Quote Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
Well considering when I am up in Canada pike/muskie fishing with my gf, we both cannot use two different rods and using the same reel. Expect us to switch back and forth with the reel in the middle of casts????

Nope. I guess I missed the part about you and your gf fishing at the same time. In that case, you're right, you do need 2 reels. I think that the Lamson Litespeed reels will come in at or close to your budget if you're interested in trying them.