Originally Posted by MikeG
I never met a beginner with a Z-axis Sage.
I know of only one.
And he bought an Abel reel to go with it.
Jaybug, I doubt if you're going to find a decent NEW rod for $60. I'd say for $120 you can. The problem I see with a cheap rod is the learning curve. A better built rod will cast easier, and make fishing more pleasureable.I think you'll find rods that cost twice as much ($120) are 4 times better a rod.
If I was starting out, I'd check on ebay for a rod, or on For Sale sections of websites like this one..
Face it. Fly fishing is an expensive sport/addiction/habit.