For some fishermen, rods are a badge of honor–the more you have laying across the boat deck, the better your expertise. Right? Well, I sort of fall into that category–that of rod collector, not necessarily good fisherman.

Several years ago, I came to a startling discovery while on an offshore junket. I noticed, for some odd reason, that all the rods and reels on the boat were exactly the same. Each a perfect match of the next. That got me thinking: What if I was to employ this same tactic with my freshwater gear? What would the advantages and disadvantages be?

After switching over to matching rod and reels, I can tell you, there are very few disadvantages. The overwhelming advantages are that each rod and reel operates the same. So when switching from one bait to another (on different rods), the rod and reel operation doesn’t change. This gives you consistency. You eliminate adapting to the idiosyncrasies of different reels. And besides the different rod actions and varying line choices, each handles almost the same. This leads to more consistent casting and better lure presentation.