Re: toughest reel under $100?
All the reels mentioned I have, and I agree they are all tough as nails. If you want to take advantage of a large arbor reel (faster) the LL bean streamlight LA is $60.00. Other than being heavier than more expensive ones it's a fine reel with a good drag. It would never last as long as my old usa made medalists but for 60 bucks you get alot of reel. IMHO.