I have a Diamondback (owned by Cortland) Backwater (their saltwater series designed for the fish found in the Everglades and East Coast stripers, etc., so it's a very fast rod, has plenty of backbone, and casts like a rocket). American made, too. It's a 3 piece 8 weight. These rods are particularly known for their ability to cast sinking lines. I have too many 8 weights, and I'll let this one go for $90 (yep, it even has the cordura covered factory tube).
Here is some info from the web:
Crafted for fishing in heavy freshwater for big bass and pike, and saltwater for fish like striper, blues and snook, the Diamondback Backwater™ Series gives you the backbone needed to set hooks in bony-mouthed fish and plenty of power to turn a hard fighter. Utilizing our DGS800 graphite and tip-over-butt ferrule system, we have designed these rods with with loads of reserve power, making them the perfect choice when throwing heavy shooting heads and sinking lines with large flies. Backwater rods feature our "clown nose" fighting butt, large oversize guides to allow line to shoot smoothly, and are built saltwater-safe with an all-aluminum anodized reel seat and an O-ring locknut system. GUIDES AND FINISH TRIM STRIPPING GUIDES:Hard chrome stainlesssteel with hialoy insertSNAKE GUIDES: Oversized, hard chrome stainless steelTIP TOP:Large loop PRIMARY GUIDE WRAP: BlackTRIM WRAP:WhiteWINDING CHECK: EPDM rubber
BLANK GRAPHITE:Intermediate modulus(42 milliom) DGS800SCRIM: Bi-directional fiberglassFERRULE:Tip-over-buttFINISH: Stealthalized matte ACTION: fast GRIP STYLE: Full wellsLENGTH: 7"GRADE:Flor REEL SEAT TYPE:Uplocking with O-ring locknut (Downlocking on 15')MATERIAL:6061T6 Aluminum(Graphite on 15')FINISH:Semi-matte black WOOD INSERT: NoneFIGHTING BUTT:1.5" Clown nose, 2" on 12 wt. (6" rear grip on 15')