I purchased this reel to replace a lower quality Shimano that started failing on me miserably. Not sure what the problem was but the reel was only 6 months old and it started getting very loud and would lock up every time I caught a big fish. So I replaced it with the Curado CU201E7 lefty model. So far, this thing is a DREAM to cast and it's as smooth as silk!
I am by no means a professional fisherman, but if you have the money, this reel is awesome. I am learning to use a baitcasting reel, but after about 30 mins in the yard, I felt like a pro. Adjusting the reel is key and is very easy. I have had very few tangles in the line and have taught other family members to cast using this reel. Newbies to baitcasting... just keep practicing, smart thumbs do exist, and this is an excellent reel to learn on. The fit and quality seem excellent. This may be a great reel for avid fishermen, but it is also great for beginners. I love this reel and will definitely buy another, and I encourage others to try it too.
I rarely find myself totally happy with most things I purchase. Usually even the good items have some trade-offs since I rarely buy the very top of the line products. After reading the glowing reviews and seeing that it was on-sale (g model coming soon) at a local retailer I went ahead and ordered the curado e. WOW!!! I haven't used a baitcaster reel in awhile for casting. Of course I troll with the bigger conventional reels but for casting had to get by with spinning for ocean and spincasting or spinning for bass fishing. I have an Omega Pro spincaster and it is OK and easiest to use while kayak fishing but always felt a little rough when reeling anything in over a 1 lb. So today I married the curado up with a medium 6' 6" graphite pole with fairly small fuji guides and 14lb low memory Trilene XL. I made a slight adjustment to the anti-backlash mechanism to the point just when the weight of the rig would just begin to pull line with the reel in free spool. A couple of casts and the amount of thumb pressure was easily discovered. I was casting farther than I have ever casted from my favorite bass spot on the Black River in NY. I caught a dozen or so bass from 1/2 lb to 1 and 3/4 lbs in about an hour or so. I love the right hand reel as with spinners it always felt weird to either use left or use right but going backwards. A big advantage with the baitcaster is that with thumb control I could always stop a cast short if it was going too close to the submerged trees or too far into the weeds. I absolutely love this reel and couldn't imaging anything better for light freshwater use.