Once again all the replies above are really good advice. I am going to give you two little inside secrets. I have been guiding for trout salmon and steelhead for about 5 years now, and fly fishing since I was 3. The one thing you always have to keep in mind is your rod means everything. Depending on how much money you want to spend, spend the most of it on the rod. Your reel is only there to hold your line, and reel in fish. Secondly Gander Mountain out here in Scranton, PA has a few St. Crois packages for 120 bucks on clearance. THose are really nice starter rods, because they load energy really well. So there is my .75 cents on the topic... Good luck in your quest for a rod and reel. TIght Lines