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Can you guys explain what its means?

i know you wouldnt put a 4000 series reel on a ultra lite rod.

and the line should be rated for the rod. but what else factors in to a good balanced setup? any unwritten rules to follow?

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Besides matching line and lure ratings "Balance" is more a matter of comfort and suitability than having a setup with a fulcrum point at a specific point on a rod.

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Sorry if i sound goofy.

but what is fulcrum point? please explain

I read how someone will pick up a couple of rods at a store and decide one is too tip heavy compaired to a rod of equal power and size.

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Sorry if i sound goofy.

but what is fulcrum point? please explain

I read how someone will pick up a couple of rods at a store and decide one is too tip heavy compaired to a rod of equal power and size.

The fulcrum is the point at which a lever turns.  Picture the good old teeter totter or see-saw at the playground.  The bar on which the see-saw rests at its center is the location of the fulcrum. Here, the teeter totter moves up or down.

In terms of a rod, this is a point, usually just above the location of the reel.

I don't know if there is a standard, measureable or defined location for this balance point because I am inclined to believe that this might be partly subjective.

I think this could explain why one setup feels great to one person and not someone else.

As for a rod being "tip heavy", I would guess that the fulcrum in that rod is probably closer to the reel seat than it needs to be. Back to the see-saw analogy, it would be like placing the fulcrum much closer to one side than the other. Picture yourself on the short side, holding plank so that the see-saw is perfectly level to the ground.  You have to exert some force to keep it level. Without you exerting the force needed to keep the plank level, the see-saw would prefer to have the your side, the short side up and the longer side down.

This is what is meant by being tip heavy. With the fulcrum closer to the angler, the tip side of the rod would also prefer to be hang down just as the longer side of the plank wants to.

This means extra work for you and could possibly allow fatigue to set in sooner. A balanced system or rod requires little effort on your part because it would prefer to stay neutral vs. biased to one side or the other.

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