Re: New Fisherman
if you are looking for a fast action rod, i would suggest a Redington CPX. i have two (4wt and 6wt) and have been very happy with both. i like the fact that Redington has a reasonable price point, and a full replacement warranty similar to the high end guys ($30 charge for Redington replacement).
the CPX rods have been getting phased out over the past year (replaced by the Link rods in 2013), and there are good sales to be had on them now. i got my 4wt last July on the initial wave of discounts, and i picked up my 6wt in the fall on sale as well. both were 40% off, so final prices with tax were in the $190 range.
Sierra Trading Post has a 9' 5wt on their site, if you sign up for their deal flyer they email you a coupon for another 30% off. That makes the rod around $157 before tax, and you could drive right to the store to save on the shipping.
on my 4wt CPX i have an Allen Trout II (#1 size) reel, and on the 6wt i have an earlier Allen Trout I (#2 size). i have been very pleased with the Allen reels, and i think they are the best deal going for a reasonably priced, very high quality reel. the #2 Trout II might be a tad heavy on a 5wt rod IMO, but that would give you the highest capacity for baking on your setup. with the Trout II reels priced at less than $150, your total package should be south of $350.
i have RIO Grand line on both of my CPX rods, and i think it is a great line for their fast action. RIO markets the Grand as being "a half size heavier" line, and specifically designed for fast action rods. i originally had a "normal" WF line on my 4wt, and then switched to the Grand with much better results. if you encounter windy days where you fish in Wyoming, i think the CPX with Grand line should work well in those conditions too. happy shopping.