As such, you should check out the newly-launched rodmaker Rise Fishing Co. The company was created by Amanda Switzer and Steve Bechard (by way of disclosure, they are guide friends of mine). I had a chance to cast their rods last weekend at The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey. My impressions were indeed very positive. The "Level" saltwater models are crisp and responsive, but not so fast that "feel" is sacrificed (a common flaw of some saltwater rods, in my opinion), and the "IN-LINE" freshwater rods have medium-fast action that I think will translate to river versatility by way of roll casts, wind casts, etc., across a wide range of experience levels and casting styles. All models are built with IM-8 and IM-10 graphite, and have titanium carbide guides. They cost $230 (freshwater) and $250 (saltwater).