Hey dave I picked that reel so I have a good range and I can use it to catch fish of all sizeis. 20lb line will cover most fish in a yak.....I hope :? ..........as for the Rod, ive got one in the spinner style 2-6lb.....I got it for bream fishing and its got some power in the butt. So thats why i got one in the overhead style. And i always have my drag set light, some times too light.