Got to go bail-less. Converted my first spinner to bail-less in third grade. Had an Ocean City reel and clipped the bail as described above. Never looked back! I'm a lefty as well and here's my solution: I own an original Penn 707 - lefty version of 706 from the 70's. This reel has caught plenty of fish including a few large and has since been retired (sentimental reasons). I replaced it with a 705Z that I "customized". I obtained the rotor cup, locking nut, spool and roller assembly from a 706Z and swapped 'em out. Voila! instant "707" (the gears and housing for the 704 and 706 are the same). I have been doing this now and loving it. Anybody out there selling 706's? let me know! I need more bits for another conversion! Advantage of the Van Staal new lefty reels is that the rotor rotation direction is correct to pick the line up off your finger. The Penn Spinfishers keep the rotation the same for righty's and lefty's. This tends to push the line back on the pickup finger when you attempt to retrieve. Living with this is second nature to me now, but the Van Staal is the sweet way to go if you can shell out the dough. I'll stick with Penn...and never, ever had the line jump off the roller. Bait fishing, plugging, underwater, in storms, live eeling, etc.