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    I agree with IMXer, the made in FL Nautilus FWX is what I have mounted on my #5 ONE. It is not too wide as are some of the reels above that were mentioned, has a suitibly fine tunable drag with plenty of of smooth breaking power for trout fishing with small hooks and light tippets. Its out-going click as a fish takes line is a subtle purr audible only to you; it won't scream across the river to alert every other angler that you know where the big heads are. It is availble in black and costs less than $300...I wonder how much they would charge to custome color the drag plate and hub in ONE bronze instead of the standard red? That might hit $300 on the nose.

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    Default Re: Have $300 to spend on a reel...

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    I agree with IMXer, the made in FL Nautilus FWX is what I have mounted on my #5 ONE. It is not too wide as are some of the reels above that were mentioned, has a suitibly fine tunable drag with plenty of of smooth breaking power for trout fishing with small hooks and light tippets. Its out-going click as a fish takes line is a subtle purr audible only to you; it won't scream across the river to alert every other angler that you know where the big heads are. It is availble in black and costs less than $300...I wonder how much they would charge to custome color the drag plate and hub in ONE bronze instead of the standard red? That might hit $300 on the nose.
    I'll give a solid third thumbs up for the Nautilus FWX. Very solid reel with a sealed smoothe drag, machined, and made right here in the USA. I have two - a 3/4 and a 5/6, soon to add a 7/8. I don't think the Nautilus can be beat at that price point, or even a bit higher.

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    Ross U.S.A. For $300, I'd check out the Vexsis model.

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    Hi Mike.

    I have 2 Sage ONE myself, and I have paired them both with a Waterworks ULA Force LT (the only reels I have for my single hand rods) and they look faboulous together! Granted they are in the 3-400 range, but IMO well worth it. They are also the second lightest reel in the world (superseeded only by the new Force SL) which is great. The Ross EVO LT is great looking reel as well, as well as being very light.

    I am however a huge Waterworks-Lamson fanboy and would reccomend anything they make.

    Hope you enjoy your ONE, I sure feel like Harry Potter with that thing in my hand!

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