Very impressive reel through and through! It came beautifully and well packaged. When I opened the box I immediately noticed how huge this reel was. However, it was amazingly balanced in the hand. Every component of the reel feels solid and over built in the best way possible. The action is buttery and has a beast of a drag!I took this reel on a two day fishing trip around Catalina Island and put it through a torture test. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this reel. Everything about this reel is buttery smooth. I was able to out cast and out fish everyone on the boat! I fly lined sardines, threw surface irons and fished 100 feet of water. This reel handled it all like a dream. I took down barracuda, sand bass, calico bass, sheep head and even a few yellowtail with ease! Even the deck hands on the boat were so impressed with the reel they I asked I send them the link!Buy this reel, you will LOVE IT!