I have to admit...this topic will find SOME of you scratching your heads After testing & selling a few spin-cast reels over the last few months...and reading the "baitcasting made easy" topic...I discovered that there are some similarities between the 2. And IMHO...using a spin-cast reel FIRST for a while...will help you learn how to use a bait-casting reel. Here's my explanation There are 2 ways to cast with a spin-cast reel. The first is to "time" the pressing of the button to release the line with the forward motion of the cast. This is THE hardest way to use this type of reel.The second way is to use your thumb to push in the button ALL the way down. This puts the spool into "free-spool" mode...but yet at the same time..."holds" the line & lure in place. During the cast, you simply lift your thumb up from the button at the correct moment...and the lure goes flying.This "second way" is almost identical to what you do with a thumbar bait-cast reel.You press the thumbar down...and at the same time...put your thumb on the line / spool. IF you don't...line runs out and the lure drops When you make a cast with a spin-cast reel...trying to make the lure land in a specific spot...if you LIGHTLY touch the button...you can accomplish it.The SAME thing happens when you thumb the line / spool of a bait-casting reel.IMHO...using a spin-cast reel for a few days / weeks before trying a baitcaster will help your learning "curve". Thoughts?