Re: New #5 rod - recomendations?
Welcome to the forum, Zelly.
An issue with the brands that you have listed (Guideline, Zpey) is that they have limited or no distribution here in the North America. Many of the readers have not heard of these brands.
In North America, Sage, Scott, Winston, Hardy, Orvis, and G Loomis are the most mentioned brands for premium rods. TFO and Redington are known for quality price pointed rods.
The guys have already mentioned the "shootout," so I'll end this post here.