RE: new here need help
Get the reel first. If you're fishing smaller water, you can put the reel on almost any rod. I've used mine on anything from a 7' ultralight rod up to and including a 15' float rod. For the first two years that I had my pin, I used it on a plain old 10'6" noodle rod. Reel suggestion, pick one, I've used several and they're all good, just some are a little better than others. The Okuma's are great starter reels, as well as their rods. And I got mine from Fish USA and their service was better than great!!