To find out, I took the reel on a big-trout quest in North Jersey just last weekend, and in truth, I never expected to catch anything that would test it quite the way a steelhead would have. I fought a few nice rainbows and the reel did well, but they didn't really have the juice to put the RS's guts to work. But the massive brown trout in the photo above did. That fish shot down stream with such force on its first run, and it had so much weight behind it, I thought I had foul hooked a carp. I hadn't. The brown didn't take long runs, but made short, powerful sprints. Considering it was on 3X tippet and I was a nervous wreck, I truly do credit the landing of that fish to the RS's ability to take those jolts gracefully. I know that if there had been any tiny bit of "stickiness" or stutter in that drag, this fish would have been gone.