03-27-2007, 09:48 AM
Re: someone help me please
All of the above responses are good advice. For the most part, they are personal opinions but they're very sound in their thinking.
You should really decide what is the absolute most that you can spend. You don't want to skimp on price. Don't go out and purchase for the cheapest outfit just because its the cheapest outfit.
Presently, you seem to be doing the right thing. You're doing some research. While you may get conflicting opinions on which rod is the best for a certain price range... their thoughts on not getting a cheap outfits remains consistent.
The problem with cheap fly rods is that they do not cast as easily as better rods. These rods are especially hard to learn with.
Many, many times I've seen the scenario where someone buys a very inexpensive outfit because they're not sure if they'll like fly fishing or not. Then they have trouble learning to cast because the combo is not an easy outfit to learn on. Then they become frustrated and lose interest. So, my advice is to always purchase as nice of an outfit as you can afford, keeping in mind the rod and fly line are the two most important components. A good fly rod will shorten your learning curve and make casting much more enjoyable. I would not recommend spending less than $100 on an outfit... you really do get what you pay for most of the time.
If this is your first fly rod then I recommend a medium action rod instead of a fast action rod. (do your homework) Medium action rods are the best to learn with. Personally, I prefer medium action rods in my 6wts and under. I enjoy the feel of a medium action much more than a fast rod. This allows you more accurate casts. It requires less effort (if your doing it right). Towards the end of the day, when my arm is tired, my casts do not suffer as much because the rod is more forgiving of my tired and sloppy casting stroke.
Truthfully... without observing your casting style, it’s hard to make a sound recommendation as to what you should do regarding your rod selection. The thing is... you're not going to be stuck with one rod for the rest of your life. I would probably lean toward advising you to get a medium action, 5wt, 9ft rod for now. As you progress you may want to kick it up a notch and get a faster rod... but maybe not.
I can't tell you how much you must spend... just don't go cheap. And not knowing what your price range truly is... its really fruitless to start listing all the good outfits that fit within various price ranges. What is your max price? $50, $100, $150, $200, more?
I realize that conflicting opinions can be hard to absorb sometimes. We may not all agree... but we all have an opinion... and that doesn't mean that anyone is wrong. You just need to take all this information in and try to make the best decision for you. None of us can really tell you what to do. But maybe we can help keep you from making a big mistake.
This is also part of the fun of fly fishing. Trying different rods and new gear. If it works out... great. If it doesn't... sell the stuff and get more.