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There are quite a few very nice rods that are priced between $250.00 and $400.00 US that you should take a look at before you make a purchase of a 2-hander. The CND Expert and Custom Series rods, Temple Fork, St Croix, Lamiglas, Heritage, and Loop Black and Yeloow Series rods should all be looked at and considered before your purchase.

Juro gave very solid and honest in his "penny wise and pound foolish" comment. You need to consider the type of rod action you like, whether it be slow, fast, or somewhere in between; the size of the rivers you will be fishing; the size flies you are going to be using; and both the average and mazimum size fish you will be catching in order to make an informed and wise decision one getting a rod.

If you are planning on having just one rod to handle all your needs, a 14ft 9 wt would be the best choice. It is to the 2-hand world what the 9 ft 5 or 6 wt is to the trout world. A rod that will cast small flies and large flies and handle nearly any fish you might encounter. The Diamondback you are considering, is only 12'6" long, which is on the short side of 2-handers, somewhat like using a 7' rod for trout. And the Diamondback rods I have cast have all been fairly slow action rods without a lot of power in the butt. The CND Experts, although sold at a very reasonable (some would say low) price point, have a very nice progressive action that has power in the butt for fighting fish and casting long if need be.
 
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