Thanks for the feedback MP.....I was begining to wonder if anyone was going to jump in
I have narrowed things down a bit myself in the last couple of days. Like you, I don't think the Sage reels will hold up to the salt water use I have planned, plus I don't think they can carry a 10 wt. fly line if I need to go that route to cast my TiCr-x. But the price point on the Lamson Guru is just too much for my budget. I've narrowed it down to 3:
Colton Crg2--drawback is that the drag isn't sealed. I spoke with the owner of the company and he claims it is not a problem with good freshwater rinsing after every use.
Amundson TXS--also doesn't have a sealed drag and doesn't hold as much backing.
Lamson Konic--it's drawback is that it is a cast reel rather than machined, but it does have a sealed drag.
I'm also looking at used reel deals on ebay, but prefer new when it comes to a reel.
So the big question is what is more important.....a sealed drag or a machined reel (as opposed to cast). It sounds like I can get away from the reduced capacity on backing by just using 50 yds of braded. I assume you put that on the reel first, and the 20-30# dacron next to keep from wearing out my fingers and rod guides.
Another question I have is wether or not an extra spool is necessary. Typically I like to buy a floating and a sinking fly line when I go after fresh water fish and put them on different spools, but in the flats I assume I will only use floating line to keep it off the coral heads. A weighted fly should bring the fly down to where the fish are. As for tarpon.......I'll probably be fishing for juveniles, if I go for the big guys, I'll probably be using the guides equipment b/c I know a 9 wt. rod will probably snap at the tip.
Any comments are appreciated.