Re: Reel Sizes
On lighter trout rods (< 6 wt?) you can also go with a smallerish size reel, and maintain backing length if you really need it by going to 12# backing... the standard for most reel specs is based on 20# which is complete overkill when fishing with 4-7x leader/tippit materials... IMO
... But a lifelong journey.
I choose fly rods the same way I do women, motorcycles, and cowboy boots...
go with what ever feels good, and keep on hand as many as I can afford