I have tried other reels like the AMS and one that you shoot through but still prefer the drum type. I don't actually use it as a reel, I have it tight up on my bow so it does not turn but spools the line out. Then I grab the line and pull the fish in and quickly rewind the line on the drum. Just what I'm used to !!nice! I would highly recommend getting yourself a reel of somesort other than the drum. I love my AMS even though they arent for everyone. makes shooting eaiser and faster. but it looks like you do just find with the drum.