11-29-2013, 12:19 AM
Re: HELP Choosing a reel
There are a bunch of things on close out. There are also a number of good rods and reels out there in your $300 budget? You could buy a good 2013 close out line from one of the big names (SA or Rio) for around $50. When you buy the rod/reel/line combos, they usually come with a cheap line. That Redington CT rod you have right now is on sale at Cabelas in a 5wt for $75. You could get a Ross Flyrise reel size 2 for $110 or a Lamson Konic size 2 for $149. Allen has some good gear too. Yellowstone Angler named the Mystic Reaper rod at $199 the best budget 5wt. It would likely have a faster action than the CT though.
I could go on. Before I do... You should ask yourself if you really like how your 4wt casts. If you do, just go to Cabelas and buy the Redington CT 9' 5wt for $75 before they are all gone! You'll never find a better rod at that low a price. If you read through this forum, you'll find that many people here own and absolutely love that rod. I own one myself. If you ever want to upgrade, that CT 5wt would make a really good back up rod. During my last 4 day trip, 2 out of 4 fishermen broke rods. We were all Very Happy we had extra rods along!! I mean breaking a rod is bad. Breaking a rod and being stuck somewhere with no back up is even worse.
Given your $300 budget, you could buy the CT rod for $75, Konic size 2 reel for $149 and have $75 left over to get backing and a good fly line! This would be one nice setup!!
EDIT: South Houlston River Fly Shop has an Echo Edge rod with a Konic 2 reel on sale for $240. They are one of this site's sponsors. I'm betting they could help you select a line and even install it for you if you bought a reel from them.
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Last edited by ts47; 11-29-2013 at 12:54 AM.