Battenkill is nice for the money. For what you want to fish for, though, I'd check out the Okuma SLV. It's lightweight, large arbor design (handy for bass reels) and has a very good drag. You can find them on line for under $50. I sold my Battenkill and bought two SLVs and still had money left over from the sale. I not only didn't regret it, I'm contemplating buying a third one. The one in the pic below is the second largest size; I use it for 6-8 weight lines. They make them in two smaller sizes as well.