Re: Any recommendations for an affordable steelhead reel?
I beleive that the Redington, Pflueger Trion/ President and Battenkill Mid Arbor are all made at the same factory. A friend and I actually put a spool from a Battenkill on to a Pfluger Trion to see if it would fit, which it did. The Trion spool also fit on the Orvis reel. Later on we used a micrometer to measure the drag and bearing, finding the measurements to be the same. People who use these reels regularly have confidence in this equipment. It looks like you got a very good deal on the Redington. If it were me, I would put the reel to good use and not look back.