So long guys, it's been nice knowing you. :crying: I went into my local tackle shop today. (Problem #1) The owner said "I have something to show you" (Problem #2) "It's a CHROME ABU ROCKETT..... Here take a feel" (Problem #3) Well, I'm not going to even try & describe the way the reel feels. All I can say is that I used to be a hunting & fishing dep manager at a sporting goods store. I've never felt anything convential baitcaster this nice. What a steal for a mear $199.99! ---> Yes $200, but man, it seems worth it. You all will be proud of me... I did NOT buy the reel. Came close to having him sit it back for me though. They have the limited edition violet 6500's in. (Problem #4) I've been wanting one for a while. Again you'd be surprised at me, I didnt buy it. I will have one soon though. I did buy an Abu Garcia Big Game 10000 for $139.99 (Problem #5) Then I was at a cross road. I wanted to mount the 10000 on a Heavy (yes Heavy) action Quantum Big Cat rod, which is as close to a brookstick as you'll find. Then I noticied the pretty red & black rock w/ the new style foam handle (the kind that feels like a batting glove) in the corner. It was the same Fenwick Water Eagle Custom Rod that I had noticed a few weeks ago. These rods were part of a custom rod order the shop had come in. I picked it up & fell in love w/ it. So anyways.... the crossroad.... I couldnt thik decide between the two rods. (Problem #6) It was a toss up. Go w/ the Ole Faithfull Big Cat or the new sexy WaterEagle. I did what any responsible catfisherman would do..... I BOUGHT BOTH. -No Problem Here, My Wife Will Only Kill Me If She Finds Out $253 later, I am walking out of the shop. My wife was home & up as I came in the door from work. I tell her that there is something wrong w/ her Jeep (the one I drove today & that had the rods & reel in it!) so shed have to take mine to work. She bought the story. I am alive tonight, but I dont know how I cna hide these from her for very loing. She knows what rods & reels I have. My (NEXT PROBLEM, #7) problem is two fold. She will crap a brick if she sees my new stuff, but I also think she's going to fall in love w/ the new Fenwick, becasue it looks so hot & would match her red Abu 6000 & Red 7000. I think she will claim the new Fenwicj as hers. The only way I know to solve this issue is to go buy another Fenwick rod!