So I have tested and broke a lot of rods throughout the years. "High End" rods have faired no better than "Low End" rods as far as breaking/falling apart, I can break them all. In fact right now I have GLX out for repair after the tip broke while fighting a fish and my Echo Carbon has broken on my 3 times now within moments of being used. In contrast I also have an early generation St. Croix that I've fished hard now for the last 20+ years that is still fishing strong (it landed over 60 fish last Tuesday). With that after that recent broken GLX and a broken Cabelas TLR (Which Cabelas replaced with no issues) I absent mindedly grabbed a rod from a bunch that I laid up in my garage during a recent inventory. I honestly thought it was one of my higher end rods and I stung it up with a floating line that I thought would match. Once on the water I started casting it and was very impressed with the performance as it easily turned over a 12' leader, indicator and double fly rig. In my mind I couldn't remember the rod casting as well as it was so I happened to look at it. It ended up being a Cabela's Cahill 5wt that I had picked up on sale for the Seattle Children's Camp I volunteer for. At the time the rod/reel/line combo was just over $40. Now it is $60 but I'm sure it will go on sale again. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fish...nknown;cat104793480;cat104721480;cat105571980 I have now experienced enough low end rods out performing high end rods that I will now have to seriously reconsider purchasing a higher end rod and or repairing one for $35-$50, when I can get the same effect for almost less money and a fairly decent warranty. Now This may change at any given moment, because I can be flighty that way.