This thread brings up my past conversation with my dad. He travels to Alaska, parked in Homer for Halibut and salmon fishing. He camps out with his RV. He told me this story.... He walked to the Russian river looking for an open spot for him to fish... he mentioned that many of fishermen/women use expensive fishing rods. His was from Walmart... He found a spot and asked the fisherman on his right where he is from... Alaska was the relpy... again he asked the one on his left... same question with same answer. He said that he is from N.C. He got in the water with his "cheap" rod and caught one, then in a short time later, caught another one. 10 minutes later he caught his limit of salmon. He said bye to both fishermen who did not catch anything with expensive rods. No sound.... from both men I laughed so hard... I have rods from WM as well. My dad never felt like a 2nd class citizen with cheap rods.