"These medium fast and progressive action rods are smooth casting and powerful, yet very forgiving—and are an incredible value. Lefty says they are the perfect rods for all anglers and skill levels. Traveling anglers can afford to take them as a backup, but often return with a new favorite."
- Temple Fork Outfitters website
After reading tons and tons of blogs, you eventually have to go out and spend money. I picked up this Temple Fork Outfitters rod online from Cabela's bargain cave for $100 + free shipping. A couple of friends have TFO rods and they love them. TFO is a Dallas based company whose rods are manufactured in South Korea, so that along means quality. Yes I am from South Korea, no I am not automatically biased..
I have used this rod for about 15 hours over the last two weeks and have caught a hair over 20 fish. The rod is medium fast, which makes it easy to transfer energy when you are "loading" the rod with line during your cast. TFO offers cheaper rods even, and others that are about three times more expensive. So pro or not you can find something that will make a good addition to your arsenal. A lifetime warranty, cork handle and affordable price point make this rod the best bang for the buck. Go get one!