03-12-2011, 03:18 PM
Re: 2011 Equipment For A Beginner
I am going to suggest some fly rods that will be lower priced but still are rods you will like and use for a long time. In my opinion the lowest priced rods from Bass Pro Shop and Cabela's are not a good choice. You can learn with them for sure but you will end up replacing them eventually.
Being brand new even going to a fly shop doesn't help too much because you can't cast yet. If you can find a shop that gives free casting lessons then do that before you buy a rod. Another alternative is to hire a guide for a days fishing and use his gear. The right guide will help with your casting and have different rods you can try.
My list of rods to consider.
1. Sage Flight, $300
2. St Croix Avid, $200
3. Redington Custom Trout, $150
4. For a Combo the Redington RS4 combo is a great buy that includes the rod, Rise reel, Rio fly line and a leader, $329
To me the Flight is the best all around choice in these four choices. The Avid and Classic Trout are both Medium action rods that some fly fishers like. The RS4 and Sage Flight are Medium Fast to Fast actions.
I have fished in the Taos area and you will be well equipped with a 9' 5wt since Trout is your primary target.