I have all deckhand rods for a few reasons. I have way out of square body like fincutter (I’m am 6’4” with a wingspan of 6’10”) and moving the reel forward really helps me get the reel where I need it. Second, I love the lightness and sensitivity of just a single wrap of corktape, it just feels better to me having your hands that close to the blank itself and you can really feel every little kick the bait makes. Third, it’s easy to replace it once it gets worn out. I have solved the issues of a less than sturdy connection or crushing a blank by using an appropriate sized cork puppy on all but my lightest (#15-25) outfits. It’s a preference thing honestly and there is no wrong answer here. Everything I have above #60 has a reel seat and I just make do where it sits. In all honesty, at these higher line tests I’m using the rail and the longer foregrip is better suited for just this anyhow.