Beginner outfit question

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Hey all, my father in law just learned me to fly fish! Been out twice and had tons of fun. Ready to buy a beginner level outfit, and need some advice. Looking at the LL Bean Quest, Redington Path, and Orvis Encounter outfits. I live in California, and plan to fish bass, steelhead, and trout. FIL suggested I get a 7 weight rig as a reasonable compromise capable of all. Would love to hear your thoughts on these 3 outfits, or suggestions of another path. Trying to keep it in the $150-200 range, but could go a bit higher if there’s a big step up in quality. However, I *cannot* spend more than about $300 because I have to buy one for my wife as well. Thanks for your help!
 

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For your budget, and since you are buying your wife a set up too, I would look at the TFO Pro II or the TFO Signature II. I like the Pro II the best out of the TFO line up, and my son has the Signature II and loves it.


 

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For your budget, and since you are buying your wife a set up too, I would look at the TFO Pro II or the TFO Signature II. I like the Pro II the best out of the TFO line up, and my son has the Signature II and loves it.


This is good advice. I started out my saltwater fly with a pair of Pro II's. Nice friendly rods. I still have and play with one from time to time.

Another quality, low cost option are the offerings from Moonshine. They include an extra tip section and a hard tube with all of their series rods and have one of the best warranties in the business. Their Drifter is a nice medium action rod that is forgiving but also fun (and only $199 with free shipping). I've got two of them - a 5wt for general trout and a new 7'6" 3wt for blueline exploring. I also have a pair of Midnight Specials and a pair of Outcasts - all are great rods for the $$, and the customer service can't be beat.
 

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Since you mention fishing Steelhead and Bass along with trout I agree with your FIL that a 7wt would fit that duty best. I also agree with others that the TFO Pro II is a great rod for the money, I purchased one for each of my 5 grandsons. I would add the cheapest Lamson reel they make and Rio Gold 7wt line. You should be able to get that done for around $300.00.
 

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You will get many good opinions here. If you go the Orvis route, go up to the Clearwater line. The Encounter line doesn't have much of a warranty (insurance policy). I fish Clearwaters, various TFO models and a Redington. I like them all.
 

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Redington VICE 8'6" 5wt(Trout) for either/both of you and a TCO Pro II OR another VICE in a 9' 7wt(Steelhead)....(*Personally I'd go with an 8wt...one Steelhead and she'll be HOOKED Bigtime!!!;-)). 8'6" rods possess a lot lighter swing-weight yet can throw almost as long a line as a 9' footer...distance isn't Everything! The 7wt is a little light but alter your casting stroke with one of the heavier lines and it'll handle light Steelhead stuff. Pretty nice performers for both of you.....
 
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How often do you plan to fish for Steelhead? If your everyday fishing would likely concentrate on trout and bass, you may want to consider a 9' 6wt. As you are a beginner, a 6wt would be better than a 7wt to learn on. If you plan to do a lot of dry fly fishing for trout, a 6wt has more advantages for delicate presentation. Also, spend your money on getting a quality fly line and fly-casting instructions, which will help shorten your learning curve. A Redington Crosswater 6wt outfit with a separately-purchased quality fly line could be a good starting point.
 
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How often do you plan to fish for Steelhead? If your everyday fishing would likely concentrate on trout and bass, you may want to consider a 9' 6wt. As you are a beginner, a 6wt would be better than a 7wt to learn on. If you plan to do a lot of dry fly fishing for trout, a 6wt has more advantages for delicate presentation. Also, spend your money on getting a quality fly line and fly-casting instructions, which will help shorten your learning curve. A Redington Crosswater 6wt outfit with a separately-purchased quality fly line could be a good starting point.
Agree with the above. Or even a 4 or 5 wt. I've been fly fishing for over 30 years and NEVER have felt under powered by a 4-5 wt with a stiff butt section. Redington and Echo Base both offer decent, affordable rods. And those "name brands"will be easier to sell if you want to upgrade in the down the road.
 
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