I saw drumrunner mention these reels in another thread so I looked them up. I have to say I've never seen an odder looking reel before. They seem to be pretty popular in Australia. I can see how they have the advantage of being reliable, but the drag system seems insufficient and the reel just looks flimsy. Plus casting them looks like a chore. They've been around for a long time though. Has anyone ever used one or even seen one? They are cheap enough of ebay, I'm half tempted to buy a vintage one just to take it apart and look at it.