St. Croix’s Imperial Series SC II Graphite Rods are some of the best rods for under $200 that I have seen in a while. They feature anodized-aluminum reel seats with walnut inserts in the lighter models and all-aluminum seats in the heavier rods to prevent the rear insert from swelling and cracking from salt water. There are two-piece models that range from 3- to 9-weight (these are from 7- to 9-feet long). And there are four-piece versions that start from an 8-foot, 4-weight and go up to a 9-foot, 8-weight. ($135 to $170, depending on the model; 800-826-7042)