Originally Posted by sweetandsalt
A cheap reel may work fine...on a cheap rod. The gentleman did not buy a Sage ONE to screw a piece of Chinese junk on its butt. The difference, even when it not about performance (a Hardy LRH has no performance advantage over many >$100 reels) aesthetics are very important and rarely inexpensive. And the fine reel, even after many a beverage bottle is empty and recycled, will continue to be a tackle item to behold.
Maybe Im just cheap because Im still in school..... i have a greys right now that i really like alot i got it and the TFO rod for 139 with line and backing. If you going to go big go big i guess