Light and smooth. Spool is a thing of beauty. Fine gears to produce the 8:1 ratio. Great for throwing 1/8 jigs. Many use it for steelhead fishing in the PNW. Not the greatest drags for that application but you could do it, I worry about the gear and pinion after a few hot steelhead but it would cast like a dream all day long! Some new Carbon Fiber drags and re-lube bearings and she is good to go!