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View Poll Results: Which starter outfit would you choose on a budget?
Orvis Streamline Outfit 7 12.50%
Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Outfit 13 23.21%
Redington Pursuit Outfit 17 30.36%
Other, Please Specify in Thread 19 33.93%
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:16 AM
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Any fly rod combo that costs more than $100 will work just fine -- it's your casting and presentation that make all the difference.

Don't worry too much about it -- just practice a lot with whatever you get.
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Well, I'm sure many would disagree, but I have bought three of these combos for family who were just starting. The Cabela's Cahill combo, which is on sale right now for $39.99 is the best setup out there for the money. Most of you know that I've been doing this fly fishing thing for a lot of years, so I wouldn't intentionally lead you astray. The question was what do we think is the best "starter" outfit. The challenge exists that the person we supply with the outfit just may not pursue it after a few times out, so why spend a lot only to find it was a waste of time and money.

The Cahill outfit has a functional reel and a pretty decent rod. For 40 bucks plus shipping you can't really go wrong. I actually have one of these as an emergency backup rod as I truly like the action of this rod.

Here is the link: Cabela's Cahill Fly Rod and Reel Outfit : Cabela's

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I started with a 17$ scientific angler rod + reel combo. I had tons of fun and the kit still works just fine.

If you are starting out, no need to break the bank. Even a used set-up would work great. If you end up getting bit by the fly fishing bug, you'll probably end up with 5 different outfit in a year anyway... (yes that's what I did... )
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I would absolutely recommend purchasing something from LL Bean when you're looking at lower priced starter outfits. If, for whatever reason, it doesn't last as it should-or you aren't happy with anything purchased there- you can return it with no time limit.
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I'd go for LL Bean also. When I first started fly fishing 30 years ago and (my fault) broke the tip section on my only fly rod an Angler. I sent and wrote LL Bean to get it repaired telling them it was my fault and they sent it back (or another one, I couldn't tell) repaired for free.
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I got the Redington Crosswater outfit, brought 9' 5wt med-fast rod. a decent reel, backing, WF floating line and a leader, about 159 dollars. don't regret it at all.
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I said other, because people new to fly fishing, WILL fall in love, and naturally want some higher quality gear. My starter was a used Winston BII mx 8wt I bought for $200, and an echo ION reel I bought off a friend for $50. I now have 6 fly rods, the old Winston is still probably my favorite for striper. I only keep the ION reel as a spare, as I enjoy fishing with my other reels that are a little nicer, but it never failed me. Anyway, I have a problem buying gear that you know you will want to replace. Also, I believe a quality rod today will be a quality rod for life with proper care. My advise, and I'm no expert, look for deals on used rods and reels in good condition. That's mostly what I buy, and have started to put together a collection that, might not be the latest and greatest, but is full of tried and true, quality stuff, for often less than half of original retail. And buying used, they have already depreciated in value, so if you don't love it, you can resell for what you paid. Bare in mind, you don't get the benefit of the warranty in most cases, but if you do your research before buying, and take care of your stuff, you shouldn't need the warranty, especially for a reel. The rods are a bit of a gamble, but a lot of manufacturers have pretty good repair programs.
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I started with the Redington Pursuit. It was awesome. Wish I still had it. I broke an eyelet and sent it in for repair and they sent back the new Path. Never liked it as much, even though they said it was the same blank. I never thought it felt similar at all. The Path seemed much softer. It landed some nice fish for me, but I liked the Pursuit better.


Another great option to start off with is the TFO Pro. II. Just no outfits available. But just snag a Ross Eddy and a Rio Avid line and you're rolling for a starter outfit.
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Redington Crosswater 9' 5wt kit
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