Temple Fork's TiCr four-piece 8-weight ($209; 800/638-9052, www.templeforkflyrods.com) is designed by the legendary Lefty Kreh. It offers an excellent balance of stiffness and smoothness, with the firepower to punch through the wind and enough sensitivity to feel light takes. Tangling with brutes like jacks and snook, it holds its own in the fight. TiCr stands for titanium-chromium, the materials used to give this rod stiffness and strength while maintaining light weight and casting ability. I've played with $500 rods that don't perform as well.