Firstly, let me say thanks for all the responses to my previous post
. I have summarized the list of recommendations and am putting my final decision into the hands of the experts on this forum. So, if you were in my situation what would you buy?
*I am a beginner - have been fly fishing for only a season and a half
*Mostly trout fish the Beaverkill and Esopus rivers in the NY Catskills
*Am looking for a rod and reel that I can grow into. I'd like for this purchase last me a while.
*Came into $700 in gift certificates that I can use at either Cabelas or Orvis
*Am still debating whether to get a 4wt or 5wt.
Orvis Superfine Trout Bum 804-4 Fly Rod
(leaves me $125 left for a reel and line)
Orvis T3 864-4 Freshwater Fly Rod with BLA II Fly Reel
(leaves me $25 for line)
Sage XP 490-4XP with Cabela's Watershed reel and Rio Grand line
(leaves me $10 left over for tolls)
Sage Flight 490-4 with Cabela's Watershed reel and Rio Grand line
(leaves me $200 left over for booze and gambling)
Sage Launch 490-4 with Cabela's SLA fly reel and Rio Grand line
( leaves me $390 for booze and gambling)
Sage ZXL 490-4
(leaves me $0 for a reel and line)