Originally Posted by flgatorgirl
I will be fishing lakes and ponds around and need to keep my budget to $300, "hook, line and sinker" so to speak.
For what you are wanting to spend, you should be able to find a good combo outfit. Orvis has their new Encounter series as well as their Clearwater combo that would fit into your budget. And a new rod comes with a warranty. Most warranties are original owner only.
You mentioned that you were looking at Allen. By the way I do not work nor do I represent them. But I just looked on their website and here is what I found.
Compass fly rod $ 99.00
Trout 2 reel $149.00
Fly line $ 59.99
Total $302.99 not including shipping.