Re: Battenkill Bar Stock or Access
I don't experience with the new Battenkill bar stock (BBS) but I have the old version, Battenkill click and pawl. It is a great little reel, I've had it for probably 15 years. Nothing fancy by any means, has an open face for your "palm drag" and is perfectly suitable for trout fishing. They are readily available on ebay. Made in England and very affordable.
Otherwise, like Gary said, I would worry too much about the made in China...it doesn't have to be a red flag. Reputable companies have factories in China that make quality things. Everything that's made in China is not junk.