"From what I understand a reel of 1-2 sizes larger than the rod wt is needed to carry the line needed for this style of fishing."
2hander lines are big, even the short head ones. Start with a single hander reel rated for 9+ for single handers, even for SkagitScandi heads. Too big, not likely, just add more 30# backing if needed.
For 6 and down you can go to a 7/8 single hander. Just my .02 cents.
Reel has two functions: Hold all that line, shooting line, backing AND balance out the rod. With a long stick you need more weight at the back end to accomplish any of the above.
Fred Evans - White City, Oregon