So in your experience the drag actually hasn't failed, but the frame flexes too much for "fish that really pull". I've had that happen myself on big salmon on a short line, and at moments thought I might bind the spool up because of frame flex, but the drag has never ever failed. So your assertion about the conical drag is an opinion or preference rather than a fact, as is mine. When I reach the limits of my tackle I adjust and compensate. I think there is a brand of fisherman who simply tightens drag when fish pulls hard...puts on heavier tippet when he breaks himself off, etc...I think that brings up the very valid question of fish fighting style and rigging. I personally feel you can max out a 20 lb tippet with a Litespeed 4 without undue cage/frame distortion, and if Silverfly needs more than that, especially for one trip, he should heed your caveats. To answer you last question: Chinook yes and recently. Albacore, not on the fly, but I do know the fight on other tackle and they are rockets. And I think it would be OK with an L4, a handful, challenging, and very sporty. From your last post, with your fish fighting style, I wouldn't recommend this reel though. 'Course I was posting my opinion in answer to Silverfish's question...I wasn't expecting a passive/agressive point scorer to be lying in wait. Get a grip man.