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Old 06-21-2013, 12:39 PM
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So, I'm new to fly fishing I have an old browning rod and south bend reel from the 80's. I've used it a little bit but its just not working for me. Amy suggestions on a good, solid, not over priced setup to start with?
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:42 PM
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First of all welcome! What is your budget? What do you fish for? Do you know what rod weight you want? Knowing that will help people steer you in the right direction.
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Budget really isn't a big deal but I don't want to spend more them $200 or $150 if I can help it. I will be fishing for bass and trout mostly. And I don't know what kind if weight I would need.
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Is it the feel of the rod or frustrations with learning how to cast? What weight is your current rig?
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I know how to cast. I'm not too bad if I may say so myself. I'm just looking for something more updated and new. The rod says 3.3 oz.
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I think if I was going to buy one rig (universally). Id go with a 6w... It would be a lot more fun on the bass end of things.

As for brand, many others here keep current with suggestions for that.
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The weight question isn't how much the rod weighs but what line it is rated to cast, something like 4wt or 6wt, etc. For bass and trout you probably are looking at a 5wt or 6wt unless the bass are particularly large or the flies you'll throw are huge. What part of the country/world do you fish in?

For 150 - 200 you should have options. Check out Albright fly fishing. I have two of their topwater rods that I got cheap a couple years ago, they are good fishing rods. They don't carry that line now but a lot of people like fish their rods. They have one 9' 5wt 5 piece combo for under 200. Fly shop closeouts also has a number of combos worth looking at. I'm sure others will weigh in.
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Default Re: New to fly fishing

I've looked before but I haven't found the weight on it. 5wt will probably be fine. I was really looking for brands but I need all the help I can get!!
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Here's what to do (because when you buy one...your trapped). If you plan on more bass fishing in the summer months to come - grab a nice bass rig so you can toss the bigger flies.

After that (and when your addiction sets in...) Grab a trout rig

I have 3 rigs (not nearly as as bad as most here) and in time it will double and possibly triple...

I had a few year lapse of flyfishing but recently caught a nice bass on a streamer that I tied a few years ago so its all over and the fever is back for good.
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Default Re: New to fly fishing

Ok. Thanks. Any brands in particular?
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