The reel came preloaded with backing, it has Cheeky's B2 channel which allows for greater line capacity than is probably ever needed but this does add confidence when fishing water that can produce eight inch rainbows to 20 plus inch browns. The strength of reel's Rev Carbon Drag System is impressive. Like the line capacity, it is probably a tad overkill, but again I like the vast sense of security you get from a 2-4 wt reel that can stop a 20 plus inch brown. Great aesthetics are expected from Cheeky and this reel certainly delivers. The frame and spool are black die-cast but the drag knob, foot and handle are all CNC machined in a brilliant orange. This creates excellent fit and finish, especially considering the reel's affordable $129 dollar price tag.
Taylor and I had a great time on the Farmington River. We met up with one of friends, Brian, who lives in the area and he took us to his favorite spots. Brian guides in Alaska during the summers and the amount of fishy knowledge he has is nothing short of impressive. I was fishing the 4wt with the Tyro almost all day and There are no negatives to report. The reel balanced well, it was light, the drag adjustment was smooth and uniform. Typically when dealing with smaller trout, a reel is basically just a line holder. I usually just strip fish in instead of attempting to put them on the reel. I caught one small 8-10 inch rainbow on the setup and stripped it in like usual, but like I said before, I am confident the Tyro's stopping power could handle much larger fish with ease. Unfortunately the fish spit the barbless hook just before I could land him in a net. I do have Taylor and Brian to back my story up though!