OKbow,,,don't get me started on package care by shippers,,I'll go rabid. NO DOUBT I've had some of the worst luck. Books damaged, guns in CRATES damaged once even. Had an FFL way back when,,,dealt with UPS about every day,,,I SAW first hand how they treat cargo.
If it was practical, I'd just drive were ever what I was desiring to buy was at, buy it, and drive it home myself.
And 'shipping insurance' ????????????? What the HELL Is that,,,do they let a smarter gorilla load the goods ? Oh yea,,,you dont always collect that 'insurance' either. I wont go into how I know,,I'll not sleep the rest of September.
That CT is kick butt,,,proof positive a wonderful rod doesn't always have to cost a mint. You moved wise and will have a blast with that stick.