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  1. Red face Beginner with questions here!

    Hey everyone, I hope a little background will help you guys with suggestions. I've fished for the better part of my life (all casting and spinning). Last year my brother in law got me out fly fishing (once here in Illinois, once in Estes Park Colorado), I picked up quickly and fell in love with it. I want to look into getting a nice rod and reel set up this spring. I have some questions on what you guys feel might be best for me. I live in central Illinois, with close access to the Illinois river, good sized lakes, smaller rivers & streams, and farm ponds. I occasionally make weekend trips to Michigan and Wisconsin to fish as well. I enjoy fishing for crappie, small & large mouth, blue gill, steelhead, brook trout, exc. I am looking into Sage rods, more specifically their Flight series rods, and I'm still not sure on reels (open to suggestions!). I have questions on the amount of sections to a rod. I noticed some are 2 piece rods, while others are 4. Does the amount of sections translate into rods sensitivity and/or more rod flexibility? I am also not very knowledgable on reel manufacturers (who are the good, bad, and ugly). I am looking for rods around the $300 range, with reels obviously moderately priced as well. I don't need the best of the best, as this is my first fly set up. I know it's a long thread, but I appreciate any feedback you guys have to get me started!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Chicago IL (Western Suburbs)

    Default Re: Beginner with questions here!

    Welcome to the forum! I think you will find the forum very helpful and informative. I will be the first to chime in with a suggestion. I think that this would be a great fit for you.

    Cabela's: R.L. Winston VSL®/Cabela's RLS Fly Combo

    This comes with the rod (4 piece), reel, great line, and backing. The price of the 9' 5wt combo is $404, which it seems would be a good fit in your budget. This outfit will be sufficient for years of fly fishing, not just to get you started. Most of the guys here will suggest a 4 piece rod because of the ease of transport. There really is no sensitivity difference between 2 and 4 piece rods.

    Hope this helps!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Hillsboro, OR

    Default Re: Beginner with questions here!

    Welcome to the forum. I own a Sage Flight(4pc) and love it. It is my go to trout rod. I put a Bauer reel on mine.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    I'll just say 'welcome to the forum' and let the fella's point you in the right direction. All my stuff is old, and I'm not exactaly a well of info on todays market.

    Godd to have you join,


    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
    Ard's Forum blog, Alaska Outdoors

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    Apr 2009
    Languedoc/near montpellier
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    to the forum...Agree with Forrest...9' 5wt 4 p...there are many good combos on the market in the $300 range and try some and chose the one you prefer

  6. #6
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    Nov 2010
    sycamore, illinois
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    Default Re: Beginner with questions here!

    welcome to the forum vs.
    get in touch with allen fly fishing, those guys will set you up
    drop them a pm(they're members here), and you will get some great advice and some outstanding gear at a good price.



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    I agree with the suggestions to look at rod/reel packages for their price benefits, and to look at the Allen gear.

    Another good source of discounted gear is Sierra Trading Post.

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    i started out thinking 2 piece was better for some reason, now all my rods(even the ones i build) are all 4 piece. for one reason only, they fit in my truck better. action doesn't change. as for buying a rod buy a well known name brand because of the exceptional warranty and buy it on sale. look around even if its last years model so what. look for unconditional warranty because they don't care how you broke it. its a big investment take your time.

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    Jun 2011
    Buffalo/SRQ FL/Götebörg, Sweden
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    Another vote for Allen Fly Fishing here, I use their rod and reels and they perform excellently (as well as possessing a spectacular warranty and very, very reasonable prices). Given the increases in technology, it seems for all intents and purposes that 4-piece rods perform (with regard to action) on par with 2- and 3-piece rods.
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    another Allen supported here, I got my gear for xmas, after seeing gatortransplants gear, and talking to Justin at Allen online, top notch service. great gear for much less then those high end brands I wont mention. good luck.

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