I agree completely. It's not so much a matter of matching the reel to the rod as much as it is the reel to the line you intend to use. Unless you're sure you'll only use a Windcutter-type line, without the upgrade, I'd say the #8 is the way to go. Even for a Windcutter-type line, I'd be likely to stay away from the #6 unless you didn't need much backing or wanted to use GSP. Since the prices are close, and there is only about a half ounce difference in weight, I'd say go for the largest size.
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