I find myself being too simplistic at times, but I find rods to be like everything else. Multiple variations and niches that add or subtract to the price. I own a TFO, have fished a Sage, Orvis, GL Loomis, and a Bass Pro. They all casted the fly where I wanted and were able to retrieve the fish.
To me a good rod is a simple as
1. Can I use it
2. Do I enjoy it
With that being said give me a stick, some line and a fly and I will still have a good time.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979