Ard is right. Very few times has anyone asked to see my rod/reel. If it's a 50 dollar rod and works well for you, then it's priceless. I personally don't buy high end stuff coz that's how I am. My switch is an 11 foot 5/6 Wild River(107.00) and the reel is an Okuma Integrity A (45 bucks). Works well for me. I'm satisfied. That's what counts.