Re: Introductory Rod for a beginner..
One rod I forgot to mention that is getting great reviews is the Redington CT (Classic Trout). Since Redington was bought by Sage their rods gone up a notch it feel and quality. This is because Sage has been sharing manufacturing techniques with their little sister company. Many also believe that newer Redingtons are now merely proven Sage designs manufactured overseas with the Redington name. No matter what the true story is you can get a 8ft 4wt Classic Trout shipped to your door for $150 that will do everything you described in your first post and then some.