Originally Posted by chuck s
The Bauer mentioned above isn't a sealed drag which brings me to question why you wanted it sealed? The top reels, the Tibors, Abels, Bauers and some such as the Old Florida reels were unsealed, and of a cork against teflon or other slick material design. These reels account for most of the Salt Water Records and rate veery high when reels are tested.
I agree here. I LOVE Islanders, and they are not sealed, but don't let us change your mind. I think either of the Lamsons will serve you well....though neither is truely a "sealed" drag.
You didn't ask us what we thought of sealed drags, only which we thought was best. One of my worst sporting goods store memories was going in to purchase my first deer rifle, and the guy behind the counter basically told me I didn't want what I wanted. Luckily, I was with my father and maternal grandfather who very quickly told the salesperson what to do with his opinions.