Re: mid priced 5 wts.
Is their any particular reason you want to limit your search to a two piece? We came out with a whole new line of Rods (three different series) and offered them all in four piece. At your price point (300$ and under) you should have no problem finding a good four piece and the travel advantages, especially with todays airline regs are huge. I would definitely add the Four piece Brook or Big Sky series from Cortland to your list of rods to check out. The Brook just got an excellent review in Fly Fish America and Fly rod and Reel. I regularly carry a bad full of Hardy Rods (400-1000$ rods) as part of my samples, but lately when I reach for a rod to fish with it's the Brook on Small streams and the Big sky on Big waters. And I'm finding them to be very satisfying, responsive rods.
MW Cortland Rep