I just got two more Ugly Stiks. I love these things. I saw the new GX2 and wanted to give it a try. I am very pleased with the rod like always but the reel was impressive. These are relatively inexpensive combos and the reel feels like I should have paid more. It is smooth to reel and easy to cast. Good job on this one. P.S. I once had a Ugly Stik catfish pole shut into my tailgate and it didn't break...Been a fan ever since.