Added 3 new Penn Squall LDs into the trolling spread (2 40LD's and 1 60LD) to compliment 2 Penn International 30's. Freezer full of Mahi Mahi and five stars!!! These Squalls are basically graphite Internationals. They replaced 3 Shimano TLDs that served me well but I could not be happier with the purchases.
I had two of these for a while and have fished with a couple of more. They are perfectly acceptable reels for most of what I would want them for. They are certainly one the best looking reels out there and they do come in a left hand version. Something that the Shimano's do not.
Probably really 3.5 stars for me. I mainly use this type of reel for either salmon or stripers. The thing that keeps me from rating it higher was I was not totally impressed by it's drag. I feel the Diawa Sealine is a better reel for a lower price. The Shimano Tekota is a much better reel for not a huge amount more money. One thing I hate is that the clicker is too loud and is loud even when it is not engaged.
I bought a couple of these for striper fishing. I have had a chance to use them on multiple occasions and for the most part am really happy with them. They have a good drag and are fairly smooth to operate. For a good medium quality line counter I think they are great. In my opinion not the greatest looking reel in the world but should last many years
The main reason I did not give this reel 5 stars is I have had a little trouble adjusting the drag. (not a lot and mostly my fault) I also have a couple of Shimano Tekota reels and I don't feel like these are anywhere close to as good but then again they are quite a lot less expensive too.
In the end I think they are a step up from some of the cheaper Okuma's and Daiwa's and should last for many seasons.