Re: Click reel - Battenkill or Drift?
You might also look at the LL Bean Pocket Water and the Red Truck Diesel. The Pocket Water is less expensive than the Battenkill. Or if you register on the Red Truck website, you get a member's discount that brings the price of the Diesel down to $140.
I have a Diesel 3-4 and think it is a far superior reel to the Battenkill click. Much sturdier and better engineered (and heavier too, if you're concerned about balance). It is a Hardy knockoff (although a very high quality knockoff) that combines the click check mechanism of the Lightweight series with the palming spool face of the Marquis series. The most comparable competitor would be the old English-made Orvis CFO III click check reels.