I recently paired this reel with some Scientific Angler Frequency 5wt line and a new CGR 7ft glass rod….it’s an old school look but man it’s smooth. I love this reel. Sure, it’s not fancy, but it’s tight and the drag is amazing. I’ve already convinced a buddy to get one, and I’ll be picking a few more for myself and as gifts. Trust me, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a quality reel, unless you’re just trying to impress someone.