True, on my spey reel it's mostly switching out heads and tips.Like Ard said Mike, push hard. I bought one from Ard for my 2 hander and it was very difficult to push off. I think part of it is getting my thumbs into the openings. I do think it comes off easier after the first couple times. It's not a big deal for me , really how many times do you swap a spool with a 2 hander anyway.