I agree with Bob on this Sage. I cast most of the Response line before they came out and had the opposite reaction to what some of the reviewers said above. I would happily fish with one of these, and especially liked the 8 wt. I do have at least one size of all of Sages more (most) expensive models, and yes, I can get more out of them, but frankly, it's not that often I need the extra performance. And you do have to spend a hunk to really feel the difference. However, the entry level rods out perform anything you could buy at any price when I started, and these new Response rods seem designed to secure product royalty so when a customer can afford top shelf, he/she is a loyal fan. I thought the price point was very good, but my reference price is probably warped. And Sage rods are made right here in Washington by Washingtonians. Buy local.