The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.
The object of my dreams when I was 24 years old was a Hardy LRH. To me it was the most desirable thing on the planet. I had to save my extra money for a little over a month before I could buy it. It cost $25.00 with the red leatherette zipper case, the extra spool cost $7.00. I still have two LRH's. two x-spools for them, two Princesses with x-spools, a Featherweight with x-spool, plus a few other Hardy's about the size of the LRH but with no adjustable drag, an unventilated spool, and rope knurl around the circu mference of both sides of the frame.
Now I've been told an LRH is $225 and made off-shore and the Princess is not being manufactured any longer.
If any forum guys are looking for nice reels you should be looking at Ebay often. I bid on an Abel Creek 2 in gloss black back in October and won the auction on a once used $320 reel for $175. I just won another auction on a $299 Lamson Litespeed 2 with the Guide Model finish for $155. It might have been used but I'm fussy and can't see even the slighest scratch, or nick, or any wear on the gloss gray with blue highlight finish.