I was just talking to my cousin in Washington about what rod to get for under $150. The trend lately with big manufacturer's has been inexpensive, but great rods. Every company is following the trend and it is really hard to narrow it down to just one. My first thought was the Lamiglas Excel rod, which I have a few of. These rods are a great way to go Bassin' on a Budget. They are start at just $99 and are a great buy all around, they are sensitive, fairly light, and look great. I know...it's funny how the looks of fishing rods have become important all the sudden.
Another option would be the Skeet Reese rods made by Wright & McGill. I am still waiting on these rods to make my final decision. I have talked to guys who love them and some who hate them...plus they are very yellow.
The list of potential rods had my head spinning. The St. Croix Mojo is a great rod, so is the Temple Fork Gary Loomis rod. The same could be said for the Falcon BuCoo and the Abu Vendetta (which you could almost by two and stay under $150).
I was really unsure about which one to get, but I think the Lamiglas Excel will win my vote just because I have used it and know it performs. In my opinion, the rods in this price range are not as good as my higher end Shimano, Loomis and Kistler's...but they are great rods and perform well. The lower costs means you can get a few at the same price, or buy a rod and reel for the same price tag. If you are on a budget, take advantage of the trend and check out these rods.