Great looking reel and a nice choice for that rod. I wouldn't get hung up on the origin of the product if I were you. Korea and China have the talent, ability and equipment to produce any and every level of gear you might want. They are the production house for every manufacturer that finds it difficult to compete on price in their own country. What they (Korea & China) have is cheaper labor and they produce to the specifications of the buyer. There is a market at every price level. Just my opinion.