Hi all Many years ago I used rear drag spin reels (not to be confused with baitrunners) but then I went away from them when I upgraded. Some research I did at the time suggested that the rear drag was not as smooth as the front drag. I tried mine at the time and this seemed to be the case. Now I have returned to the dark side! I purchased these two Shimano Exage reels a while ago and they are close to hitting the water. This model comes with a spare spool as well which is handy and they are 'push button' release. I will use them in freshwater chasing trout or redfin. I think the Exage may have been exclusive to Tackleworld and the local store does not have any left. Rear drag reels are not found that much in tackle stores...not around here anyway. Although the baseline spin reel, Shimano IX, is usually stocked and is a rear drag reel. However, overseas you can obtain rear drag versions of many Shimano models. The best thing I like about the Exage is the drag lever. You set the drag and leave the lever on top. I rarely change my drag setting when fighting a fish but this lever allows you to do it easy...and then return to the pre-set position if need be. I am looking forward to using them. Does anyone else use rear drag spin reels? cheers Team Bender Does things backwards!