Here's an interesting take on rod purchasing criteria. I particularly like the part where he mentions what he thinks about people who buy a rod because of the pretty colour, which echo's my sentiments exactly, although I wouldn't say it quite so openly on public forum. Its a little "Americanised" to apply directly to the Cape streams, or the Orange river and a few other local fisheries, but generally, he's got a good take on it, besides, its a fun read.