I have a couple of older Imperials (made in USA) and they're fine rods. The
new blanks are still SCII graphite, and probably aren't all that different than
the older Imperials. As long as a rod doesn't feel heavy, most of the rods
I've played with in the last 10 years are dandy. The exception has been some
of the really stiff rods that seemed better suited for 2 line weights heavier
You can get a 9' 4-pc 5wt Sage Launch for $170 right now, and shipping is
free: CLICK HERE
Don't worry about the rod being discontinued. If they don't have the spare
sections (and they will for a while), they'll give you a rod that's at least as
good as the Launch
. It's made in the USA, and I like the reel seat better
than the new Imperial....
A 5wt is not a heavy line, and will cast more easily in wind, with heavier
patterns, with less than perfect technique, etc.
: YO! They're giving $30 off purchases of $150 and more!