Re: Fly Reel for a 9wt/10wt
Let me recommend Lamson's Litespeed series.
I use a Litespeed 3.5 on my Sage Xi-2 9 wt. and it gets the job done every time. I use a Litespeed 4.0 on my Sage 10 wt. and, although a little heavier, the balance of the reel on the rod is nice. Drag on both the 3.5 and the 4.0 is strong enough to consistently stop barracuda while trolling; so that says something for their drag system! The hard alox finish on the reels has been "accidently" tested by me several times and, so far, the finish remains perfectly intact.
And I think that they're in your price range.