I have been a huge fan of the Stradic for years, even back when they had the wooden handle, white frame and gold spool. I have at least every generation reel they have came out with in the last ten years, and now I have another one on my wishlist. The Stradic CI4!
"CI4 stands for Carbon Interfusion with the 4 referring to the number of electrons in the Carbon atom. Ultimately, this means CI4 is reinforced Carbon Fiber.
It is over one and a half times stronger than our normal XT-7 graphite and is over 20% lighter. Because it does not contain metal, it is impervious to rust.
So, as a result of its strength and weight, we can create an extremely lightweight reel with very precise tolerances."
You can see more about it here. This award winning reel retails for $199.99 and can be found at Cabelas.com.