Worth considering is this combo from Bass Pro Shops:
White River Fly Shop Hobbs Creek Large Arbor Fly Reel and Rod Outfits
On a related note, I have a Courtland combo set (one of their more high end sets at ~$250 retail) which, in my opinion, is a brick. It's the "nieces & nephews" rod & reel and I never realized how heavy it was until I tried to teach one of the younger nephews--I really don't know how he managed to hold it off the ground, much less cast with it. I don't know if other Courtland rods are equally as heavy, but it is a factor you should monitor as you are shopping the alternatives.