Re: Need Advice
The Vantage and the BVK rods have two different personalities to them.
The Vantage will have a flexier feel than the BVK. I am not saying that the rod is a noodle. This flexy feel will be more forgiving on the cast. As a rookie fly fisher, that may not be a bad thing. Also the flexy feel will allow you to absorb more shock from a fish that has sudden changes in speed and direction.
The BVK will have a stiffer feel than the Vantage. Since casts will be thrown more off the tip, your casts should have tighter loops as long as your mechanics are sound. By having tighter loops, you can cast much more efficiently into the wind. With a stiffer butt section, you should be able to set hooks with much more authority. Also you can horse a fish around more.
Choose a rod that matches your personality.
As for reels, there are a lot of good ones. What kind of budget do you have? If that Galvan T-6 hasn't sold, you may want to consider it. The very popular Lamson Konic is getting a face lift for 2013, so you can find the 2012 models on sale.