Some time ago, I decided that I needed a new rod, something around the seven foot mark, one piece, not too light or too heavy and settled on a good old Ugly Stik Platinum SP1170SWL. It fit the bill for what I wanted in a general purpose rod, strong in the butt with a light action, rated 5-8 kg and knowing the durability of Ugly Stiks, it's a rod that will take the hard knocks of remote area rough tracks without having to cocoon it in bubble wrap every time I threw it in the back of the Landcruiser. At the time of purchase, I figured that I didn't need to match a new reel to it, I would have something in my kit to do the job. The rod was too heavy for anything below a 3000 or possibly even a 4000, but the 2 reels that I had in that size were not right. Grrrrr, being someone who hates to use gear that doesn't feel right, I resigned myself to the fact that the rod will probably get relegated to the growing pile of gear that I should never have bought. I considered buying a new Penn Slammer 360 or even a Slammer III 3500 and then the other day I found the right reel - Shimano Stradic XGFK 4000, the perfect fit. Now for the next dilemma, braid or mono? Can't say I'm a real fan of braid on spin reels, but maybe it's time to give it a go again. I think I need to sit in the shade of a tree alongside a creek and think about it for a week. Team Diesel .....scratching head trying to work out which tree & what creek.