I used some Xmas money and just ordered myself a new Quantum ultralight spinning reel. "How is an ultralight spinning reel a piece of flathead gear?" you ask. Well, for me, every flathead trip starts with catching sunfish, and this sweet little reel is going to make sunfishing more fun and effective. For anyone else that's interested, Quantum redesigned their whole line of spinning reels for 2009, and "some major tackle outlets" have put the 2008 reels on sale for a very good discount. I used to use Shimano spinning reels, and now I'm completely sold on the Quantums.