Sorry Golfman, I forgot to tell you about the reel. I purchased a cheap, off shore built Ross reel in the smallest size. It has a large arbor aluminum rim, but the gears are plastic and drag is not high quality. The only real reason for a reel on a rod this small is to hold line as I am not expecting to hook into an 18 inch fish on these small mountain steams. I am very happy with this setup. My 4 wt has the identical reel, just in a different color.