I got some gift cards from Bass Pro for Christmas so I decided to get a new reel. I have pretty much used Shimanos exclusively (aside from a brief stint with the Quantum Synergy), so I wanted to try something new. This reel is awesome!!! I have never used something so smooth, especially the drag. I hooked into 9 steelies today and the drag did not fail me once. It is also very lightweight. I definitely recommend this reel to anyone who is in the market for something in the $100 range.