The Orvis Clearwater fly rod is quite a stick for $198.00! We held a 5 wt rod shootout last summer and many local anglers were shocked at the high performance of the Orvis Clearwater. Many comments came in about the amazing performance of the Clearwater as compared to much more expensive rods. If you are looking to get started in fly fishing, this is your rod for several reasons. First the price is incredibly low for the quality. The rod is handsome and well built. It comes with an unconditional 25 year warranty. Since the shootout, we have sold piles of these rods. It is a great rod in any weight an dis perfect for a back fly rod if you are traveling to a destination where rods are not readily available. The Clearwater rod is smooth, accurate and powerful. It comes with a nice cordura case and is built as a 4 pc rod so it travels easy or is great for backcountry trips. You also have the Orvis company behind you when you buy this rod. They have legendary customer service.