Dru -

I don't know that this is current information, but when I bought my TenkaraUSA rods a couple years ago, they had a "90 day return" policy with no questions asked. You might want to check this feature on their current website. If it still is in force, you don't have to be so concerned about buying a rod you will end up not liking. Just send it back and order a different model, with whatever price adjustment would be in order.