A friend got me into fishing this year, and I've seemed to pick it up quite well. However, I do notice that his rod doesn't bend quite as much as mine does when reeling in similar sized fish. As far as feel and casting distance, what are the advantages of a stiff rod over a less stiff one, and vice versa. Currently, I have a 6'0 medium action IM6 (I think) from Gander Mountain. I mainly do a lot of fishing for perch, walleye, white bass, crappie, some catfish, and a lot of river fishing for smallies, rockbass, etc. Do you have any suggestions as far as brand names? I'm looking to spend around $50. Any help is appreciated.