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Old 01-29-2012, 08:22 PM
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My father is fairly new to flyfishing and is going to cancun in april. He wants to try flyfishing. As I only fish freshwater I was wondering what for rod, reel, and line you might suggest for him to use. I dont want him to spend a lot of money for something he might use once or twice a year.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:26 PM
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allen xa 8 weight with an allen alpha 2 reel. or my set up is a tfo bvk 9 weight with a okuma integrity 8/9
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:44 PM
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What are the thoughts on the Ross Essence FS or FC rods and Orvis Hydro or Allen Alpha ll reels? Or other Suggestions.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:58 PM
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the local fly shop does not have many good things to say about ross or orvis. "Ross makes reels not rods" the alpha 2 is held with great respect among the other forum members. what kind species is your father looking into?
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I think he's hoping for bonefish, tarpon, snook and maybe permit.
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he needs at least an 8 weight
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I recommend that he book a charter first. The $350-$450 will be well spent. Chances are the first setup he buys will be replaced quickly if he enjoys it. Book a charter, use their gear and get a feel for what he needs. I promise you he will spend the same money either way.
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I just picked up a Ross essence FC 11wt. I am also new to the salt, and have not caught anything on this rod yet (stuck in CO!), so take my advice with a huge grain of SALT! Ha! I love dumb puns.
I did get to take the rod to the park though for some distance casting on a windy afternoon.
I was able to hit the 80' mark several times, coming within a few feet to the end of my tape measure. So... I think it is fairly accurate, and pretty easy to cast. I was double hauling a 10wt WFF line and having a blast! I have only cast a 10-11 wt a few times on the water, but for $160 I'm happier than a pig in schlitz.

I found an Orvis battenkill V for $160 to match it. In principle, I am kind of opposed to Orvis' shops and their style (ie they only sell their own, and kinda snooty). But, it is a respectable brand with some longevity, so I thought I would forgo my principles to get a nice affordable large arbor with a good warranty; it was found via a fly shop closeout site.

Side note: I went into the local orvis store to check it out, the guy gave me the up and down, must have decided I was not their target audience, and ignored me. In a town of 100,000 with 2 locally owned fly shops, these guys post up and try to edge in. Not very classy, kind of like a starbucks. The reel is schweeeeet though...
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I recommend that he book a charter first. The $350-$450 will be well spent. Chances are the first setup he buys will be replaced quickly if he enjoys it. Book a charter, use their gear and get a feel for what he needs. I promise you he will spend the same money either way.
That's sage advice right there! I would use their gear, then decide on something after. milt.
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I think he's hoping for bonefish, tarpon, snook and maybe permit.
I'm not sure there's one rod that will do all that well.
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