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    Hello,

    I am pretty new to fly fishing. When I lived in Alaska, we bought a combo setup to mess around with. Now that we are back in Arkansas, I would like to get back into it.

    I have $200 to spend. I have 2 old martin reels that I could use if i can't fit a reel into my budget. I'm looking at a 9' 5 wt rod for fishing mainly panfish and bass but might be able to make it up to northern Arkansas for a trout run. I am looking mainly at TFO and Echo rods right now. I would like to get a complete outfit, but at least need the rod, line and other things needed other than a reel. I would appreciate any suggestions on what to spend the remaining $60 on after the purchase of the rod. Mainly would like to know if it would be worth taking a lower end line in order to get a new reel, or if I should just tough it out with the old reel and just buy line for now.

    Thanks,
    Chad

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    TFO and Echo both have great rods in that price range. Check out the Full Creel Fly Shop for both and a 21 day trail, free shipping and no tax.

    Another option for you is TFO Combo which includes: rod, reel, line, backing, leader and rod & reel carrying case for $174.95. I think the Rod is either the Signature or Pro rods. Either one are great rods. That way your under you 2 c-notes and you will have enough for a few flies.

    I hope this helps.
    Thanks,
    Terry
    "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after"
    Henry David Thoreau

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    Hi charwoods3,

    Welcome to the forum. Terry has given you some good advise for your price range.

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    I am going to agree totally with the ECHO and TFO, but Cabela's does have a sweet deal with all the fixin's. I do know a couple of gentlemen that have these and they are quite nice.
    Cabela's Genesis&#8482 Fly-Fishing Outfits

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    Welcome to the group! I would sooner have a decent old reel with a great line on it than a new reel and cheap line ANY day.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I tried to order the TFO pro rod combo from cabela's before I made this thread. It came with one of their reels and SA GPX line, but they were backordered. I canceled that order and ordered an Echo with Cortland 555 Dyna tip line and some bass leaders from The Full Creel. I'll just use one of the old reels until I can get ahold of a better reel. I was hoping to get it before this weekend, but I haven't heard anything today, so it will probably be monday before I get my hands on it.

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    That is a really fine rod and I've heard great things about that line as well.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charwoods3 View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    I tried to order the TFO pro rod combo from cabela's before I made this thread. It came with one of their reels and SA GPX line, but they were backordered. I canceled that order and ordered an Echo with Cortland 555 Dyna tip line and some bass leaders from The Full Creel. I'll just use one of the old reels until I can get ahold of a better reel. I was hoping to get it before this weekend, but I haven't heard anything today, so it will probably be monday before I get my hands on it.

    Wise choice, I love that rod and I am gonna get one real soon myself.

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    I was just sort of in the same boat - what I did was order a Sage Launch rod and bought a fly reel on e-bay - totaled just over $200 and I am one happy fly caster

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