I have an old Ross Gunnison on my 8-weight and it is a fantastic reel. Caught 5 little tunny on it one day when we were out snapper fishing and they got well into the backing and the drag was smooth. I found out later that every one of those fish would have about doubled the state record at the time.....oh well.
Caught a big 15 pound redfish on it two summers ago in Louisiana marsh and again it was great. I bet this reel is over 15 years old now.