Re: How important is rod/reel balance?
In my opinion the difference between possibly an ounce (plus or minus) right at about the closest spot to the hand is completely insignificant. A balanced rod will be balanced no matter what kind of reel goes on the butt. A rod that feels heavy or tip heavy is going to feel that way no matter what you do with the reel. The reel has no affect on how a rod balances.