For reel protection, on fishing days, I use neoprene pouches. Saracione sells great ones on his website, 4 differnet sizes. On trips when they get stacked in a boat or tossed around you need neoprene. Not everyone is a sensitive with the "fancy" gear. When someone says, " I grabbed your rod for ya..." I always panic a little. I only cry on the inside. William does really nice long handles so a larger case is always better. The neoprene cases the Hardy's Bougle come with are great too. I recently bought a Taupo spare spool and it came with an awesome black pouch.