Such a drag!
No need to cross your fingers! My english-made Battenkill LA's have slowed 10 pound bonefish and 20 pound salmon, no problemo. And virtually stopped an 18 pound hen salmon two years ago when I needed to keep her out of where she wanted to go (10 pound tippet helped, too)!
Interesting observation about the new reel; have never held one, guess I don't need to now, either!