02-09-2008, 04:53 PM
Re: Reel Recommendation
That is a very good price range.
My first choice would be the Galvan Open Back. The OB-3 runs $270 and the OB-4 is $280. This reel may have the best drag out there for light tippet fishing. The adjustment range is very broad and you won't be in danger of adding too much drag during a fight. That is if you add drag with a fish on. There is a pleasant out-going click but no in-coming click. I like that. I also like their Green color.
Galvan Open Back
Then there is the Lampson Litespeed that is very popular. It is a great reel but I don't like the way an "O" ring holds the spool to the frame. A lot of people don't mind it. These reels have a very tough finish. The 1.5 is $279 and the 2 is $299.
Next would be the Ross Evolution. This is a very light weight reel and well made. The one thing I dislike about the reel is the out and in click. I don't like any reel with an incoming click. The Evolution 1.5 is $285 and the 2 is $295.
Any of these reels would be a good match up to your rod and they are all American made from Bar Stock. I think the $300 range is a sweet spot for good reels.