Just FYI,The Rival has absolutely NO brakes of any kind and I can cast it hands off for the most part. Clearly there are nuances to all reels that can help or hinder serious casting distances, and lots will have to do with casting technique.
I noticed the knob next to the handle and did some minor checking. The schematic lists part # 26 as Spool Tension Control Cap. Part numbers 40C & 40D are thrust washers. Normally there would be less need for cast control with a level wind reel .
Exactly! Especially when casting for distance.Do use mono line, load with 20# at least for starters, don't use braid at least initially. Whatever rod you test will will have a payload sweet spot, where its rated throwing weight range is typically not accurate. Try some weights in the low to mid range first before loading to the rod's "rated" max.
I have a CTS rod rated 8 to 10 ounces. It casts OK (not great) when casting 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ounces.
A Lamiglas GSB 1502MH broke when testing. Although it was rated 6 to 16 ounces, it broke at 10 ounces. The designer thought a tag may have been left out of the ferrule during construction. Later I asked Dick Posey how lure weights were determined. His response was "By feedback from fishermen". That was not the answer that I was expecting.
And very important.
DonAbove all, have fun! Now load up and get throwing!