I recently purchased a Lamson Litespeed Micra 5 and cannot say enough about this reel. I used the original lightspeed reel for a three weight rod that I learned to fish with, and absolutely fell in love. I love this option just as much, only for a different purpose. The original lightspeed is excellent for smaller fishing and closer casting, such as small trout and streams, as it has a much smaller spool diameter. I ordered this reel for a nine weight sage rod, and it is the absolute perfect tool for saltwater fishing for redfish and other larger game fish. With a larger spool diameter, faster retrieve rate, it’s easier to land larger fish that can put you to the backing quickly. As always, Lamson‘s smooth drag. Lastly, the coating on this reel will last a lifetime if taken care of. I use my gear (beat my gear to oblivion) and this thing has held up nicely just as my other Lamson reels. Would absolutely order again and will order one of these for my seven weight rod. Smaller stream fishing and smaller weight rods I will probably stick to my original litespeed, but that’s preference only. This reel will do what you need it to do.