Re: lowest priced machined reel?
I didnt get the clark reel but did get one of the machined reels.. So far it has been a very nice reel for the money with one drawback. That drawback is that on the positive reel in there is no "clicking" sound and no engagement of any pawls or anything so you can inadvertently hit the reel handle and reel some line in slightly. While not a big deal I do like hearing the "click,click,click" as you are reeling in. Not a big negative but something to note. The Clark may or may not be the same.
If you have the money, grab one of the Allen fly reels, customer service on here has been exceptional and their reels look amazing and have had great reviews. Had I not been impatient I could have picked up an Allen Trout II with Spare Spool for a little more than my reel cost me and it would have come with the great Allen customer service. Probably next year I will grab a Trout II, Kraken, or Omega.