I have been asking several people why the reel is mounted into a fixed feature in the tail of the rod and with a moving portion forward of the reel. I haven't heard a good answer yet. Doesn't this seem backwards? To balance the rod/reel, I typically fish with 3 fingers forward of the reel and they endup gripping the threads on the rod, not a smooth surface. If you mounted the reel in reverse, the threads may effect your pinky finger only. I saw a rod made in the 70's that was made with the reel mount reversed. On the handle, forward of the reel, it had 3 indentations in the cork for your fingers and felt great. I offered to buy the rod but it wasn't for sale. Does anyone else feel this way? Any comments?