Well, today I finally ordered the new rod. I decided on a TFO Pro 8' 4wt from FlyShopCloseouts. $208.50, free shipping. Comes as a combo with a Redington 3/4 CD reel, I chose the moss finish. I contacted TFO to inquire about their warranty, and was assured that I was covered for ANY damage, just send the rod and $25, it would be repaired or replaced.
My only complaint is that it doesnt come with a rod tube, but i can order one for about $25.
Thanks everyone for your comments, advice, reviews, and opinions.