I just got my AS106M (bought on Ebay) and I am really pleased with its looks and feel.
The research I did on the rod brought up a few interesting questions:
Some people mentioned Rock Creek was an excelent rod. Others wanted to make it clear it was not a real Lamiglas rod and the components and graphite quality were inferior to anything coming out of the States.
The rod at $125 was also considered cheap.
There are basically two main problems that can come up with a rod - it can snap or its guides can develop grooves. The first will likely occur within the first year and the second, looking at the nice guides, is not very likely to happen at all. So my first question is, is graphite expected to age?
If not, what would make my cheap $125 any worse than a $350 rod when I am already happy with its weight , design etc?
There are a few things to mention......I know some people may be unhappy with production being outsourced to China and jobs being lost, so they may want to taint the image of any China made product. On the other hand a company may want to be able to sell a rod at $400 if someone can afford it but also sell $125 rods to the rest of us and those 125 rods do not need to be any worse - they take the same amount of material, the same process steps, cheaper labour (which is why they should be cheaper) and after all it is just a fishing rod.
Look at the electronics coming from Asia - more complicated product, hundreds of components and..lower prices.
How much do you think a good quality rod should cost ?????