The cousin of the Talica is a nicer way to put than the poor mans Talica . I honestly have yet to catch anything over 20# on the SM. So I do want to at least try to fish hard with it. It was honestly my first "bigger" conventional. Now with enough casting from light weights (to mimic a sardine) to up to 8oz lead weights in the backyard, I am a lot more experienced and comfortable with it from when I first got it. That's why I wouldn't mind jumping into a 20 size reel. The only thing holding me back now is the rod rating. I did see someone else saying that you add both end line #'s and divide by two will give you the # fish you should fish for. All about luck and how much you can do without breaking yourself or gear. Thanks for taking the time to post that information.I was going to say a Talica 16, but since you already have its cousin, just keep it. If you really want a new reel for it a 40N or comparably sized Saltiga would be other options. I have a Tac 16 on a 780x2h and it's at most a 60lb rod where a Mak or VISX is going to be more reel than that rod can take advantage of.
The one nice thing going for that rod is that the tip's pretty flippy, and when coupled with one of the aforementioned reels with lighter weight spools you have something that can really flyline a sardine well. Which can be a really nice option when bigger bluefin actually decide to finally suck a sardine off the surface during the day. I've managed a handful of mid-100lb grade during the day doing just that. Not that it can't be done on heavier gear, but just makes it a touch easier on a dine which can give you a touch more luck.