Originally Posted by fly n00b
if your cheap like me wal-mart sells a rod and reel combo for $20. it comes with line, a leader and some flies. its not very good but it lands the fish.
Going from a cheap reel and rod to a better reel and rod, I have noticed a lot less break offs because fishing a lot with 6X tippet, the flex of the rod and the startup on the drag of the reel makes a big difference in protecting the tippet. Most of the fishing we do here is with 5X or 6X and even 7X once in awhile. To me, it's the difference between losing fish and flies.