I purchased my first fly reel with a real fighting drag for a trip to Alaska a couple years ago and was told that the Okuma Helios would be a good quality reel for the money . Had a great trip , fished alot of the rivers from Montana creek all the way down to quartz creek .Got into some nice silvers one day and noticed ( kind of hard not to ) how when hooked one you better hold on for dear life !!! This is going to be hard to explain , but when a big fish takes off what I didn't like abut the reel was first the rod bends pretty far depending how tight you have the drag set and then the drag finally lets line out then the rod un-loads and goes straighter , then this whole thing happens again over and over , its not a nice smooth pull with the rod in the same bent arc . Its not what I'm use to with a good spinning or baitcaster , but might be the way a fly reel drag is suppose to work , any info appreciated .