Re: Best bang for the buck.
I bought a 7wt Colton on ebay that I like quite a lot. I overlined it with an 8wt and yes it is fast but it has lots of backbone. I think I paid about $180 . I don't own one yet but I understand that the Konic is a good reel at a low price point. Don't go cheap on the fly line. I prefer dacron backing and I use 30# on all my reels. You can go with gel spun and get a lot more on your reel but it will cut you if you are not carefull and it is expensive. I don't get to fish the salt often and I am still using Pflueger Medalist 1595 and 98 reels. The do need to be well cleaned after each use and many large fish have been caught on them over the years and for less than $50 I can do a little cleaning for now. I really want a reel that has the cork drag. Used, if I can find it for my 9wt that I have yet to buy.