Re: toughest reel under $100?
I have Medalists, Battenkills, Bauers, Ocean City, and an Okuma. For a reel under 100 bones I would say my Ocean City is the finest of all of them but I use it in a spey capacity. Its click and prawl and will only see fresh water. The Okuma comes in at a close second I originally picked it up on sale as well and used it in salt water. The downside was drop it and scratch the enamel finish and it will oxodize in a heartbeat! Still it lasted a long time getting put through its paces in the salt water, now the reel is nearly completly void of any of the enamel finish and the outgoing click is no more but the drag is still smooth as silk.
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