My first reel was a low profile black max and I learned angling/casting on it. I was using it on a 6'6" cabela pro guide rod and filled 50# power pro 150yards to use with and there were plenty of birds nest initially. After a while using it and birds nest and cutting line, I guess now I have around 100 yards or a little more of line left and it works fine without any birds nest. I guess, when I started learning I was using the wrong weighted lures/spinners and line was a little too much. I like it and have caught carp, snake heads and cat fishes with it. But nothing huge all were around 500g to 3 kg.