Rod and Reel well balanced and work fine. Reel is very smooth with wide range of adjustment on drag. The audible click on the star drag is a nice feature. One drawback is that the product info. accompanying the rod and reel is not very infomative on adjusting and operating the reel. Particularly in regard to adjusting the anti-backlash braking sysytem. Had to go to the internet to find additional info to do that. The rod is well constructed and sensitive. Overall pretty pleased with the purchase. FishUSA had the combo there in just a couple days and they covered the shipping.