When I'm hunting gills for fun, it's a 9 foot 2 weight fly rod with a level line, and a dozen different flies. I like small black gnats and spiders for dries, and the gill getter or a green spider with white legs for wets.
If I'm after gills for supper, it's crickets and a bobber. That's closer to murder in the summertime.
But there are so many ways to hunt them, you could carry a dozen rods on every trip.
That's too much like work. And 'gill hunting should be fun!