Originally Posted by medic29358
What I'm really looking for is a reliable trout reel for my 5wt rod. I doesn't seem like I need super strong drag, so I think I've decided on a click/pawl reel. When it comes down to it, is there really a difference between a $99 and a $300 reel. Or will any reel to the trick? It seems the rod is where I should spend a little more. I am taking into consideration made in the USA vs. overseas. Sure I'd like to buy an Able, but that's a lot to shell out right now.
Instead of giving you a long and drawn out response, I will narrow my answer to four points.
- Look at the machining. Are the tolerances tight? Does the spool wobble when it spins?
- How important is the finish to you. You really want something that is going to last.
- Drag system? Do you really need a disk drag? Regardless, you need something that is smooth starting. If you are going to have a long drawn out fight with Homie on a regular basis, you may want a disk drag.
- Is made in USA really important to you? Will an offshore made reel do the job?
Good luck with your search.