Rebekah. What do you plan do be doing mostly? Boat surf bait lures?
This is a personal choice.
After using everything under the sun myself and budget is a large consideration, - Personally I would settle on the shimano baitrunner reel.
This can be used in almost all situations boat - small surf - lures - beach - bait. Handles braid just fine. The 6500 model is heavy for plugs but will stand up to weight and bait and big fish. The 4500 model is lighter and better for lures - can double for boat duty and bait.
It must be rinsed and serviced if used often.
But what reel doesnt.
My favorite ( budget) reels and my first reels are the Penn Z series reels. They hold fireline braid Ok but excell with mono. Production was discontinued in 2006. Hard to find but can be gotten still from Fleabay.
Again the shimano baitrunner is a good choice at ~ $120 - $140 new in box.
Originally Posted by Rebekah
specific eyes for use with the braid
Find a rod that uses fugi alconite guides. These handle braid just fine.