Rod and reel matching in The Lodge Posted July 25, 2021 · Report reply Overwhelmed a little at the price of reals lately and the need for a sophisticated reel escapes my understanding. I always hand line my fish in. the reel just holds the line and looks nice. I'm not sure I could land a fish using Drag on a reel. I bring them in fast and release. I fish for salmon steel head browns rainbows brookys bass walleye and even recently long nose gar. 40+ years of flyfishing and my rods keep getting lighter and the old reels are heavy. I have Madison encounters battenkill phlugers martins and sage. 3wt rods to 10wt. Balance seems important. My old 70s martin mg3 is the same weight as my newer battenkill 1. I was looking at my battenkill 5/6 disk drag with three spools and cant believe the price on fleabay for these reels.How do you choose your reel to match your rod? What's your favorite reel? I like my battenkill I 3/4 and the encounter isn't a half bad reel either. I choose my reel bu what wt line is on it but as I age it's become apparent there is a sweet spot for each rod I have.