I have a great number of rods Sage,Orvis,LL bean and of course I love my C T Redingtons for little rivers! I just got back from Tierra Del Fuego and took my CPX and I purchased this Path stick as a back up to my C PX and XP, and I really enjoyed this rod overall. As my 75 year old friend who's been fly fishing for over 50 years said " sometimes your less costly sticks cast better than the ones that look beautiful and cost a hell of a lot more"!!!!!! I paid $800.00 for my Sage Cerca, and it casts extremely well and is a a fantastic stick and yet, my CT Redington is enjoyable also. Redington has quality at a bargain price for hardworking "JOES".