I don't spend a lot of money on reels with one exception; I went nuts a while back and bought a Lamson.
The collection at my house right now is
3 Martin 61's all < $10
no name graphite $10
Martin mountain brook 5/6 $30
2 Cortland rimflys $30 -$35 each
Pflueger Medalist $30
LL Bean ??? $30
Okuma Cascade $30
Lamson - I'm not sayin
All have caught some good sided fish. anything from a 5# brown trout on a 3 wt w/ 2# tippet with the rimfly to a 5# LMB on the Martin 61, to the red in the shore stalker pic on the Martin mountain brook.
Expensive reels are over rated UNLESS you target something that makes lightning fast long runs.
My $.02 only