Check out Ross reels first. Had an Orvis, went back to my Ross. Been fishing my whole life and that one reel has been with since I learned and even with a 'better' reel available, it still feels more precise. As rods go, Orvis cannot really be beat unless you start playing in the field of bamboo.

I think they hype over precision tools isn't necessarily overstated. If it gives you the confidence (whether or not it actually effects skill or accuracy), the confidence will help you achieve higher results regardless. That's my feel.