So when it came time for my saler reels I did my research, looked at all the reels and then had a hard look at my budget. Of all the reels I looked at I ended up with 2 CLA's, one #7 and one #2 with 4 extra spools. I was going to use the #7 on my 13' 8/9 for chinooks on the beach but that plan never worked and the reel moved on. My #2 however has been tested on my 4wt sea run rod. My first catch was a January coho that sure as hell tested me even though it was colored up. I didnt want to loose my first fish, even if it was an old boot Here is a closer look into what I believe is the best all water reel for around the $200 mark.
Heres my #2 on my Batson build up with its first fish, yes.....thats a 9' 4wt!
Hows that for a dirty old coho, not what we expect to find fishing in January for cutties