I picked up one of these a few weeks back. I have not picked up a fish as if yet but I do like the reel. The V spool holds a lot if backing with a very small diameter for a 8 wt reel, I think it is like 3.8 inches. The spool comes off with a threaded knob and the knob stays on the spool so there is no dropping the nob in the drink. The workmanship is very nice and clean. As I was a first time buyer they gave me $40 off my next buy so I waited tell I saw the reel and picked up a spare spool. If your ever up in the Poulsbo area let me know and I will let you take a look at it.