Re: Decisions decisions....
Thanks for the replies everyone! I appreciate all the comments, particularly those regarding the manufacturing process.
It seems like I will be fine with either reel. One of the other factors in my decision is that I can go to my local fly shop and walk out with an Echo Carbon and Lamson reel. Instant gratification, and place to go back if I am having problems are very attractive. The machined bar stock and the overall look of the Allen Trout reels are what is making this decision somewhat painful.
On a different note...
Can you guys point me in the right direction to learn about drag systems? I am interested in the materials selection and design and how they affect the overall system. I poked around a bit on this forum and on google and didn't see any sources that seemed very reputable.
Thanks for the warm welcome!