My youngest son's tournament partner was unable to fish a small local club tournament on the Gasconade River so he asked if I wanted to tag along. He had just gotten several Alpha Angler rods that he was using and seemed very impressed with them. I picked up one of the jig rods (Zilla) and was amazed at how much lighter it was then my Loomis IMX. Long story short, my rods stayed in the box all day as I fished a couple of his. At the end of the day, I was a believer. I contacted them that next Monday and bought a Pro-Pak, If anyone is in the market for a very nice rod for the money, take a look at them. I have used the Zilla/Clutch/Drop Shot Rod/Wrench/Rebound. Nice rods made in the USA. It is still too early to tell how they will hold up, but for the short time I have fished them, they are a true bargain.