08-14-2008, 04:53 PM
Re: What to get? - Beginner Questions!!
WOW Chlebel, you really are a catch!!! Do you have a sister?
For a budget like that, you can buy a rockin' rod, reel AND line.
For an all around trout set up, i would look to spend a little less on the reel, and put more towards a rod, with a very good fly line from Scientific Anglers, Rio, or Wulff (about $60).
You have a ton of choices for quality rods and reels to consider, and a good fly shop can walk you through all the choices and let you and your bf try out different rod actions. Hopefully they will also throw in casting lessons and give you a discount if you buy everything in one place.
Just an example of stuff to consider might be:
4 piece 9' 5 or 6 weight rods and reels at some different price points:
around $300-ish ($150 TFO Pro or Echo Classic rod and $60-75 Orvis Battenkill Disc Drag, Okuma SLV-56 reel, and $60 fly line)
around $400-ish ($200-225 TFO TiCr, Winston Ascent, or Sage Launch rod, $130 Lamson Konic reel and $60 fly line)
around $500 ( $250-300 G. Loomis Xperience, Winston Vapor, Scott A2, Sage FLi, TFO Axiom, or TFO TiCr-X rod, $130-150 Lamson Konic, Teton Tioga, or Ross Cimarron reel and $60 fly line.)
Around $600-ish, same $300 rods as above, $200 Teton, Teton Specialist, Ross Rhythm, Galvin Standard, or Galvin Rush fly reel and $60 line.
This isnít meant to be an all inclusive list, lotís of other good choices too. When shopping around, look for lifetime guarantees on rods (or replacement for a small $20-30 fee) and reels. For reels over $70, you would be looking for a sturdy all metal construction, smooth dual drag, and salt water corrosion proof. For reels over $100, you would want them ideally to be CNC machined (not die cast) out of barstock, and type 3 anodized. Donít consider any reels in this category unless they are saltwater proof with smooth dual drags. Most of these rods should come with a protective PVC or aluminum tube, but some donít. Figure in another $30 or so if it doesnít.
For a saltwater set up (and also steelhead/salmon/pike) it would be hard to beat a 9 weight TFO rod, and Teton Tioga reel combination for about $350-450 depending on the rod including $60 line.. Lotís of bang for the buck. And itís a very popular combination here in the NE salt. But I would think itís probably best to learn on a medium fast action trout rod first. For saltwater, you or your boyfriend might want a faster action for casting longer distances and dealing with wind, but itís a tad less forgiving for new casters...
Hope this helps.
PS I hope you're leaving some $$$'s aside for YOUR fly fishing outfit.