Re: Matching Rod to Reel
The problem is as I see it, the marketing guys have been making a big deal about this to convince people they have been using bad stuff and make them run out and drop a pile of cash on stuff they don't need. In the mean time they have gone hole drilling happy on reels to the point where you just about can't find a reel heavy enough to balance a two hand rod. And that is the only place it really does make a difference. If you don't have a heavy enough reel you have to fight to keep your rod tip out of the water while you are swinging/retrieving line. People are putting lead core on as backing, zonker lead or suspendots on the spool, just to get enough weight. Even Abel is porting the snot out of stuff now. 5 Years ago, they were the best things around with solid backs. Marketing hype may even kill the fancy paint jobs if it keeps going this way. What are you going to paint? That freakin spider web of a frame?
In fact there are some big marketing trends going right now, that I don't see as beneficial to the sport.