Have a look at what Shimano have on offer. They've got some cracking rods at reasonable prices. Look at the Nexave or Beast Master.
I have a beastmaster and like you only use it half a dozen times a yr. Cracking rod, used it for wrecking with braid and uptiding. Cost abot 50-60 quid. Only critisism is that I think it has too many eyes on the blank, but it works well and doesn't seem to really be a problem. exellent value for money.