The Avid has a much nicer finish than the Launch, and it performs well in
the trout sizes. I had a 9' 5wt Avid, and would have preferred the 8' 6", but
I prefer 8' 6" rods in general. St. Croix mails a nice decal after they receive
your registration, and Sage does nothing to confirm receipt
I've actually played with an Avid 7'9" 3wt, and it's a nice rod. The dealer we
went to had them knocked down 33% (trying to move out of the "high-end"
ff'ing biz), and I almost bought it a couple of times. It's very much like quick
bamboo*, and as I'm typing this, I may have just decided to grab that last
*Flexes deep, but with quick recovery and little bounce.