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Old 08-15-2013, 10:24 AM
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Default ****Updated****Nice Quality Beginner Rod w/ Room to Grow

I am looking for a nice quality rod for a beginner (me) that will provide for plenty of room to grow. I would like to keep the rod under 300, but would be willing to pay a little more if the rod will last me for quite a while. I plan on fishing smaller rivers (my buddy fishes a 9' 5wt.)

Probably will fish 10-20 days per year.

I am not opposed to buying used, but it seems buying new from some of the more well known companies helps tremendously to my piece of mind with warranties.

Any recommendations / help would be appreciated.

***Decided on a Sage VT2 - found a new one so it has a warranty - just got it yesterday. Got a discontinued Lamson Velocity to match it with.***

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Old 08-15-2013, 10:31 AM
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Join theclymb.com. It's free.

Then get one of these:

http://www.theclymb.com/all/brand-ev...ct/493745?f=mi

Spend the rest of your money on reels, lines, etc.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:50 AM
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+1 for Plecain's post. IMO you won't find a better deal right now...but you must like the softer feel of the CT (or the new Tempt rod) for it to work for you. If you have a chance to cast and compare with some faster sticks you should do that.

The CT's were approx $165 originally, AND were a good value at full retail, so at 70 bucks they're tough to beat...if you are a soft stick guy. Good luck.
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+1 for Plecain's post. IMO you won't find a better deal right now...but you must like the softer feel of the CT (or the new Tempt rod) for it to work for you. If you have a chance to cast and compare with some faster sticks you should do that.

The CT's were approx $165 originally, AND were a good value at full retail, so at 70 bucks they're tough to beat...if you are a soft stick guy. Good luck.
Good point about the faster rod.

theclymb.com also has the Redington CPX, which is a very fast rod. It's around $160 on sale.

For your $300, you could buy one of each.
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As a company I am a Allen Fly Fishing fanboy. However, the only other rods I like just as well are the Redington CT's they are soft compared to a lot of other rods, but I like them as they work well for me for both nymphs and dries.

I'm not familliar with the other Redington rod that was mentioned, but buying both the slower and a fast rod would be beneficial. The faster rod would be good for swinging streamers. Matter of fact if were me I'd get a 4wt CT and a second Medium Fast Rod.

Now you mentioned $300 is that your total budget or is that just for the rod.

If it is your total budget I'd personally recommend the Reddington CT, Allen ATS Reel, Rio Gold wf line with that you would still have some left over for tippit material, flies.

One great option for try out different rods is to join a fly fishing club. Often they have casting practice, before meetings and most guys will allow you to cast their rod. You will likely be given free casting lessons too. To top it all off they likely also offer free or cheap classes on everything to do with fly fishing from beginner to advanced.
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My recommendation is go to a fly shop, tell them what you're looking for out of your fly rod and see what they can recommend. I'm an advocate of doing this not solely for establishing a good relationship with your shop and patronizing their business. All of us can make recommendations based on our preferences and experiences with rods but the rod needs to work and feel right in YOUR hands. A respectable shop will listen to what you are looking for, find options in your budget and let you test cast them. There are a ton of benefits that a legit fly shop can provide you that I won't get into here but that's my recommendation and I'm sticking with it.

This is worth a read if you are considering buying pre loved tackle.

Tips For Buying Used Rods;

After you have narrowed it down to a few different models, come back and ask for opinions and experiences from others on them to help you hone in on your decision. Welcome to the forum.
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My recommendation is go to a fly shop, tell them what you're looking for out of your fly rod and see what they can recommend. I'm an advocate of doing this not solely for establishing a good relationship with your shop and patronizing their business. All of us can make recommendations based on our preferences and experiences with rods but the rod needs to work and feel right in YOUR hands. A respectable shop will listen to what you are looking for, find options in your budget and let you test cast them. There are a ton of benefits that a legit fly shop can provide you that I won't get into here but that's my recommendation and I'm sticking with it.

This is worth a read if you are considering buying pre loved tackle.

Tips For Buying Used Rods;

After you have narrowed it down to a few different models, come back and ask for opinions and experiences from others on them to help you hone in on your decision. Welcome to the forum.
To expand on this, get some good instruction before you buy a rod. Testing the rods in the shop is a lot more useful if you have already corrected some casting problems. Just saying what I should have done!
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thanks for the responses so far - $300 just for the rod to answer a question above.
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Echo 3 from South Holston River Fly Shop.

I went with the Echo Edge / Lamson Konic combo in 9' 5wt
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Ok - I went by a shop earlier today - Orvis. the guy there watched my cast and said the Access with Mid flex fits my motion.

Does that change anyone's opinion?
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