I agree. Blow ups are the reason and joy for having those many different kinds of reels. It's a good reason to get ol faithful out.FWIW, my wife occasionally uses a conventional, the level wind is for HER. A LW will cost you distance. As far as braid, I seldom blow one up but when I do the line makes little difference. Its usually a break off of some sort that causes it. I just stick the reel in the truck and get another one out. Back in business in a few minutes.