Re: good deal or not?
Second on the Allen ATS reel. I buy everything from Allen that I can now. If I need a new piece of gear, and Allen sells one in the specifications I want, that's probably the one I buy.
You just cant beat their price, quality, and especially service. If you have an desire for a new rod as well, the Allen weakly deal is a Xa rod (3, 4, or 5wt) and a Trout II reel for $269. The rod is $229 separately and the reel is $139 separately so you are getting a hell of a deal.