Originally Posted by dougm
Skip the Orvis ... Just to muck things up a bit, I would go with the Waterworks Force or, to save a buck or two, the Lamson which is also made by the Waterworks. I've fished an original Force F3 since it was first announced. Fished hard and put away wet, the Force deserves nothing but praise. As Chalton Heston would say, "They will have to pry it from my dead hands."
For my earlier comments on the Force, follow this link:
As an alternative, you might also look at the STH Turbine -Disc, LA-3, that's on sale at Cortland's online store. How good is the turbine? Good enough that I own four ... The LA-3 is a bit heavier than the Force but is a high quality reel -- and I really like the turbine.
At $229.00, this reel is a steal, and don't believe the bit about being for "freshwater." The fact is the LA-3 is built for either fresh or saltwater.
Lamson is a great reel also. I have knowlege of only one series, the Litespeed. Sweet reel. VERY light. It also is the only reel that I have seen that's drag system does not freeze up in the coldest of weather. Then again, when it is that cold the line freezes up on it's own. Anyway, the Orvis reels or the Lamson are great bets. There are many good reels on the market right now. Some of the cheapest reels out today trump the ones from ten years ago by far.