My buddy has this tech on his streamer line. He puts tape on his trigger finger to prevent the rub while stripping. We always go oooH ole Jim's taping up for the meat stick. It further adds to the aura of streamer fishing.It does sound like a zipper, and I have had some line rash from a fish running hard. I've been told they smoothed it out after the first generation to reduce both noise and friction on the hands.