Re: Looking to upgrade from a Dogwood Canyon 8'6'' #5 need advice
I bet you would. I used to work at BPS and would try to steer folks away from those because they were so heavy and floppy. Hopefully yours is better than the dogs I occasionally sold.
Some options are Echo's $99 Solo or $149 Carbon rods- fairly light and powerful
Redington's $149 CT series- more moderate action, VERY fishy
TFO's BVK rods at $229- very light, very crisp, plenty of power