Re: Favorite less expensive rods / reels?
At least for Reels (never tried the other stuff) flyfishing benefactories is great. I bought the Metolious in a 3-4 for my 2wt (midwest customs - love it!!!) and it's great. It feels really solid in hand. drag engages nicely, silent retrieve, it's just a great product all around. Fit and finish is great too.
Best part, I ordered it, they let me know due to the shows it may be a little delayed in arriving (they let me know this the day I ordered it)... I figured it would be a few weeks. nope, it showed up 2 days later!