Love this reel. For the bucks, this is probably the best reel I own. the drag is smooth. I dont know what they put in it but it's as smooth as my Lamsons and Abels. I got it as a backup reel but it's never left my Lake rod since.
What a blank! What a rod! I got both the 6'6" and 8' #5. Both rods are perfect in terms of how much they bend yet how much power they still have. I started out with glass way back and I thought going back to glass may be more romantic than anything. That's not the case. These are my goto rods now for trout in small to medium size rivers and stillwaters.
Purchased the 7' 6" 3wt option version of this rod for fishing small brush lined streams and creeks with limited backcast room. The View has proven to be an excellent buy for the price, it casts well, is very sensitive, and has proven capable of handling fish well. If all of Diamondback's rods are of this quality or better then you can't possibly go wrong, why spend twice as much or more for a rod of the same caliber?