Re: Scott A2 and St. Croix Avid and legend Ultra info ?
I have a St Croix Avid 8' 4 wt that is a dream to cast. A nice medium to medium fast action. I don't know much about the Scott A2 - don't know what kind of action it has...but I do know that the Avid is less expensive and if you are just starting out a medium to medium fast would be easier to learn to cast.... I also have a 9' St Croix Ultra with a fast action that I use on big waters in Wyoming and Idaho...but I gotta tell you the Avid is much more fun to fish with. By the way, my Avid throws a DT4F or WF5F equally well.
As for a reel - buy the best one you can afford, that way you won't out grow it too soon. You can get the Orvis Battenkill Barstock III for around $100...that is what I have on my Avid....look on ebay...sometimes you can get some good deals on G Loomis, Orvis, Ross etc.. I would suggest machined reels versus cast though.