I have now entered the rod building aspect of our great sport, and have just finished my first rod. It is turning the final coat of epoxy as I type. It is by no means a masterpiece(look up kproctors military rods to see what a masterpiece looks like), but it came out way better then I expected. I have decided to give the first one to my 6 soon to be 7 year old. I have decided to build one for each of my three boys, as they have all enjoyed catching trout on dry run creek in Flippin AR, and received many a fly at the mountain home AR Sow Bug roundup.

Having said all this, I need three decent reels for 3wt rods. I am looking for something that can take a beating and not break the bank. Any recommendations would be appreciated.