I agree with flatfish. The Abu 5500 is the best reel you can buy for that amount of $$. If you want to go a little higher quality, think about the Calcutta. This is the reel!!! However, I own both and the 5500 series is just fine.
As with the previous post, spoil yourself and get the Curado if your budget allows. It's sleek and designed to be as badass as any traditional knuckle buster out there ( only much easier to use ). And the new non-mono lines compensate for any issues concerning spool capacity. I have a 4500, 5500 and 6500 and the Shimano can pinch hit for any of these reels on any given day.
I've got two of the model that is a step down from this reel. Pretty bombproof. Outcasts all of my 4501's, 4601's, and 5501. Think this one is a steal at that price, but I need new raingear for my trip to Fairbanks.
I don't own a Nitryx, but I do have an Okuma Epixor spinning reel (10 ball bearings) and a Titus leverdrag reel. Both are high-quality reels at a very reasonable price. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Okuma.
I took a look at Okuma's new baitcasters called Nitryx and from outward appearance they look like a well made reel. They run about $80 and have two sizes with both being RH crank :depressed: . Has anyone acutally bought one of these reels? What do you think of them?