I finally got a chance to get out on the water with two new Mitchell reels recently, and I have to tell you a story so you can understand just how great these new spinning reels performed. We were fishing for smallmouth bass on the Okanogan River and were both casting jigs and crank baits. I showed off the Mitchell 308Xe to the guide I was with and started casting my jig. When I switched to casting crank baits, he asked if he could try the 308Xe. I said sure, of course, but I had a hard time getting it back! Every time I switched to crank baits he would pick up my 308Xe. He marveled at how smoothly it worked, the Comfort Touch finish, how the bail closed effortlessly—even the reel handle grip. He uses spinning reels from another manufacturer that costs more than twice as much! There’s just no better way to describe this great new reel from Mitchell. There is more to the story, though. I didn’t complain that much about my buddy “stealing” my 308Xe, because I also had along my new 300XGe This reel has all the features of the 308Xe—plus two more ball bearings! It comes with a gold accented finish rather than the silver and is slightly larger, too. I didn’t mind sharing my 308Xe as long as I have a 300XGe to use. I have purchased four different spinning reels from three manufacturers in the past two years. I was looking for a reel to use for steelhead fishing, walleye fishing and bass fishing. These new reels from Mitchell beat the pants off the other reels I tried. When I was very young and had saved enough money to buy my first spinning reel, it was a Mitchell. My dad still has an old 308 knocking around that must be 50 years old. I know that I will be able to fish these reels for years and years and it will be a pleasure using them. Learn more about the 300Xe reels, log onto www.fishmitchell.com. To learn about the 300XGe call Eric Naig at 877-777-3850 x8465.