Open face for most everything ,for Jigging and slip bobbering I use Pflueger Presidents 20,s and 25,s for 49.99 and 59.99 you can not buy a better reel, spend more if you like but these will outlast most everything else ( I have several Shimanos seldom use them ) and balance really well on a 5'6" to 7.5 ft rod ,all of them are spooled with Fireline crystal on some as light as 2lb test most have 4 lb . For casting really light jigs I use the large spool Pfleugers in the 30 size and again fireline 2 lb test (I have seldom had a break off from fighting a fish with fireline that includes up to 45 inch Northern pike the drag is that good on a President ). My theory on Rods particularly jigging rods is simple find an one piece action you like for the weight of bait you are going to use then give it this simple sensitivity test , hold the rod In your casting hand place your thumb on the blank gently touch the rod tip to the carpet or floor go over some imperfection in the surface you are touching if you can not feel it you with you thumb put the rod back in the rack. You will be surprised how many $50 rods pass this test and how many $200 ones do not . Seriously trolling , cranks , spinners bottom bouncers for Walleye , small mouth , musky etc I use Garcia C3 except when a line counter is required then I use Daiwa 17 ,27 ( for lead core a 47) all with 10 -14 lb fireline .I have to agree with Art on the long poles,any open face with 4 bearings or more I can buy for $20. cause on a long pole 10-16ft , it don't matter, you do not reel in unless you are long lining then not nearly as much as when you are casting or jiggin so get a good B&M pole or Poles and save a bit on the reels . I really do not know anyone who uses closed face equipment up North as they do not have the durability to stand up against really big fish. I do have a few 33s for the grandkids to start off with . Now that I actually think about it maybe I have way to much fishing equipment .... Naaaa ! got the attached on a Penn open face in Costa Rico. Bottom line is use what works for you .