Re: New rod..Check. New reel....
I like my Galvin, but I had some issues with the spool, deciding to drop out once in a great while, now it's a backup
I have a Lamson ULA Force 3, extremely light.. it far more durable than I could have imagined. Never an issue with it - had it for about 10 years.
Ross - only have an Evolution - great products
Nautilus - still on my list to check out
Like most things there is no best, just how it suits you