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This will be night and day for casting. I've spooled this up with very light line, 8lb test for trout fishing lakes, and put 30lb braid for river fishing salmon. No issues landing decent sized Coho, Pinks, Chum, and Bull Trout. Lake wise, you can cast this baby with pinpoint accuracy. Keep it clean, do some maintenance about once per season. Using this about 2-3 times per week in freshwater, I found it got a bit slow after 5-6 months. Just unspool, clean it up and it's good as new.
I've seen guides in the PNW are using this reel for Steelhead. It's a great all round reel. Don't cheap out over 10-20 bucks.
I've caught a number of fish using this reel, from river salmon to large trout, and reeling them in is smooth and effortless. Casting is pretty good, and it's a great looking reel too. The construction feels pretty solid. It's a big upgrade from the cheap squeaky reel I was using before and worth the money. I definitely recommend this reel and will probably get another one.
Had no idea that my old reel felt so "rough". I looked forward to spooling it up just so I could feel the smooth action. :) Definitely falling in love with Okuma products! Ordered an Okuma Celilo rod for this reel too.