Thats it!...I have heard enough. I Have been looking at these reels, (alpha II, for an 8 WT), fo a while now and I gotta get one. Just got back from Belize, and I think wifey would like to get into fly casting, (after watching me for hrs. on the flats). This is the one. I'm currently doing a little time in Afghanistan working for the govt. and will have to wait to see it when we get back to central america in Aug. I will have it shipped to the states then meet up w/ her later. Thanks for all the reviews on the product, I think this is the winner, winner lobster dinner.