I have a good friend. His first name starts with a C and rhymes with "yuck"! He bought an awesome 7wt Sage for me (that I'm paying him back for, by the way), but I have to pair it with a reel that's worthy for such a fine rod.
He is partial to Solitude. His rig with the Solitude is sublime! I really loved the drag and the balance of the rod with the reel. My only dillema is even though the Solitude is a great reel, there are so many great reels in that price range or even lower with the same lifetime warranty!
I'm seriously considering the Lamson "Guru". I really like the conical drag system of the Lamson series of reels. I've read nothing but great reviews on the Lamsons and the Guru is more than $75 less than the Solitude. Again, I'm not knocking the Solitude as it is a very fine reel. I just like the design and theory of the conical drag system of the Lamson.
So, whatcha think? I'd really like some recommendations from the great folks on this site before I pull the trigger on the Lamson.
Thanks for your input!