I own four of these reels. I have two setup on microlight Kestrel rods and the other two setup on ultralight Kestrel rods. One rod of each combo is rigged for slip bobber and lure fishing. The quality is great and they are smooth as butter. I own a Shimano Stradic Ci4 and these are on par with that reel in terms of smoothness. The castability is great. The drag is silky. If you are on the fence about buying one, I wouldn't hesitate. I own more fishing tackle that a man should but this is the best purchase I have made in a long time.
One of the coolest reels I own!
Very smooth I love it
I love the drag sound from this reel, however I haven’t bring it to fishing yet. Big expectations for it!