I was most skeptic about the castability and line management when I first unboxed this reel. But after a few weeks of use, I could count my number of small backlashes on one hand. The tension knob is quite responsive to menial adjustments and the trilateral magnetic braking system has been very simple to use. I’ve tested several hundred casting reels throughout my career and I think the Speed Demon would be a great choice for anglers looking to improve their baitcaster skills. It’s not rocket science to get it set up and once it’s dialed in, you’ll rarely have to fool with the settings.