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Old 03-14-2010, 11:36 AM
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Hello Everyone I am new here to the forums. I am really wanting to get into fly fishing. Mainly the streams/rivers here in the Shenandoah valley and into West Virginia. I really have my eyes set on this combo to start my fly fishing adventure. I just would like to have your opinions on it and let me know what ya think.

St. Croix Rio Santo Fly Rods Combo from cabelas.

I am thinking about getting the 2pc 8' 4wt combo.

would this be a good beginner set up???

The combo runs $160 bucks......

TFO also has a combo running about $200
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Hi Shadowcast! Welcome to the Forum. Everyone on here is real helpful and informative.

To better answer your Q, what kind of fish are you targeting? If going to panfish or trout, that is a good setup. But if your going after bass or larger species, you may find it a little wanting when to hook into a monster.

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Old 03-14-2010, 12:17 PM
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I'm sorry I should have mentioned i will only be fishing for the stocked trout around here. I may hit up a few mountain streams to see about some native action as well
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Just FYI, Cabelas is closing out the St. Croix Triumph line. You can get an 8'6" combo in a 5wt for 110 or 120 depending on the reel.

The 5 wt and slightly longer rod will give you a bit more versatility at the expense of some finesse.

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[QUOTE=drnihili;85673]Just FYI, Cabelas is closing out the St. Croix Triumph line. [QUOTE]

Yea, I just got a 9' 5 wt for $50 at our local Cabela's. The 4 or 5 wt would be a good choice. The difference in rod lengths gives you better leverage to help mend the line. So a 9' will (theoretically) help mend line better than an 8.
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Hey welcome Shadowcast! A big Hello from Canada! These are some of the best folks I know when it comes to hanging out at an online Community.
IMHO for what you are doing a 4/5 weight is probably perfect.
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Welcome, Shadowcast! Best advise ... run away!! NOW, before you get too tied up in it! Before you know it, you'll be tying flies, building rods, collecting reels! Before it's too late .... RUN!!!!!
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Shadowcast, welcome aboard, you should have a blast down there chasing trout.

A four or five weight sounds lime it would be perfect--- I'd probably lean towards a five weight if there's a chance you'll be fishing larger water and/or chasing some bass too, just because it will tend to throw larger flies a tad easier and will be a bit more versatile (throwing weighted nymphs and larger dries for trout, casting in wind on bigger rivers.

You might also consider seeing if there's a fly shop near you--- folks on the board here might be able to recommend one near you if you let us know where you are. Chances are pretty good that a shop would have something in a similar price range-- but typically a smaller shop would be more likely to go out of its way to throw in a fly casting lesson or two and generally be more help in getting you started off on the right foot----- they'll also be a good resource for you going forward with places to go, patterns to use etc.

Most of the fly shops around here have gone the way of the dodo, which is a real shame, but they are a great option to a big box store (where the staff may not be as knowledgeable about fly fishing). If you have a good fly shop near you, it might pay to check it out before you buy an outfit.

There's ton's of info on the board here for you, so check out the FAQ sections and some of the old threads too, but feel free to ask questions as you get into it.
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