No Joke, this is one great little fly reel. Nothing fancy here, just a great working, long lasting fly reel. It's the right size for any five or six weight fly line/rod. No, it's not machined and anodized. It's molded and painted...but so what. It still works hard like a mule and can take all the bumps an angler can throw at it. It's got an adjustable disc-drag system that protects light tippet, yet can still slow down a bigger fish. This fly reel is perfect for the beginner or makes for a great back-up fly reel. If you're a lake angler and you've got a lot of fly lines, don't spend extra money on a bunch of spools, get this reel (or several) and get organized.