that is very interesting.I think quite a few are missing the point. Top of the range match rods are generally 13ft and have around 16 lined rings. The blank is made from the same materials as the best fly rods, the fittings probably cost as much or more, there is more whipping, more material yet a fly rod with half the materials can cost double the price.
A top match angler will demand exactly the same characteristics in a rod as a top class fly angler.
Conversely a top class match pole will coat £2K + and you can spend another £1K on spares.
It does boil down to supply and demand however there are some rods out there at a reasonable price that are absolute gems. If you did a blind test some anglers would be shocked by the findings.
Better materials, quality of carbon and expensive fitting don't always make a better rod.
When we developed the Shakespeare Mach 3 Micro Pellet Waggler rod, most people who tried the prototype thought it would sell at around £150 as it was superior in every way to the rods available from the competition at the time. They initially sold for around £80 discounted and dropped further in price after a year. It's one of the best rods I've ever used in any form of fishing and even today, 8 or 9 years later it still puts a grin on my face every time I use it.
i acquired a Mach 3 pellet waggler rod a few years ago and it cost me £60. I actually ended up with two, but that is another story.
I also feel it is one of the best fishing rods of any description that I have ever used. It does its job particularly well. I keep telling coarse fishing acquaintances to buy one.
it is only the second Shakespeare rod I have ever owned. The other - a Superteam Quattro light feeder rod is still in use today (Probably bought circa 2000) and has landed numbers of 2lb roach. Another lovely rod. But it was expensive - about £90 I recall !