I use a couple Gander GSX ELITE 40-ton in Medium for my blade rods. Got em on sale for $75 each. Things freekin rock for their purpose.
St. Croix Premier ML 7' paired with a Shimano Sahara 3000. Total=$200.Alright, budget went up to 200 or less, LOL. Wife is feeling generous. List has changed
Powell Inferno, Max 3D
St Croix Premier, Avid
ALX Shake, Trickster, Maestro