Originally Posted by charged
For those who said the lighter the better, I disagree. By scale you can have a lighter rod, but if it does not naturally balance in your hand............ You will experience additional fatigue in the casting stroke. Personally I do not see this consequence as beneficial at all.
This is probably the reason I make sure the light weight rod/reel systems I use are balanced. The fact they look good too is just gravy but the aesthetic element is an integral part of overall good design.
Personally, I have experienced and appreciate the benefits of lighter weight in balanced rigs.