I am trying to learn to use convention reels. I have a shakespeare tw30l levelwind it's a 4.2:1. It felt slow possible because I did not fill the reel with line. I only caught one striper with it and it was no problem getting him in the boat. My proplem has been with the blues and blacks. I recently bought some vintage penn's on ebay. a 309 (3:1), a 210 (4:1) , and a 112h 3/0 senator special (? : ?).