I've got two Battenkills, and have had no problems, whatsoever. An excellent reel for the money, and I hear that Orvis really stands behind their products, although I haven't had occasion to find out. I have an Okuma Sierra for my 3 weight, and have no major complaints, except that it has virtually no resistance when reeling in. For some reason, this just feels strange to me. For a setup that you plan to use a lot, I don't think you can go wrong with the Battenkill.