For once I had a wonderful turn of luck. I swear, this never happens to me. As I mentioned yesterday I was planning on stopping by Black Fly to pick up an Okuma SLV 89 reel to go with my new fly rod. When I got to work I checked out the forums and lo and behold someone in Jax was selling a TFO rod with <drum roll> an Okuma SLV 89 reel!
Someone had already expressed interest but I said I’d be interested if it fell through. I tried (I swear I did!) to get the other guy to buy it. This is a rig very close to what I was quoted about $300 for listed for $110. The other guy wasn’t sure and I couldn’t pass up the deal so I bought the reel for $45 (retail $80). So now I have a complete rig and I’m ready to learn how to use it. Wish me luck!