your opinion on expensive reels?
I have been using an okuma reel that was only $45. I land 20-23 inch fish almost every outing on the San Juan. The reel does fine and the fish that get off are mostly broken tippet or spit hook. Do you guys that have more money to spend on equipment find that spending good money on reels makes any difference. I know that a good drag is important on big fish but I see these reels that are several hundred dollars and wonder what they could possibly do thats any better. After all in fly fishing the reel just holds your line 95% of the time.
Anyways Im thinking of getting a good real thats lighter and balances better but I wont spend too much