Re: Saltwater reel
Battenkill Big Game LA was the first SW reel I had for an 8 weight rig and it did me proud. It was a first trip (Mexico) and I didn't want to spend a fortune in case I didn't like it...well that was stupid! Of course I loved it.
I recommend Orvis and their back up I understand is second to none (I've never had to use it!).
I would suggest a Hydros the replacement, better sealed drag. I have a Mirage VI which is impressive along with Sage 8080 also great and replaced the Battenkill with an Abel Super 7. Alll great reels and I didn't spend a fortune on them..there are deals out there!