Last year I bought a new rod/reel. I was able to ask others opoinions, looks up options online, and see it in person. I am now looking for a second reel and would like to see it spooled and cast it in person if possible. I live in the Chicago area and know there are many shows here over the winter that will feature these products. I have seen some models when fishing but would like to see as many as I can before buying. What have others done before buying a new product like a reel especially if spending $150-350. Thanks for the information.