I bought this to get back into fishing after many years. I've never owned a spinning reel, but I know they are popular, so I bought this combo. Early on, like others, I lost line to tangles, but I chalk that up to user error. Once I got the hang of casting a spinning reel, I like it. However, the reel is VERY cheap. The drag is hard to set just right, and when set, it feels like the internals grind a little if there is any tension on the line. With the drag opened up to a suitable setting, the spool feels loose and jiggles a bit. I've fished for about 8 hours with this rod & reel. I LOVE the light action of the rod, but am replacing the reel with one of better quality. I don't think I would recommend this combo to a friend because, ultimately, I got what I paid for.