Re: Newbie curious about your thoughts on a beginner outfit
Here are my $.02:
Both seem like good starter outfits. I've heard good things about the TFOs and the Cabelas seem to have good user reviews, so I think your good with either, but...The TFO is a 4 piece, which might make traveling with it easier (if this is an issue), you might be able to use the $10 discount from the full creel, if you haven't already, plus they have a great "try it out" policy (from what I understand). I love hunting for bass on my fly rod and a 6/7 weight is my all purpose rod, which I find just fine for small trout as well, even on small brooks. I use an 8.5 footer though, but now that I have a few years into fly fishing, I feel fairly accomplished with a larger rod on small waters. I do have a 2 weight for brooks as well, but half the time, I want to explore different waters in one day, so I end up grabbing my 6/7 weight. It was a great starter rod for me, and I still use it often, but I'm one of these "master your weapon" guys over "I need to have the best weapon" people. You do seem to get some extra goodies with the Cabela's set-up, but I think the 4 piece vs 2 piece is something to consider. I actually bike around with my fly rod sometimes, so my small 4 piece tube is much easier to carry than my 2 piece tube. I guess, if it were me, from what I've heard of TFO rods, I might go in that direction, but in the end, the best thing to do is cast the rods and compare them if you can, although as a beginner, it may take a bit to know what you like anyway. The extras from Cabelas are nice, and you will need some of those things, but for me, now that I have had a few years in, I would go 4 piece over 2 piece, just to make moving around a bit easier.