I posted this under another thread but thought it was worth mentioning to everyone. www.sierratradingpost.com has Lamson Velocity reels on sale for $149. They also have a Powell Advantage rod for $99. I have the Lamson reels and they are among my favorites. Very nice reels with a strong drag. My buddy got one of the Powell Advantage rods and used it on our recent float of the Goodnews. I cast with it some and it is a VERY nice rod. Black, 4 piece, hard case, and lifetime warranty. These are some good deals and I thought I would pass it on in case anyone is in the market.