This past weekend, while attending the grand opening of the new All About the Fly shop in Monroe, I had the opportunity to cast many (say, over 10!) TFO rods. I already own a few TFO rods (a 5 and 10 wt. TiCr, a 7 weight Professional, and a 5 weight Signature), and I am continually astounded at the bang-for-the buck. I also own Sage, Scott, Loomis, Redington, St. Croix, and Orvis rods, and in my opinion these TFO rods perform as well or better than many of the other more well-known names. I cast the new blue TiCr rod - wow! I own an XP and a GLX, and if I already didn't, I'd be buying that TiCr. It's less than 1/2 the cost of the other two! I have a standard 10 weight TiCr that is a great rod for Cabo (it has a butt bigger and stouter than my grandma's, which came in useful when I was cranking up skipjack tuna in Cabo last fall!). The Professional series, to me, is the sleeper. It's action kind of reminds me of my Sage RPL; not too fast, but still plenty fast enough for most folks, and it will zing a line. Again, it's 1/2 of the other comparable rods! I used my 7 weight out at Sekiu last year on saltwater coho, and it was a blast. Shoot, a quality, great casting, 4 piece (I think they are all 4 piece) rod made with quality components and sporting an unconditional lifetime warranty!?! I think these guys are serious about getting customers. And, that Signature series, for under $100! You have to be kidding me - what a great rod! For all of you guys who don't have to have a travel rod (the Signature only comes in 2 piece rods, I think), this rod is an incredible buy. My Sage and Loomis buddies will get on me about this, but I'd buy one of the TFO Signature rods before I bought a DS2, GL3, etc. And the Signature is much better casting instrument than the Sage LE. I own the 5 weight, 8'6" model (I actually prefer rods less than 9' in lighter line weights because of their balance and their crispness, but I digress . . .), and it's a beautiful all-around trout rod. Anyway, as many of the folks who read this forum have children who they need to outfit soon, or are on a budget and would love to have a high performance rod but can't justify the prices, I thought I'd share this with you. I know I'm going to buy more TFO sticks. I'm a beginning spey fisherman, and I think I'll be getting one. If for some reason I don't get too fired up about spey fishing or don't use the rod much, at $299 retail, I won't feel so badly about not using it. It makes it a lot easier to convince my wife that I need to purchase it, too. Soory about the diatribe. I'm a frugal guy, and I just get way fired up about great products at great prices!