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Old 08-17-2013, 02:44 PM
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Echo 3 from South Holston River Fly Shop.

I went with the Echo Edge / Lamson Konic combo in 9' 5wt
I like the Access, it's a good beginner rod, but I'd go with an Echo as well. South Holston can give you a great deal on a 3, but even the Carbon or Edge retail for just $169/239 (or something like that) and they are very good rods. I also like the med-fast-er/fast-ish/etc distinctions Echo gives one to suss out the action. You'd be great with a med-fastish.
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Buy the Orvis, you won't be sorry.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:02 AM
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As someone else said very eloquently, a good relationship with one or two local fly shops is priceless. The rod is just the beginning - all the other stuff will confuse the hell out of you... and these forums will make it even more confusing until you know what to make of the advice you're getting.

Buy a rod from one dealer, a reel from another and you'll get your investment back over the months and years with advice on lines, leaders, flies, tuition, where to fish and so on.

I think Orvis is a great place to start - the warranty is second to none and the products are great quality - the Access is US made too. They also have pretty much everything you need (including expert advice) for a lifetime of fly fishing under one roof.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:56 AM
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I just started fly fishing 8-10 months ago...My first rod was an Orvis Clearwater 9'5wt and then bought a Access 9'8wt. The love the clearwater...the reel sucks, but the rod as been perfect for me. Im even planning on getting the 7'4wt Clearwater for a couple small brookie streams.
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Freak,

I assume you bought the Orvis Clearwater 5wt combo? I was thinking of this myself... What did you not like about the reel?
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I just started fly fishing 8-10 months ago...My first rod was an Orvis Clearwater 9'5wt and then bought a Access 9'8wt. The love the clearwater...the reel sucks, but the rod as been perfect for me. Im even planning on getting the 7'4wt Clearwater for a couple small brookie streams.
Freak,

Did you purchase the 8wt because you wanted a larger rod or did the 5wt not perform for you?

Thanks,

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Freak,

Did you purchase the 8wt because you wanted a larger rod or did the 5wt not perform for you?

Thanks,

Jonathan
Jonathan,

Don't go thinking Freak sold his 5wt to get an 8wt to do the same job (at least I assume he didn't). I'm sure Freak will reply, but these are two completely different rods for different purposes. You'll be fine with either an 8'6" or 9'0" 5wt - they are the 'Swiss Army knife's' of fly rods... able to meet all your initial needs.
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I've read thru this post twice, and maybe I just missed it, but did anyone ask you what you hope to catch in your river - trout, largemouth, snallmouth, carp, steelhead, salmon? How do you like to fish, drys, nymphs, soft hackles? All of the above, none of the above? If nothing else, it would be helpful to know in what state of the union you plan to fish. Until one knows something about how you plan to fish, it's a bit meaningless to throw out brand names and model numbers.

It sort of like deciding to buy a vehicle, no matter how nice a sports car is, it's not terribly useful is you are in the gardening business hauling loads of mulch. You definitely can buy a very nice rod for $300, you just want to make sure it's suitable for the job at hand.
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I've read thru this post twice, and maybe I just missed it..... How do you like to fish, drys, nymphs, soft hackles?
This will just confuse the poor chap. OP's a beginner, so presumably doesn't yet know how he likes to fish... (that's what you seem to have missed pszy22).

As for where you fish OP - again, I'm assuming, as a beginner, that you've yet to find your favourite spots. Until then - to cover all the options - an 8'6"-9'0" 5wt is probably the place to start.
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This will just confuse the poor chap. OP's a beginner, so presumably doesn't yet know how he likes to fish... (that's what you seem to have missed pszy22).
Maybe so, he's about to shell out close to $500 ($300 for a rod, $125 for a reel, $60 for a line, leaders, tippets, flies,etc). That may not seem like alot of money to most. As a beginner, he may not know the answer but it might be helpful to him if he knew some of the questions he might want to ask before he makes a decision.

I would hope if he were to walk into a fly shop, they would talk to him a bit about where he might plan to start off fishing, rather than just say here's the $300 rod rack, pick one. But that may just be me.
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