Re: Rod Prices
You definatley get what you pay for. There are some awsome rods out there that cost anywhere from $100 to $1000. Brands like Sage and Winston are expensive, but well worth it. I really love my Sage rod. I had to reach a little deeper in my pocket, but I use it more and take care of it better because it's more expensive.
But if you're just starting out, I'd go with Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO's) they are awsome to cast, very affordable and just awsome rods. The TFO NXT's come with everying but flies and tippet so you can get going right away. When I priced them I think they were $175, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
Anways, good luck and have fun.
“Fishing for me, as funny as it sounds, is sorta my brand of praying almost. I’m never closer to my spirituality than when I’m in the act of fishing.” - JT Van Zandt