Avoid Gander Mt. Rods. I had a 10 ft IM7 Guide Series and it broke while trying to get a snag out. 1 of 2 other guys I know of had his break too. When I took my rod back the cashier told me not to buy them anymore. Her husband bought 2 and they both broke. She said they have a very high return rate. Some guys said she should have been fired. As a customer, I appreciate the honesty. They use cheap inconsistent graphite. You may grab one that is fine, while the one next to it is bad. I had a 10 ft. Shimano Convergence and it broke on a snag too. On the other hand, I have a 6 ft. Convergence Ultralight that has taken some heavy stress and held right up. The only time you should worry about your rod breaking, as long as it is used within it's rating, is if you bring it back over your head or more than 90 degrees or if you bang it around on stuff. IMO you are better off sqeezing out the extra bucks for a rod that will serve you, trouble free, for many years and not ruin a trip. ST. Croix Wild Rivers are less than $150.00, and are tough and sensitive.