I've had the Okuma SLV 45 Reel for a little over two weeks now, and for the price I couldn't imagine anything better. The Okuma SLV is constructed with a die cast Aluminum frame and spool and a 1-way roller bearing. This makes for a very light yet very strong reel. The one way bearing is my favorite part of this reel. It takes no effort to reel in the line also sparing you that annoying clicking sound that you get with some older reels. Going the other way provides an awesome adjustable drag system that can be fine tuned with just a twist of the knob. This happens to come in handy when you snag that monster fish and need to change the drag in a second.
Even with the large arbor design there is still some memory that remains on the end of my 5WT WF line but stays straight for the most part. After about 20 minutes my line is nice and straight again.
Now I know what you're thinking, "only one way drag system?? What about us lefties." Not to worry Okuma has provide instruction with your reel that tell you how to reverse the roller bearing. The instructions are simple to read and fallow, but plan on getting a little messy.
- 1-way roller bearing
- Large arbor spool
- Strong Sturdy drag system
- Extra spools cost about \$35.00
- Prone to scratches and scuffs
I would give the Okuma SLV 45 a 4 out of 5 SilverCG dudes, and for the grand price of \$60 bucks from Sportsman's Warehouse I couldn't ask for anything better.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know and all get back you ASAP.