Re: advice to a beginner please.....
For the fish that you noted my advice would be a 9' 4wt outfit. This
rod is on the lighter side, but would do well for small trout & panfish.
( You would be throwing smaller sized flies for those fish & this weight
works very well. I happen to own a 9' 4wt Sage FLi which I use for the
exact same fish, but it is higher in $$$. )
There are many on the market that would fit within the price range
you specified. You could check with your local fly shop, Cabelas or
Bass Pro on-line/catalog. (check also with The Full Creel who runs
this site )
If you are just wanting to try Flyfishing beginners may also want to
try going with a friend who is into the sport. Going out & trying it may
help you decide before you drop some coin on an outfit.
If you are like many of us once you try it you'll love it a we do.
Tie One On-------------------<*))))))><
Fisher of Men