your pants on.