Like Bean’s new entry, the moderately priced Cabela’s Sli Rod is easy to load, yet it has sufficient backbone for long-distance work. Zirconia stripper guides and titanium carbidecoated snake guides speed the line along. Light models feature nickel-silver reel seats, while the 8- to 10-weights have anodized aluminum seats to protect against salt water. There’s a 60-day trial period after purchase, plus a 25-year warranty if you keep the rod. ($250 to $320; 800-237-4444)