Failure is not something we take lightly on a reel's drag system, or any other part for that matter. When we set out to create the new EastFork reels we started with no preconceptions. We had no set manufacturing technique, no preexisting components and no vision of the final product. What came out of it is performance, and at under $200, performance you'd expect to get from a reel costing twice as much. With the new EastFork reels you won't have to loosen the drag to save your tippet, or crank down to prevent a large fish from spooling you. All three models are equipped with very strong, smooth and sensitive drags that transition from a delicate, friction-free startup, to controlled strength at any setting. This is accomplished with a proprietary drag material that will allow you to look forward to an eternity of reliable, and enjoyable, hours on the water. Forged? Machined? How about both? We combined the best of each world to accomplish a stable, intricately detailed marriage between spool and body. They're lightweight, very strong and hassle free. A push button spool allows quick extraction if needed, and switching left to right is accomplished with a simple O-ring design. The richly finished color, and a beautifully detailed wooden handle compliment all rods, especially all the new G. Loomis models, making these as nice to look at as they are to fish.