I have used my Manx for 2 steelhead seasons now with a 3106 gsh brown blank played tons of steelhead on it up to 38 inches and tons of red spring and coho. I fish the vedder and chehalus mainly. I use to have a bushing kingfisher. The Manx cast alot better but I do notice the differents in size when reeling in its slower. But it makes a hot fish alot more fun IMO. If I wanted to just bring home meat I would just dust off the old 400b. Boring.