I Hate this reel so much..lol I have it on a 9ft ole' whiskers rod. I should have read about it before buying it.. I'm really having bad troulbe casting this reel. One time it will cast OK the next its awful!! I cant get it to cast far at all. I can cast a shakespeare spinning reel longer on a 7ft rod better I havent caught any fish on it yet, but i got a hit on it the other night and now when im reeling with it, it seems like the bearing drags. Maye thats not what its doing. My 2 cents about these reels is that there junk:angry: Im planning on getting two 8ft rods (not sure what brand yet) with an Abu Garcia 6500 or maye 7000 reels:cool2:.