On my vacation to the JM Wilderness here in CA in the Mono Creek drainage and lateral canyons, instead of trying to get a new reel and work my way thru reviews and should I/shouldn't I, I stuck with my old long travel reel and older drug store telescopic pole with duct tape on the end to keep the extensions from coming out the wrong end. :) As usual, it was the night before my trip that I replaced the line, seems like a annual thing to do this at the last minute. One key thing I did this time, I trimmed with my knife, the sharp angles off of the ends of my medium size clear bubble so the line would not catch there, had a big drop off of the line catching on the bubble and messing my cast up. I also thought fishing after a full moon would effect things too. I did great, caught trout everynight where I camped, even a few small Goldens up the Second Recess. I also used a technique I was told about a few years ago or more, before the bubble and fly reach their max distance when casting, grab the line so the fly will travel past the bubble and be clear of it. Unfortunately, the fishing did not pick up until after I had eaten everynight, due to wind alot I believe, so I did c&r.