Re: your opinion on expensive reels?
Another approach is to watch EBay. I bought an Orvis TLS 9 ft, 4 piece, 5 wt rod and a Lamson Lightspeed reel, both were used but in great shape. Paid about half price off new. While in Alaska, I fished salmon for years with an Orvis 9 ft 2 piece, 8 wt rod and a Battenkill reel. That reel took a beating, finally the click drag failed and I think I fished with it another three years with no drag at all, I just got used to palming the reel. I have to say the drag on the Lamson reels is top notch, but I won't pay $300 for one.