Originally Posted by baldmountain
It's easy to see why he is your ex. The bastard!
Don't get too caught up on the most expensive gear. Unless you are a fly fishing demi-god, it is unlikely that you will be able to tell the difference between a T&T and a TFO other than the fittings on the T&T will be nicer.
The TFO rods others have suggested are good. (The TFO I own is my main fishing rod.) StCroix, Echo and even Orvis all have excellent value rods for not a lot of money. You may also want to go to your local shop and see what they have for last year's models. You can pick up some great deals on left over rods.
Of course that is only one reason he is my X!