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Default Re: Medium priced reel ($200-$300)

I would run, not walk, to the nearest Orvis Battenkill Large arbor reel, either a IV for 8 wt or V for 9 wt...or whichever balances your rod for you. I use these reels (I have more than a couple of them, testament to how much I trust them and use them) for bonefish and atlantic salmon particularly, but also for bass and pike. 25 year warranty, Orvis customer service, etc.

Having said all that, all of my Battenkill's are the english-made version. They are often available on ebay, usually for about 150 bucks, lightly used. I cannot testify to the quality of the newer, asian-made (I believe) version. but I suspect its a very good reel, too.

reeling,
Gary

A few of my babies ready for bonefish action:
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