You know, people have been reeling in fish with Pfluger medalist reels for years. I would suggest searching craigs list and only buying the old "made in the USA" ones. They were made in Akron Ohio. Every conceivable species of game fish has been reeled in on a medalist. I own lots of fly reels, some really expensive. However, there is a certain attraction to buying medalist reels at garage sales, on craigs list, and so forth. It's a great game, and the good thing is, it's so cheap that your wife won't even get mad at you for doing it.