After order my new Meiser Highlander, 11'-6" 5/6/7, I now have second thoughts on the reel(s) I had planned to use with it in terms of capacity/balance. I ordered one of Steve Godshall's lines from Bob to match the rod, a Scandi with integrated MendMaster running line. 1st Choice: A sweet Bauer MZ4 w/ 2 extra spools. Currently spooled with a Rio SAS 7WT and Ambush 7 WT on other spool. Both lines fill the spools, but I suspect there is more backing than I'll need and can take it down by 1/2, I think. Previous owner fished Stripers and Baja and said it was 30# teflon-coated backing and I didn't ask, but would bet there's 200 or more yards on each spool. 2nd Choice: Lamson Konic 3.5 I won in an auction benefit. Appears to be 1/4" wider and 1/8" deeper spool than the Bauer, so it appears it'd carry more backing, albeit approx 1 ounce lighter (6 vs. 7 +/-). I am thinking 100-125 yards of gel-spun backing at minimum, I can think of 2 times I've been spooled by fish and both times it wouldn't have mattered if I'd had 300 yards backing; those fish got into the current and were gone with no way to follow. For the steelhead fishing I do, if a fish gets 100 yds out, it's most likely a goner. Anyone having thoughts on this would be appreciated.