This should be an interesting forum and a place where one can learn another technique that will help them catch more fish. The most important element in centerpin fishing is the rod in my opinion. A long rod will help you keep your line off the water, let you fish a deep run without a slip bobber and allow you to set the hook better at the end of a long drift. Most of the time any reel will work but sometimes a centerpin reel works best, especially if you are drifting a tricky current where the water is deep. It takes some time to learn to cast them and my biggest complaint is line twist. That can be overcome with the pull cast but that cast takes even more practice and skill. In my opinion it is a speciality tool that works best in particular situations. If you fish steelhead a lot especially on bigger rivers you will probably like it. I think it is as challenging as fly casting only in a different way. Good idea John. Anytime you do something to help fishermen have a better understanding especially of new ideas it cant hurt. To all those who think centerpin fishing is the tshit, it aint all that, but it is a fun way to fish and to the guys who think it sucks, dont even get involved. By the way I have seen guys cast a centerpin much farther than any spinning reel, but to do it consistently, it takes a lot of hard work. I have amazed myself a few times a few times when I did it right with long casts, but I will probably never reach the Zen level because it is a lot of work and I dont fish those conditions enough where a centerpin and long rod is the best tool.