Reels are arguable the most important part of any attempt to land a fish. Things we've heard at the shop, and never want to hear again are "It blew up on me!" or "I took it apart and can't get it to go back together" and the worst "I took it apart and discovered it's rusted."
A good reel will keep you out of these situations. At California Fly Shop we select the best reels in each class. Our preference is for reels that are made in the USA, with sealed drags from machined stainless steel or aluminum. Brands we carry in this section of our store are Hatch, Galvan, Sage, Tibor, Lamson Waterworks, Echo and Abel. Our site is one of the only that enables customers to customize Abel reels to exactly match your paint and accessory preferences - please allow extra time for custom reels.