RE:For the love of Hardys
I do love my hardy Salmon 2, but have lusted after the Bougle since it came out. An amazing, timeless design that is also very functional. I also tried a Loop last year and gotta admit, their ability to pick up lots of slack *fast* is a big plus. I also like the look (and price) of the new Reddington LA, but don't know if it has the outgoing Click or not. The Lamson Lightspeed is also nice, but a bit too funky a design for my taste. If I buy another spey reel, it will definitely be a Large Arbor.
I could survive with any of these reels, and depending on what duties you expect it to perform each could be the preferred choice. Given the spare cash, I'd probably own them all!