Feels small, lightweight and comfortable in your handle


The thumb bar has not had any issues with catching or not wanting to depress in certain handle positions. I sometimes worry about that with composite reels. The thumbar on the Concept Z works really well. I also appreciate all the small details in the reel. It has a large handle, solid EVA custom paddles, but it’s really light because of how the handle is cut and swept. I’ve fished swimbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters and even flipped a good bit with the reel. 

The Concept Z fishes like a really small, light finesse reel. But it has the features and guts of a bigger power reel. I like that combination of attributes for things like skipping swimbaits, Chatterbaits or jigs up under docks. It’s the perfect reel for that.