Re: Long time fisherman first time fly
Go with what Steve has told you in the Echo setup. You cannot beat that deal and it will always be better to start with good equipment. It is easier to learn when you don't have to compensate for the equipment.
I agree that the five weight would be a good one but on the other hand since you do most of your fishing for bass, you probably do a lot of stillwater and the chances of a big one is good. Chances are you are probably throwing big bugs too. I would probably go with a six weight for these reasons. A six is still a good trout rod too.
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