Yesterday someone sent me a link to a fly rod review concentrating on the 8wt line of fly rods. Since 8 wt rod for us here in Florida is pretty much the best all around rod to have for saltwater fishing, I found the results quite interesting.
The guys at Yellowsone Angler are not only credible but did a pretty thorough job in their reviews. They took 13 rods and gave it a good run down from price, weight, speed and performance.
It was not surprising to see that some of really highly rated rods did not have to cost $600 to $800. As a mater of fact a sub $300 rods beat many of the expensive rods in both weight and overall performance.
Here is the chart of the results and you can get more details on their website.