It would have to be my Hardy Salmon 2, the sound and quality of this reel is second to none.
I love my old medalist for my smaller sized spey. Cheap and dependable. They just hold line.
I'm with Jimmie here. The (can't speak to any 'new ones') were 'bullet proof' ... and when Orvis (correct?) bought them out to put them out of compitition you could get these huge reels for 'Penney's on the Dollar.' SOOOO COOL! Jim and I (and I suspect a lot of others) 'loaded up.' And I have to agree with Charles above on the Plug's; cheap as chips and they do just as they have done for over 50-70 (?) years. Nothing fancy, but if 'cost is an object' for smaller rods (switchies) you can't beat them. Only had one (over 40+ years of using same) where one gave it up. Truth be told, I had a hell of a chookie on the business end of my fly rod and it was a 'no contest.' Warped the frame; a one and only time that ever happened.For some reason, I just never got into the Hardy thing. Although Hardy, as well as a few others, make a nice reproduction of the old classic Von Hofe style reel. Very expensive, but if you're into that sort of thing and can afford it, that would be the way to go. There are a whole lot of less expensive alternatives. I have a bunch of old Redington AS13/14's. Nothing fancy, but they hold a ton of line and get the job done. I also have a nice collection of Bauer's. Overkill perhaps. But they look nice, get the job done, and they are paid for. :rofl: