I have to tell you, I'm almost there. Years ago (20+), I got a good Shimano (or Daiwa - I forget) baitcasting reel. Back then, baitcasters were hard to use and only good for 3/8oz and higher lure weights. The pro's used them b/c they tended to use heavier weights to catch bigger fish. But the regular guy just didn't bother with em much. Interestingly enough, pros have backed off of that and some do use spinning reels now. There isn't any hand switching, although you have to flip the bail. (My fishing heyday was back when trigger-flipped bails were the rage. They didn't work real well, but it was cool. I still have one of them 25 yr old reels around somewhere.) Anyhow, with modern braking and designs, baitcasters are far easier to use - and can be used with much lighter lures. I find casting with them much easier. I can cast overhand, three-quarters and side-arm with equal dexterity. (I can't cast a spinning reel overhand to save my life. I just have no feel for it.) Am I an odd duck out there? Or is this a trend? Of course, the downside is that it seems good baitcasters cost a lot more than good spinning reels. But how often do you NEED to buy a reel? (Probably as often as a new gun or knife. ROTFL!) Can you tell it's just getting to be fishing season???? I'm just ITCHING to get out there more. Caught 5 2-3lb bass in the last week over 3 outings near the cabin. Spring bass hit like a striper - no real strike, just a heavy weight that occasionally jerks the rod. . . until you start getting them near the surface.