I have two Fenwick Aetos in 5wt and 8wt and really like them. Broke the tip on one of them and they had me a new one in a week. Great rod.
Im a huge fan of the echo boost salt and personally like the way they cast...but with that said i picked up a couple TFO tfr rodsand other than slowing down your casting stroke a little there really pretty indestructible...just my 2 centsI have not bought a new rod for a while. At the ripe old age of 45 i feel like i am still in the mind of the sage xi3 and loomis cc glx as the standards. I fished those rods in 7wt -12wt... and they all just work casting from 30' to 80'. I can try and track these down used in questionable condition for maybe $350... or do any of the new "mid priced rods " compare?
I also fish the ECHO EPR rods which i love for power... but the tip breaks real easy and i am getting tired of buying replacements.
So i guess the question is do any of the $350ish modern mid priced salt rods compare to the top end rods from 10 years ago?
Some i were wondering about
TFO axiom 2x ( i did not like the axiom 2 in 7wt and sold it)
TFO BVK still a contender? does it break still?
New Fenwick salt
New Orvis recon ( i loved the older recon... i have been scouting ebay for a deal)
curious on your thoughts