I just wanted to post a note to say I am very happy with my new Excel Rods. I have purchased 15 rods to replace my entire arsenal of St. Croix and All Star rods and could not be happier. The performance and feel is far superior to what I have been using, and at the price point it is a real deal. If I had one hope/suggestion, I would like to see a6 and 6.5 Ft offering in a 3 and 4 power casting. There are times when close quarters make it a little easier to with the shorter rod. All and all, these are great, and I am making the adjustment to the 7 and 7.3 lengths.