Looking to upgrade from a Dogwood Canyon 8'6'' #5 need advice
Hello, I am looking to upgrade from a Dogwood Canyon 8'6'' #5. I have had this fly rod for a number of years now and like it very much, but I have been wondering lately if I would enjoy a "better" rod. My problem is that the dogwood is really the only fly rod I have ever used and don't really have any experience with other rods, therefor, I am not particularly sure what I should be looking for in a upgrade rod. I've been mostly using the fly rod to fish stocker trout in the interior highlands(Ozarks and Ouachita mountains), but also really like fishing panfish with small poppers.
I am also willing to spend around $300 for a new rod.
So, if anyone can point me in the right direction and any advice in to what to be on the look out for, i would be highly appreciative.