Re: Weight vs. Balance
Balance, without a doubt. I fish heavier reels on cane and spey rods for that very reason... you'll notice an unbalanced rig before you notice the extra weight... IMO anyway.
... But a lifelong journey.
I choose fly rods the same way I do women, motorcycles, and cowboy boots...
go with what ever feels good, and keep on hand as many as I can afford