Not breaking the Saltwater Bank
Hi, all...new to the site. Thought I'd tap the collective in regards to value-priced saltwater reels. I'm looking to find a decent 8/9 wt reel with a sturdy, well-performing drag, good backing capacity, good corrosion resistance...one that will stand up well to Bones or Reds. I seem to be fixed on Redington and the Orvis Mach V right now - do any of you have any experience with the AL or AS series Redingtons (a lot of these on ebay right now), the new Brakewater series (large arbor) or CD series (mid-arbor) reels or the Orvis Mach series? The Redingtons sure are pretty to look at, but I wonder if the durability is there. I have experience with Orvis reels (favorable), but not with the Mach series. I love the look and feel of the Abels, Tibors and Ross Big Game, but really want to spend less money! I'm also very curious about Old Florida reels, especially the Nautilus, but I'd be in the same boat as far as price goes with these...any ideas or suggestions? Junk is definitely not an option...just want the best I can get for a good value.