Re: Newby to forum, looking for brackish water set up
Hi and welcome to the forum.
I can't comment on Allen's fly rods, because I have never cast or fished one, but they do get good reviews. I do have a Trout II reel on my 5wt and it is a very nice reel. The drag is incredibly smooth and adjusts very easily. I can highly recommend this reel and would think it should balance on a 6wt rod.
All of my graphite rods are St Croix. They make fine rods and their new Imperial series has been rated by many as the best bang for the buck. But no matter whose rod you choose, if at all possible, try and cast before you buy. Allen has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so I suspect if you bought a rod from them and after doing some lawn casting didn't like it they would take it back.