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Question by Elliott Balthazor. Uploaded on June 25, 2009
my first fly fishin setup was a st. croix triumph series combo. i think it runs around 160 but it's worth the money. i never had any problems with it and i still use it alot for packin trips. i know the scientific anglers rods run around 100$ but they are not very good. i had a couple buddies buy them and they broke within weeks.
Cabelas has a couple starter sets that are worth looking into. Decent quality and in the price range you are looking.
I just started fly fishing a year or two ago and i was told to go to wal mart and get the scientific angler fly rod that they have. It has treated me well and it was only $20. you can get a good reel with the money left over and save up for a better rod if you want to. Let us know what you end up with. good luck
If you catch one of the large sports shops on one of the large fishing sales they always have nice combo kits for around $100. The kits have about $250 of gear in them.
If you go to Cabela's they usualy have a fly shop inside and they have some good combos to get you started.
I have been fly fishing for about 12 years and have run the gamut from affordable gear (the Martin combo from kmart gave me the rod, reel, line, leader, tippet, and 12 flies for $39) all the way up to a Winston rod with an Abel reel. I have to say I am impressed with the new combo packages being offered by Scientific Anglers. They are packaged by species, so you can select trout, bass, etc. and get the rod, reel, line, etc. plus species-specific flies AND an introductory DVD for very close to the price you are asking. I am seriously considering buying one of these outfits for my son. He's only 5 years old right now, but it will be ready when he is.
Sorry to double-post, but I dug up a link for those Scientific Anglers combos I mentioned:
you can buy a martin at kmart for 22 bucks which are ok, but if you tie on a big fish good luck. ive had better luck searching for heavier weight rods and finding them cheaper, with the exception of crappie poles
I would make a trip to a Cabela's if possible. Explain to them what you want and ask for suggestions. i recently visited the Post Falls Idaho Cabela's much to my delight there were three 'older' folks working the department(I'm old too)They were all long time fly fishermen and well experienced with what worked and good combos from beginner to expert. In my opinion nothing can spoil a new fisherman then someone with no real experience selling them the wrong gear.
Agreed with fisheromen and + 1 for you sir!!!
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