Okay now you've done it...LOL Bare with me one more minute.
Winston has never really had an entry level rod, but, now through the money saving advantages to over seas, they do. This is a good marketing move.
I have nothing against Asian made. TFO, and Allen's are both outstanding proof...also Redington.
But Orvis Clearwater WAS American made for the same price it's Asian name sake is.
They offer their $700+ line in a $400+ package USA made with just putting cheaper, slightly heavier hardware on them, which says to me, they can make it for less right here.
I agree, we have put ourselves in the position to rely on foreign made product, and such is life, I just say, if you are going to Asia to save money having it made, reflect that to the USA consumer...we aren't blind and we see this. Outcast did the same thing.
Okay off my soap box, but I had to get that off my chest and this was as good of spot as any....SORRY, back to regularly scheduled NEW ROD.
Some things are better left alone, Even though, some feel they know better.