Dave from ohio
I was raised using what we call closed face reels. my dad would tear a tab off a cereal box to get a johnson century. my grandpa used a zebco 33 to fish for bluegill and crappie until the day he died. I have 6 that I keep for the grandkids to use. It is much easier to teach them to cast than a spinning reel, and that is where they shine. Junk, troublesome? yes they are, but they do have a place in my fishing arsenal.