I used to. I never found a friendship with a spinning reel, always used a thumbleveler, A fathom 12 on either a honey 121-3M or a Daiwa 11 foot Sealine X. You'll lose a little distance, but gain a lot more control.
C'mon guys. You can't expect everyone to get all lathered up over an event that is months away. If you set a date right now. I'll be there, so will most of the other misfits that show up every year. It'll be great to see you all again.