Hey all, I need to pruchase a fly rod for hiking / backpacking/ fishing trips. I have a very old split bamboo rod that I had referbished in the 70's. I actually still fish with it from time to time and it has a sweet action. However, I don't feel like I want to use this rod for fishing on mountain treks for fear of damage or destruction. It is has been in the family for over 120 years and it has sentimental value to me. My old Berkly fiberglass rod has gone the way of the dinasaurs.(damaged beyond use) I've been looking at compostie / carbon fiber rods but can't decide.

That being said; What features or attributes of rods should I be looking for in whats available these days for high altitude lake and stream fishing?

Of course I would want something with good action. Price range I would be willing to spend would be no more than around $500.00 or so.