Im thinking i should match the rod to the jig so i can get the right action. I guess what i meant is as im starting to get more setups should i be matching the rod to the jig? Or the rod to the reel? Or the rod to the line rating?
I put a high-drag reel (HooX) on each rod I have, and set the drag fairly low. Then I put on a gimbal belt, "caught" a drawer handle on a file cabinet (immovable object), and increased drag on the reel until the rod bottomed out. Then I put a spring scale on the reel and tested it to see how many pounds of drag it took to bottom out that rod. Now I know empirically exactly what the max drag is that each rod can handle.
Similarly, I tested each reel for the most strike drag it could handle and still retain free spool, and what max drag is at that setting.
The results were somewhat surprising in one case. I have two Avet MXL6.3's that have sequential serial numbers. One of them gives 8# strike and 14# max. This is close to advertised spec. It will give more drag but it looses free spool. The other one gives 9# strike and 18# max, which blew me away. That's about 4# over advertised max.
Last, I matched the reels to rods that give performance similar to the reel. I.E., the 14# reel is on a 13# Trevala "H" and the 18# reel is on a 18# Trevala "XH".
The Hoo-X is back on a new 80# OTI rod, which can easily deal with the 27# max drag I have it set at.