I’m starting to fly fish and want a rod of my own. Any help on finding a cheap and effective rod and reel? Thanks
I was just thinking along the lines of under 200... I’ve only fly fished for about 3 months and I’m liking it. Your your fine with asking. Also would 9wt, what would you recommend for a lot of trout, snook and redfish fishing a 9wt?First, not trying to be a smarta--, but what is your definition of "cheap?" You can get a new 8wt Synch combo from Cabelas for about $160, or a Redington Crosswater combo, 9ft, 8wt for $170
Step up a Little bit and get a TFO NXT combo for about $210. The only limit is your budget.
You can get individual rod, reel, line, and get more specific and spend more, or go with a generic combo and save. But beware when buying combos. The line many times is a lesser quality line. It will work, and is good for practice, but you will benefit by getting a good quality line.
I was just thinking along the lines of under 200... I’ve only fly fished for about 3 months and I’m liking it. Your your fine with asking. Also would 9wt, what would you recommend for a lot of trout, snook and redfish fishing a 9wt?
Alright. Thank you for the comment man, will definitely use this.@clearwaterfisherman For what it’s worth... I was just in your shoes last spring and I’ll add that I’m just now getting decent at a double haul. The best advice I was given when I took a casting lesson at my local shop was to find a good, reputable, durable reel (I got a decent deal on a new/used Hardy,) a cheap rod (I found a Redington for $30), and have the shop match the line for your needs/skill. He told me that no matter how good I got, I would always want a newer, better rod and if I could cast accurately with a beginner rod, I’d be just fine down the road.
Thank you so much! I will look in to these rods.So here is my story that may help....a long time ago, I got interested in fly fishing thanks to a Florida Sportsman article written by Norm Zeigler about snook in the Sanibel surf. I extrapolated the info and translated it to my experience on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. My dad bought me a "cheap" 9 wt. outfit from BPS for around $200. With practice and experience, I got better and desired lighter, faster gear. Within 6 months I upgraded and have found myself doing so every so often since until I have what I have now which I'm very happy with. My advice is, if you are already into it, get the best outfit you can afford. Don't just go "cheap" just to get into it. If "cheap" is all you can afford, then you are golden. But don't short change yourself for the sake of saving a buck if you don't have to. There are differences between quality fly gear and "cheap" fly gear. You want a quality delivery system and it starts with the rod and the line. Find the rod that best suits you and find the line that casts best with that rod. Ultimately, the reel holds the line and backing and tends to be the flashy piece we all notice in pictures. Unless you are dealing with big backing fish (tarpon, permit, bonefish, big reds) the big dollar drag reels are overkill. Anything beyond a click drag that holds up well to saltwater will suffice. You'll get a million suggestions but one outfit I can think of is an Orvis Clearwater combo. I'd go with an 8 wt. Good all around weight for snook, reds, and trout and anything else >40#. A fly rod outfit is an extension of your body. You want it to be the best extension it can be.