A recent comment / question made me realize that I have never made any mention of gear or setup in this blog. I considered keeping it that way because I am not much of a gear-head, but for fun this is my typical kit:
Rod: 9' 8-weight St. Croix Avid.
Reel: Billy-Pate Bone Fish Anti-Reverse Reel.
Line: A cheap (about 50 bucks or so) weight forward 8weight of some brand or another.
Leader: 9' 2X (8lb) RIO FlouroFlex tapered leader.
Tippet: Once the tapered leader gets cut back about a foot I add 1 to 2 feet of RIO FlouroFlex Plus 3X (8.5lb) attached with a Bimini Twist.
Net: Pronar Collapsible Trophy series net.
Pack: A really cool fanny-style pack I found on a super-sale with magnetic latches (no zippers).
Flies / Fly boxes: A truly embarrassing variety. I think I have issues.
Misc (Valuable): Needle nose pliers, cuticle scissors, fabric tape measure, fishing license.
Misc (Wasted Space): Hook sharpener, thermometer, various indicators.
If you look carefully the only top-of-the-line items are the reel and the leader / tippet. The reel is probably over-kill (left over from a past Salmon / Steelhead addiction) but does seem to help land fish. I feel the expensive leader / tippet makes a little difference for very difficult fish but that may be paranoia.
The Bimini Twist connecting the tippet to the leader is absolutely critical if you are using light tippet for big Carp. For big Carp you really have 4 options. Learn this or one of the other 100% knots, use significantly heavier line, use a straight tapered leader or get comfortable with the fact that you are going to break some fish off at the leader / tippet connection.