Re: Reel for my new Sage One 4 wt
I would take a look at some Abel reels within your budget. I used to have a Lamson Litespeed 2, but ended up selling it and got an Abel. I dropped the Lamson I had one time, and it bent the spool. I was able to bend it back, but it never ran smoothly again, maybe my reel was just a fluke but I don't want to chance it again. It seems like my Abel's are built like tanks while still retaining a silky smooth drag, good looks, and super tight tolerances. I don't have any experience with the Hardy you mention, but I'd bet that it would be hard to go wrong with it.