I upgraded my Lamsons to Bauer last season and put in quite a few days from shore and boat. Simple maintenance and I've had zero problems with it so far. It has the smoothest start-up of any reel I've tried.
Good suggestions on the rods. If you're looking to upgrade I have a 9.5 foot, 8wt Powell Tiburon 2 that I'm looking to sell. Used sparingly for one season. PM me if you're interested for details.