I'm glad you are feeling the javelin Jim!
I used to use (and fish with people who used) the wet cel WF lines from SA. Pluses and minuses:
+ cast very nice due to density and diameter - you can aerialize more than a QD
+ running line sits in basket well due to density
- hard to prevent snagging along rocky shorelines at end of retrieve
- can't see where head starts and running line begins
Overall I think the basket is much of the problem if the running line doesn't stay in it. The new LL Bean basket holds line quite well despite being a little stiff on the waist. Per my own project, I have decided on a basket design, going to prototype now.