Here is our pick for the best inexpensive fly rod.
The Fenwick Aetos has slammed the door on its competition now for several years as our favorite, affordable fly rod.
The color is a dark greyish blue with similar wraps. The handle is a conventional Western-style grip with some nice contrasting cork rings at the base. The reel seat is a black aluminum double uplocking seat with a blue graphite insert.
A SiC stripping guide is used along with black finished, small wire diameter snake guides that look very good to me. This rod has the same nice fast action and softer tip that we think makes a great foundation for a versatile performer.