Fishermen looking for an entry-level rod at a reasonable price don't have to look any further than Temple Fork Outfitters' new Axiom series. The new rods, which were designed by Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski, are made with a proprietary process in which Kevlar is sandwiched between two layers of carbon-fiber pre-preg to reduce reverberation during the cast. The result is an ultra-high line speed with crisp, clean, accurate loops. They're perfect for the salt, where big casts in heavy wind are the norm. Rods are available from 5 to 10 weight. The blanks are finished in a rich, translucent blue trimmed with gold script and accents; Flor-grade cork; a gun-metal-blue, up-locking reel seat; and large stripping guides with gold titanium-oxide inserts. All TFO rods feature a lifetime unconditional warranty for $25, covering shipping and handling. From $249.95 to $274.95; www.templeforkflyrods.com.