I have the newer Hardy CADD Ultralites for my 5-7 weight SHers and also the 8-9 version I use for my 5 weight spey/switch , and they work really well. In fact, the 5-6-7 I use on my 4 weight trout spey, too, and got into some Deschutes steelies with it, and it worked great. I keep the drag fairly low, so I can't speak for the so called "stopping power" I sometimes hear about, but it worked great during the fights. I increased the drag a click or two after the fish stopped the initial run, etc., and everything was flawless. A friend of mine also has this reel, though, and he said something went wrong with it. I don't remember the exact details, but it was along the lines of the drag system failing or breaking, if I recall correctly. I think the adjust knob stopped being able to change the drag??