The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.
I have seen the Wright & McGill Dragon. Looks really nice for that price, but looks aint everything. As for it's performance, I have no clue.
Okuma has proven to be a good quality reel. And for $100 budget, you'll do fine with an Okuma.
I can't say personally about what the others say about LL Bean products, but from what I have heard, Martin and Lee are saying what others are saying. I have not heard one bad opinion about LL Bean. And I have heard a lot.
It'll work, but I'd rather just spend the extra 10-15 bucks and get the Penn Battle.
I trust Lee's judgment and were I in the market for a reel, I'd take a good look at the LL Bean products.
A closed face reel could solve your problem I have Daiwa BG Spinning Reels
Matt, that's an unusually kind response to a clueless comment.
I spent a lot of hours trying different cheap fly reels and my personal best is MAXIMUMCATCH Maxcatch ECO. it is perfect for beginner anglers and price is very good compared to the quality.
As for Okuma it is also very good choice for novice
Im just gonna ahead and be blunt here, yea a flyreel is basically a line holder,