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englishspringer 05-15-2013 08:25 AM

New to Fly Fishing in MA
Hi All, I took the 2 day Orvis Fly Casting school in Manchester VT this past weekend and now I'm fired up and ready to jump in to the sport! I am looking for help with fly rod outfit recommendations for up to $350.

I will be fishing small streams & medium size rivers here in MA but also a lot of time on huge lake Winnepesaukee in NH.

Talking with the Orvis guys I think I need a 6 weight set-up to handle the lake and the great smallmouth action plus Trout and Salmon in the Spring while also being able to handle the small trout in the rivers.

I'd like to buy Orvis but the Clearwater outfit for $250 is on backorder until late July and I want something now. The Access is very nice but it costs $500 so too much. Would a 5 weight Clearwater work for what I want to do?Any non Orvis recommendations?

Thanks, Dave

noreaster 05-15-2013 08:30 AM

Re: New to Fly Fishing in MA
The Flying Pig rods are getting good reviews from some experienced fly guys here. St. Croix rods have done well in performance reviews. Sage rods hold their own. Even some Reddington rods are making splashes. Many good rods out their. Read as many reviews as you can find. The internet makes it possible to buy a good rod if you do your homework.

Rip Tide 05-15-2013 03:21 PM

Re: New to Fly Fishing in MA
Dave ... first welcome to the site!

You should ask somewhere up above where more people will see it on different rigs to consider. There's no end of folks around here that are willing to help you spend your money :D
Personally I think that if you're going to be fishing the big lake, you should stick with the 6wt rather than drop down to the 5.

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