The shimmano is a nice reel the 2500 should be fine. I use the 2500 with a 9"ft loomis gl2 rod 1084s. I can throw lures and use it to drift any kind of bait. The length should be at least 7ft+ for the rod. If you get a shimmano pair it with a lamiglas rod maybe a rogue river special half pounder. Line test should be 6-10. I wouldn't use it for salmon maybe a step up in to the 3500-4000 with a line capacity of 10-20. Ugly sticks are proven but if u can spare the coin a loomis or lamiglas even a st. Croix would be sweet. Good luck.