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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:24PM

How to match the rod to the reel to the line

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By Jeff Kincaid

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It’s a frustrating fact: You can’t just slap any old reel on any old rod and expect they’ll go together. Some reels just work better with certain rods. But finding the right reel for any given rod can be a little trickier than it might seem. The first part is choosing the right size. That’s also the easiest part, so we’ll look at that first.

There are all sorts of variables in choosing a rod, though. For this example, we’ll pick a rod for redfish on the open flats. For this type of fishing, I would choose a 7.5-foot rod with a medium action, preferably with a fast or extra-fast taper. Although the line rating for such a rod will vary depending on manufacturer, it will probably be something like 8- to 17-pound. The actual rod you choose will depend on your style of fishing — wading, kayaking, always from the boat, etc. But for our purposes, let’s just grab one.

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