OK, here I go again.
I started looking for a new 7-9 wt reel for Salmon,steelhead,pike,etc. a month or so ago. At first I wanted the Lamson Litespeed. Great reel they say. Price$245+.
I then did some soul searching and decided I liked the Lamson Radius. Nice reel also. $165+. I have looked and looked some more and was about a day away from getting the Radius, then someone started talking about Orvis. So I went to the site and found a reel with a drag that looks good. I can get this reel for $125 even.
I hear more about the Battenkills than most reels and I have read some great reviews. I noticed that this reel is NEW for 2005. Has anyone seen and touched one yet?

[This message has been edited by fishigan (edited 06 March 2005).]