Re: Importance of Reel Size?
All you can do is line up the reel - mount it to the rod - string it up - then hold it in your hand and see how it feels. To me, 'any rod' when I say balance I mean if I loop one finger under the cork right up at the winding check....... Does it have a balance point there? If so I'm happy that it is what I call balanced. Perhaps I'm a bit weird in this sense but every rod / reel / line set I have balances as described.
Some folks call balance a model 5/6 reel on either a 5 or 6 weight rod balanced. I call balance a strung rod that has its 'static' fulcrum point at or very near the front of the cork grip / winding check area.