As to the comments about it being unlikely that a rod could exert enough pressure to break even a fairly light b/s line (like the 8 lb that gaffer mentioned), I agree. However, if you fish in rough areas, line damage can weaken the line so you may have to go a good bit heavier. Conditions again.
I use 50lb PowerPro for nearly all of my static fishing. I often get comments about using 'unsporting tow-rope', which I'll come onto in a minute, but my phylosophy is this; the next safest place for a carp after I've struck is on my unhooking mat!
As for 'unsporting tow-rope'; as I've said, it's nearly impossible to exert anymore than 6-8lbs of linear strain on a mainline with even the beefiest carp rod, therefore, it's no less sporting to use 50lb mainline (braid) than it is to use 8lb mainline, if you see where I'm coming from.
For snag fishing I'll use my very 'tippy' 3 1/4lb tc rods with 50lb PowerPro, which in my mind is 'beefy'. There's enough backbone to the rods to bully/heave the most powerfullest of carp away from danger (underwater branches, reeds, etc), yet 'tippy' enough to cushion any lunges at the net.
So, in my opinion, beefy is best for snag fishing, within reason.
Like I keep saying, carp fishing is about the angler conducting a 'risk assessment' before they even wet a line, and when they do, they have to take full responsibility for every and any eventuality.
[ 19. July 2005, 10:49 AM: Message edited by: Gaffer ]