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jajafofo 12-04-2012 11:40 AM

newbie from bama
Hey guys, just found this site today. I've been an occasional fisherman most of my life and thought it might be fun to try my hand at fly fishing. Anyway, I've got a $100 gift card to Academy, and I'd like to buy a few things to get me started with that. I was leaning toward the Pflueger Medalist combo they sell for $50. I'd also try to pick up some sort of beginner fly kit if they sell one. I don't want to spend a ton, mainly because who knows if I'll like it or if I'll be able to go frequently.

The only bad reviews I read about the medalist combo say that the 3 piece rod comes apart when casting. I'm guessing those folks didn't apply any paraffin wax before putting the rod together, so I've largely dismissed those reviews. I know the medalist reel is a good reel, but I've heard that the rod is the most important part of fly fishing (well, aside from technique). I'm thinking this rod will be ok to start with, and if I decide to fly fish more often, I can upgrade later. Thoughts?

Here's the combo:

Also, any recommendations on a good fly kit assortment? I'll be fishing trout, bream, crappie, and bass mostly.

Any recommendations on other crucial items for a beginner?

Thanks in advance, and I'm looking forward to browsing the forums!

Guest1 12-04-2012 12:07 PM

Re: newbie from bama
Howdy from the frozen North. Welcome to the forum. You have found the right place to start. Tons of good info and people.

Did you buy this rod and reel yet or are you just looking at it. You are right about parafin helping, but it sounds like the tolerances in the farrules are not very good. Unless you are distance casting it should not need wax to stop a coming apart accident.

Next, wooly buggers in a few sizes and colors are a cheap and easy way to start. Poppers of various sizes and colors again. Betts are available in a lot of places and won't break the bank.

jajafofo 12-04-2012 12:15 PM

Re: newbie from bama
I haven't made a purchase yet. Just looking around and trying to see what I can pick up on the cheap since I don't want to be out much money in case it ends up spending most of its life in the closet.

Guest1 12-04-2012 12:23 PM

Re: newbie from bama
OK, then. Here's the deal. That rod is short 2 guides. That and the coming apart thing kind of tells me they are not an overly great rod. Cabelas has a rod called a Three Forks that might be on sale right now and even if they are not are cheap. Cheap does not mean bad though. It is a perfectly good rod. They cast really well. If you start off with something that fights you it probably will end up in the closet. The reel is OK though. You may have to spend a tad more money this way but in the end it could mean the difference between you liking or hating fly fishing.

il_wi_fishing 12-04-2012 01:00 PM

Re: newbie from bama

Originally Posted by jajafofo (Post 504037)
I'd also try to pick up some sort of beginner fly kit if they sell one.

id stay away from tying kits and opt for a cheap started vise and a few materials to make a few fly patterns. seems like most of the kits ive seen come with a bunch of cheap **** and not alot of usable materials

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oh yeah, and welcome to the site

popperfly 12-04-2012 03:24 PM

Re: newbie from bama

Welcome from middle Tennessee.

billyspey 12-04-2012 04:51 PM

Re: newbie from bama
Being a Bammer why not check out your fly shop in Birmingham Deep South Outfitters ,you would have a chance to cast different rods in all price points.see which you might like ,may learn a pointer or two along the way.i was just by today they have a good selection of new and used. And Jasper they have a fly shop. By talking with a good shop owner that can help you get started on the right foot .Big box stores have little to offer except bad advice when it comes to flyfishing.

jajafofo 12-05-2012 02:53 PM

Re: newbie from bama
After thinking, reading, thinking, and reading some more, I believe my first fly reel will be this cheap pflueger:

And since I have a gift card to Academy, and I have no need of pretty much anything else from academy, I think I'll splurge and pick up this St. Croix rod:

Academy - St. Croix Rio Santo 9' Freshwater Fly Rod

I believe this should be a pretty good starter fly rig, right?

I'll pick up a few flies and maybe a cheap fly case to get me started while I'm there, then slowly pick up a few other things as I need them. Next on the list will be a good cheap rod/reel case. The one's at bass pro shop look decent, and I like the idea of leaving the reel on the rod.

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