I've seen the Lamson reels in a few fly shops and they looked like potentials. Had never heard of Allen. Just checked them out online and they look really nice. What fly505 said makes sense, never considered hooking into the potential big fish. I'll be happy with what ever grabs my line
Thanks so far for the help, any more advise will be much appreciated.
jcw355, what was your experience with the Orvis reel?