The DC technology isn’t new it's just finally here in the states at a relatively affordable price tag compared to before in JDM Models. I was like most in thinking that it was a complete hoax and had the old school mentality of “if it ain't broke don’t fix it.” It wasn’t that I felt it wouldn’t work. It was the simple fact that I didn’t wanna spend the money to find out. After seeing them at ICAST, there was no doubt that I was intrigued by it. I ended up getting one in a trade months later and decided to put it through the ringer. I couldn’t think of a better way to test its strength than to put it on my frog setup. This thing is wild. The first thing I noticed was how well it casted into the wind. Typically with a bait as light as a frog it gets difficult to throw when the elements start to become a factor. Another cool feature, was the fact that I could skip a bait without even having to worry about the possibility of a backlash. Fishing a frog is all about being able to hit your targets. Those targets might be a small shade pocket of a mat the size of a trash can lid. Being able to do so with stealth and little water displacement ups your chances of getting bites. This single handedly helped put more fish in the boat for me throughout the 8 months of fishing the Curado DC. Not being limited by wind and being able to skip my frog deep into cover was a deadly combination. I’m not exaggerating when I say you can flat out spool this thing on a cast. Let me be the first to say that I was wrong about the DC technology. This innovative design flat out benefits the angler fishing it. The addition of the Shimano SLX DC at an even more affordable price tag of $189.99 makes it even easier to pull the trigger. These reels are perfect for any angler. It’s a cool option for someone wanting to learn how to use a baitcaster as well. If you’re on the fence, make the leap cause these are awesome reels.