Last year I did the same thing. After lots of study of different brands, I bought a Lefty Kreh TFO trout rod. I bought this because it is great quality for a cheaper price and GUARANTEED FOR LIFE! Many other brands have some warranty or no warranty, and for the cost of these rods, I wanted a good warranty. The TFO warranty is so good, that you can run over it with the truck and they will replace or fix the rod. TFO, unfortunately, are made in North Korea, but that's the only way to get a rod for cheaper. I have used it for a year and love it, also knowing that if I break it, they will fix it!