I have two new Andros reels - a 12NS and a 5iia. The 12 narrow I have on a cape cod slow pitch rod with a reel seat. When the clamp was too loose I just used a piece of thick rubber to fill in the gap for a tight fit. The rod is really light/thin so I didn't think much of it. However, I just tried to put the 5iia on a seeker deckhand rod (cork tape) and I couldn't get it tight. Anyone else having a problem? Feeling like a dumbass! Lol! Fwiw, I've had no problems with my two makairas.