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Suggestions on a starter rod/reel/line?


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#31 ihang10

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 07:26 PM

I'd start at the 5wt range to cover a lot of species.  I pay much more attention to the rods than I ever do my reels at weights below 7 or 8.  

 

 I think for the initial cost, you can't go wrong with a combo for under $150 (likely less).  Once you figure what you want from fly fishing, you can expand with a lighter or heavier rod (from Steve :) .

 

Take the time to learn and practice casting.  All the gear in the world isn't going to help anyone if they can't cast.  

 

So, to recap, get a rod, probably a 5 Wt, and get some casting practice in.  Lots of good videos in the interwebs.   



#32 FlaFly

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 09:37 PM

Well, Peachy.... whaddya think?  I told you when you asked that question that you'd get a hundred different opinions.  It's what happens around here.  Now you'll have to take in all these opinions and still have to figure out what is best for you.  At least you know one thing:  there are lots of guys/gals with different gear, and virtually all of them love what they have (and think it's what everyone else should have).  So whatever you end up getting, you'll most likely love it, and think everyone else should too.  ☺


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#33 Adam Saarinen

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 01:05 AM

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#34 Peterson

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:48 AM

I would recommend the Allen Compass. http://www.allenflyf...ass-rod-series/ it comes in 4,5,6,7,8 wts.

It is an excellent rod for $100. Nice medium/fast action rod that won't break the bank. Its a lifetime warranty on all rods and they come in a nice heavy duty rod case.

 

You could get a cheap reel for the time being, and upgrade if you want to later.

 

Like many above me have posted, the bass pro rod/reel combo isn't a bad deal (especially if you are just starting out), but you would eventually want to upgrade.

I'm relatively new to fly fishing, and I am confident I'll be fishing with my Allen 4wt. for a while before I upgrade.



#35 Hatchet Jack

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:24 AM

A very good starter reel for trout/panfish is Okuma's 4/6 Cascade model.

"Graphite" body, massive square inches in the disc drag department.

Reel won't self destruct if dropped, unlike some of the inexpensive cast aluminium types.

 

Rod? I recommend a two-piece 8'6", 5 wt. for trouts, & a two-piece 9' 7/8 wt. for larger fish.

Trout line - DT 5 wt.

Bass line - WF 8 wt.

 

Off topic, but try to learn the double haul for flinging larger flies, very efficient, saves the shoulder too.

 

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#36 PeachySteph

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 08:09 AM

thanks for all the replies! I finally bought this one: http://www.walmart.c...it-3pc/20742841

to start with. I practiced with it yesterday (no fly/hook of course, just a little paper to mimic the weight of a fly) on our street and my daughter was standing at a specific spot on the road and my aim is excellent (always within 1-3" of her feet). I think my aim is better with a fly rod than with a spinning :P

 

i plan to go out and have a go at the marina down the road from here today. i'll be sure to post a status report ;)


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#37 Gene L

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 12:18 PM

Congratulations.  The Medalist reels are hard to find, new.  Is it a 1494 reel?



#38 artimus001

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 12:26 PM

now the funny can truly begin smile.png

 

if i understand correctly, you are practicing on the driveway? this can be really hard on the fly line. grass is the best area to practice after water.


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#39 PeachySteph

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 05:14 PM

Congratulations.  The Medalist reels are hard to find, new.  Is it a 1494 reel?

 

yes, it is the 1494 reel. :)

 

 

now the funny can truly begin smile.png

 

if i understand correctly, you are practicing on the driveway? this can be really hard on the fly line. grass is the best area to practice after water.

 

not the driveway. but the lawn/street. about 50/50. 

 

we went to one of our fishing spots today to really try it out, and well.. let's just say that I felt like a kid just learning how to fish all over again. ;)


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#40 bass master

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:09 PM

Didnt want to start a new topic on this subject. I am still new at this whole tying and fly fishing. But am not a pro at either. But I have been using a very old shakespear rod and reel. Has to be at least 25 years old. But I can catch fish with it. I wanted to get a newer set up for this year, Used or new. I was on e bay for weeks. I came across Willow and cane. They do mostly bid. I feel i got a great deal on a new rod and reel at about $50.  Its 7-8 weight 9' long. I do bass and carp..Love the carp.  Before you say you get what you pay for.  I was trying some casting at the park. And wow!  They have other weights too. but great for someone that dont want to spend a lot or even as a 2nd or 3rd.  Im just saying take a look. Go to Ebay, click advance, click by seller, Type in willowandcaneshop. Hey, Im happy with it. Like I said Im not a pro and I dont need the best equipment.  All you need is something that can toss the line on the water. 

 

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#41 flyty1

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 12:42 PM

Right now Bass Pro has their Hobbs Creek 4 pc fly rod outfits on sale - they come in 8 1/2 ft 5 wt, 9 ft 5 6 or 8 wt versions - great deal for $130! Decent rod, reel with disc drag, backing, line, leader, and a hard case for the assembled rod and reel - with the 2 year gear guard, you can make sure you will get a full replacement if anything happens!