I have three rods in the 12'8" - 13'-4" range, 6-8wts, and rotate three reels on these rods. A Farlex S-handle dual check, a 1930s Dingley Perfect 3 3/4, and I recently picked up a mint 1960's Hardy Perfect w/ line guard in 3 3/4 and had Arch put some stronger springs in her. All three reels balance each rod just fine, so I pick whichever feels lucky on a given day. The 3 3/4 Dingley also sees time on a 7117. It's a tad bit smaller in width, weight and capacity than the comparable Hardy. When I started the two-handed game swinging flies for steelhead I used modern Ross, Sage and Loomis reels. After picking up a couple clickers I haven't turned back and imagine I'd only do so if I started chasing big Kings fresh from the salt.