The Cortland CTR 605596 had our testers singing such praises as 'best rod I ever cast,' 'great value and accurate casting' and 'two pieces but it handles like a one-piece.' Others found it slightly slow (soft) for their taste and thought that it could sell for $20 less. Interestingly, a one-piece version (No. 659728) designed by Gregg Throne, who reengineered many spin and casting models in this series, is now available. Although the one-piece wasn't ready for our test, a member of our team sampled it later and said he would give it the edge in performance.