Started this conversation in a previous thread (different) and thought it to be appropriate to put it into a thread of it's own since there were many strong opinions about the subject. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for in a fly rod. I have come to believe this through working in the fly fishing industry for the past decade... from my first job up to this point. The simple fact is that higher quality materials being assembled by higher quality craftsmen will perform better than lower quality materials being assembled in bulk factories overseas. I made a couple statements on the last thread that people didn't like (or probably just didn't understand)... so here goes. First... I will stand by the statement that you will break 10 lower priced rods to every one higher priced rod. Why? Because I have sent back 10 times as many lower priced rods for warranty repair than higher priced rods. It was mentioned after I said this that IM6 graphite is more durable than higher modulus graphite. This is true and if every component put onto the rod were exactly the same and the rod was put together by a well trained craftsperson, I would have to retract my statement. Lower priced rods are built with worse components and assembled as quickly as possible. Any time a blank is nicked there is a possibility of breakage. People moving as quickly as they can to put together a rod are prone to nicking the blank, wrapping a guide incorrectly, or any number of mistakes that could cause a rod to break. This is partly why lower priced rods will break more often. Another part would be that people don't take care of their lower priced rods as well as their high end stuff, so it's not all on the manufacturers side. This ratio of 10 to 1 has been true for a long time in several different shops that I have worked for. Second.... I hesitate to do this again, but let's see how big this fire gets after I rekindle it. If all rods were the same price, which would you buy? Lesser priced rods would cease to exist. Manufacturers specializing in bargain rods know this, that's why they cost less. If Temple Fork, Echo, Beulah, etc. could fetch $650 per rod... they would charge that. These companies make good rods for great prices, they are not competing with Sage, Winston, T&T or other Higher priced rods. There is nothing wrong with loving your lesser priced rod, just don't tell me that you get the exact same quality for less money.