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Old 03-22-2013, 09:03 AM
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New to the fly fishing world but have been reading alot on it, equipment and such.

Picked up a TFO Pro Special from Cabelas on sale in 8'6" 5wt, and wondering if the Orvis Encounter Large Arbor or the Orvis Clearwater reel would be the best match up for the rod.

Also considering the SA Mastery Headstart WF 5 line to complete the starter set up?

My surfing has indicated good comments on the brands noted, just wondering if these particular components will make a good starter set up for gills and crappie on the local lakes/coves, etc. here in E TN. Will be fishing from a boat, and possibly a kayak when I get up the courage to stand in the yak.

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:10 AM
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Either would probably be fine for what you're targeting. You may have seen this post, but Orvis is offering 50% off their Battenkill Barstock reels right now. That is a very good price for a nice reel that could last a long time. The sale puts it in the price range of the Clearwater and it is the route I'd go.

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Picked up a TFO Pro Special from Cabelas on sale in 8'6" 5wt, and wondering if the Orvis Encounter Large Arbor or the Orvis Clearwater reel would be the best match up for the rod.
Either would work fine. But there are threads about the Orvis Battenkills being half off. Look into it!

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Also considering the SA Mastery Headstart WF 5 line to complete the starter set up?
Line would be fine.

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My surfing has indicated good comments on the brands noted, just wondering if these particular components will make a good starter set up for gills and crappie on the local lakes/coves, etc. here in E TN. Will be fishing from a boat, and possibly a kayak when I get up the courage to stand in the yak.
The rig will work fine. But you may want to get a spare spool with a sinking line for those lake conditions.

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Default Re: A good starting point?

My son uses the orvis encounter on that same TFO rod and loves it......I also have that same reel and I am well pleased with it......but, I give a big +10 to williamhj's post about the battenkill........that is one sweet deal!!!! I have already emailed my son, and I am sure his credit card has already secured him a "new reel." Good luck in your search..... Edit......check out romanl's post in general discussion......
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Default Re: A good starting point?

I have a 4wt TFO pro. I put a Battenkill barstock on it and really like it. Balances well and works fine
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yeah, the orvis bbs is a killer deal!
i'd jump on it if i were you

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Default Re: A good starting point?

Thanks for the replies and advice. I saw the battenkill sale mentioned in another thread, but I like the looks of the Encounter style better (I am new to this sport) and the overall appearance of a fly rod with the larger reel. I had a Cabelas RLS 5wt but somehow "lost" it, apparently I left it on the top of the truck tonneau cover one day when I drove the truck to work as I cannot find it anywhere around the house.

A spare spool is a good idea, for the sinking line. Does the SA Mastery Headstart come in a sinking version as well?
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this is your reel.....large diameter, light.
http://www.rajeffsports.com/echoreel_ion.php
gets awesome reviews and is made out of metal

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