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  1. Default Re: What is a good low cost outfit for a beginner

    Thanks folks. I will try my local shop, but last time I visited the guy tried to sell me all top of the line equipment, and was rather a snob. I'm a Delaware River Rat (PA, NJ, NY), been using spinning gear all my life. I plan to go for browns on the Upper Delaware and probably more frequently smallmouth in the warm water river section further downstream. I have a custom made 6 wt fly rod and hope it will serve to get me started. I appreciate your replies very much!

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    Default Re: What is a good low cost outfit for a beginner

    Seriously, check out Sierra trading post. Sign up for their email and you'll get coupons galore. The 6wt will serve you very well for both Browns and smallies. You could pick from several different lines and reels on STP right now and have a perfectly functional outfit with your custom rod.

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    Assuming your rod and reel came spooled up, all you REALLY need is leaders, tippet, and flies. If you are thinking of wading cold water, waders and boots will probably be needed as well. Also, get a full brimmed hat and a pair of glasses.

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    Excellent! I was worried that a 6 wt might be too light for rivers. I will sign up on Sierra. The leaders, tippet and flies I'll sort out.. I have a nice fishing kayak as well as all of my wading gear from work. Now off to practice casting... thank you all very much.

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    Default Re: What is a good low cost outfit for a beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by limbo2 View Post
    Thanks folks. I will try my local shop, but last time I visited the guy tried to sell me all top of the line equipment, and was rather a snob. I'm a Delaware River Rat (PA, NJ, NY), been using spinning gear all my life. I plan to go for browns on the Upper Delaware and probably more frequently smallmouth in the warm water river section further downstream. I have a custom made 6 wt fly rod and hope it will serve to get me started. I appreciate your replies very much!

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    Are there any other shops in the area? If so, go try them.

    It never ceases to amaze me when you hear of shops like that. In the end, they are only hurting themselves with that attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limbo2 View Post
    Excellent! I was worried that a 6 wt might be too light for rivers. I will sign up on Sierra. The leaders, tippet and flies I'll sort out.. I have a nice fishing kayak as well as all of my wading gear from work. Now off to practice casting... thank you all very much.

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    6wt would be fine for trout and smallmouth.

  8. Default Re: What is a good low cost outfit for a beginner

    maybe someone knows of a current sale for a most basic needs for trout
    Thanks

  9. Default Re: What is a good low cost outfit for a beginner

    I'm a bargain hunter too. I kept an eye on Amazon and got a Fenwick Aetos 6-weight for $120. I got an LL Bean Quest 2 reel (around $50) for it. And then one day I was Christmas shopping for my wife in an LL Bean store in NH, and I peeked in a bargain bin they had and got an SA Sharkwave GPX line for $30 (I got my wife some gaiters for XC skiing). So that is my bass fishing setup now (I liked the reel enough that I bought another one and put a sinking line on it). I haven't caught much with it yet but the Aetos/Sharkwave casts like a rocket.

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    thanks good idea

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    my first ever fly rod was a complete set up by Wild Water off amazon. Rod, reel, line, leader, fly box, and flies for around $100. The reel was junk and I upgraded to a Lamson konic, but I still use the rod, and I ran the fly box over with my car and it didn't even break. Still use the rod to this day. Can't beat that value.

    As for the reel, if you're fishing for trout and bass the reel is just a place to hold the line, so you can get away with lower quality while you learn, then upgrade. That's what I did.

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