Re: Ported vrs solid reels ?
When fishing light (6wt & below) reel/line/rod then the porting does not have much effect.
However just pick up an older Penn Saltwater or Fin Nor reels for 7 thru 12 wt use then pick up just about any of the current models (save 'heavy tibors"). That weight difference is huge, love the old "wedding cakes" but they feel like anchors after a days fishing. We do lots of salt water wade fishing which involves 3-5 hour wade with hundreds of blind casting. Your arm will love the lighter ported reels.
Even if you are standing on a casting deck and only sight casting, your still holding a very heavy un-ported reel. After the end of the day your arm will speak to you.
Some arguments have been of the strength of solid versus ported but that has been negated by simply the now decades of success of ported reels.
With the more sealed drags of today the porting does not add to corrosion issues.