Originally Posted by socal rob
Thanks to everyone for their advice. Some knowledgeable people hanging out around here! I sent Ms. Santa my final Christmas wish list. I actually like liked both the Hatch 4 Plus Finatic and the Galvin T5. I'm now concerned that both may be too heavy for the Sage One 5 wt.
I am fishing a T6 on a Winston BIIX 7100 and while there are other options much lighter I wouldn't trade that setup for anything. The BIIX Is a very light rod as you likely know. In fact, when I first got the rod, I had it paired with a Lamson Velocity, then upgraded my reel. I actually prefer it with the weight of the T6. A T5 is a wonderful choice for that rod if you ask me, but I am obviously biased towards Galvan Reels. The Velocity is now relegated to backup duty.
If not Galvan, you might want to consider throwing Abel into the mix. The couple that I own are wonderful reels. A 5N Would be a great match for that rod and they do offer a Bronze finish.
I haven't fished with Bauer, Nautilus or Hatch, but know they are well regarded.
Looking forward to seeing what you decide on.
Originally Posted by sweetandsalt
Especially when in school but at other times in life too one sometimes best be frugal. This is a personal situation issue and not a rationale to critically evaluate what constitutes quality. Someday you may be fishing high-end tackle you will appreciate it even more for having started with affordable gear. That is the way it has been for many of us. Good luck.
I couldn't agree more Sweetandsalt. There was a time, early into my fly fishing journey when I'd look at high end rods and reels and think---NO WAY would I pay that much for tackle. As I've gone through life, advanced my career I now appreciate both situations--humble beginnings and my taste for fine tackle. That's not to say that I still don't hunt out the bargains when I can find them. Closeouts are a wonderful thing.