Re: beginner / intermediate fly rod & reel suggestions
I have been fishing the TFO Nxt combo in a 9' 5/6 weight, and it's very highly regarded. The reel isn't outstanding, but for small water, is more than adequate. When I was at the fly show last year, the TFO guys claimed that the rod blank for the NXT is the same as what they use for the BVK, but with lower spec guides, seats and handle. I added in a decent line after my first outing, but I expect that I'll have this rod around for a while.
The combo comes in a 4/5 weight as well (I'm not sure what they actually mean when they split the weights like that)