Re: what are your priorities when buying a rod?
Do you find fly rods generally too expensive?
Yes, But I still try to buy the best I can afford.
Is location of the manufacturer important to you?
Not really, But made in the USA means a lot to me.
Would you try a new brand of rod, and if so, what would compel you to try a new brand?
Certainly, If it is made of newer materials or technologies.
Would you purchase a rod online?
Sure, but only if there is positive conversation or comments for it. Like what you might read in this forum.
What is your number one complaint about fly rods in your experience?
The expense, it bothers me not knowing what it will "feel" like on the water before I buy it.
There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.