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Old 10-10-2011, 08:04 PM
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Hey guys, I'm new to flyfishing and still trying to wrap my head around everything. I live in west Virginia, and I was wondering what weight/length rod I should get?. Like I said I'm new, so please go easy on me. Thanks for any help guys.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:46 PM
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It really depends on what you'll be fishing for but a good all-around outfit to start with is a 9 foot 5wt medium action rod/reel combo such as the Redington Crosswater sold by Reelflyrod.com advertised on this forum. Good luck!
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I agree, the 9ft 5 weight is a good starting choice. If you think that mountain trout in smaller streams will be your passion I would move more toward a 8 ft 4 weight as the shorter length and lighter weight make small streams more fun.

A quick point to think on as you begin your journey- a medium action rod versus a fast action rod will be easier for a new fly fisher to feel the rod load. Gaining this ability is key to becoming a proficient caster as feeling the rod load up on the back cast is central to the timing of the forward cast.

If you can attend a group casting lesson it would be great and watch videos on the interwebs. Then head out into your yard or local park and practice, practice, practice.
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The Allen rod's are always a good choice. Justin has excellent product and excellent customer service.
For WV, 9' 5wt will be your "all around" rod. I agree with the other remarks, medium action will help forgive you as you hone your skills.
Take Russell's advice. Use a piece of yarn as your "fly" and Practice practice practice.
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i would also recommend a 9' 5 weight rig. there's something about the paring of those two that seems to be conducive to helping a beginning angler get the feel of fly fishing.
depending on your budget, there are a multitude of options out there to choose from.
the redington classic trout combos are pretty nice as are the ross worlwide ones.
if it were me and it fell within my budget, i would take a look at a sage vantage 9' 5 weight rod and match it with a lamson konic 2 reel. add in a wf5 weight floating line from allen fly fishing and you will not only get a setup that will be an incredible rig to learn with, but will be a joy to fish with for years to come


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As the others said, depends on what you are fishing for. That being said, i would suggest a brand for you.

Redington

Quality rods at a good price. Most of their other gear is good too. Waders, reels, wading jackets, etc. Easy on the pocket book. More expensive than some stuff, but the quality is real high.
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Pardon me for asking, but other than 5, what's the difference between a cattech84 and a cattech89? curious milt.
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Lol milt spawn, cattech84 is me and I was born in 84. Cattech89 was of course born in 89. Plus me and him both work for the same cat dealer her in WV. That's where we got that, plus I don't think he realized thats me since I'm new here to the forum.
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Default Re: Newbie rod??

I'd go with a 7 ft. 5 wt. for W.V. as a first rod if fishing small rivers. This review sounds like something decent that won't break the bank.
Cabela's 3 Forks 3wt/Prestige Plus Combo I'm sure they have something similar in other weights also.
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