Not to long ago I decided I needed a new rod for tossing streamers and fighting carp and stripers, so I went with a fairly inexpensive 9 foot eight weight sold be Cabelas. It just came today, and I have to say my expectations were exceeded. From a few brief casts in the yard and a thorough examination it looks like a good rod for the price.
I may need this sooner than carp season though, a possible trip to Pulaski is in the works. Nothing is set in stone yet.