In my youth you could use any type of reel, as long as it was a Pen49 (a) and did they last & last and pull many Yellowtail. I wonder how many of you still know what they look like? After an absence from fishing for a number of years I started again in 1990 and quickly saw that there were far better and lighter Japanese reels around and bought a Daiwa SL50SH. I now own 4 of them and the original one I bought is very badly worn, but anyone who sees what I do with them, will understand that they are extremely rugged. We now again have newer generation reels, with anti reverse bearings, smoother retrieves, butter smooth drag systems and stronger everything. Last week I impulsively purchased a Daiwa Saltist 40. It has a beautiful drag, very smooth and it breaks free without any snatching, has lots of lb pull, it is probably what most anglers dream of in a drag. Guess what, I have an unexpected problem, you can not tighten it as much as I want. I now realize that the â€œold snatchyâ€ drag systems that require a lot of pull to break free, are more suitable for my fishing then these fancy â€œnew generationâ€ ones. I donâ€™t think the drag is defective, it is just that I do not think it is designed to produce more then a certain amount of pull, and you can not over tighten it, like some other reels. I am sure the drag will quickly tire a small Tuna or Yellowtail in deep water, but when you want to tame a Yellowtail near underwater structure, you MUST stay in control of the fish, not the other way round. If he succeeds to get his head facing away from you, even a small one will pull you in to the kelp. These creatures are immensely strong (when they want to be), determined. and have an instinct to head for structures. What I am saying is not a criticism of the reel, just an illustration of how different the needs of fishing can be. Does anyone else own one of these reels and what do you think of it?