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: Help Needed for a Beginner

Sheriff Freak
06-01-2005, 07:01 AM
Ive Been fly fishing several times but I'm not to knowladgable on the subject. I have been looking at the sage launch rods because they fit my budget nicely. I'd like a stronger rod for salt water yet one i can bring to a pond and catch a bass or even a trout. Which weight should I purchase that would best fit. Also which reel as well? I like the looks of the titanium/chrome reels so I would aim to purchase one made of those materials.

first time posting thanks for the help.

06-01-2005, 07:42 AM
Hi Sheriff,

Make sure you cast several rods -- as many as you can -- prior to purchasing. You need to find the one that feels best to you. Go to a shop that has a good selection and start casting.

You won't find one rod to cover all bases and if you fly fish for a while, you'll end up wanting several rods. If you're fishing the salt and for bass, look into an 8-weight. This will handle weighted flies, big fish and wind. It's a very versatile line weight.

Later, if you want a trout rod, you can pick up a 4 or 5 weight.

As for reels, look for a reputable American company that produces quality, machined reels. This way you'll have a good product to begin with, and most likely service won't be a problem in the future. Look for a company that has been in business for a while, and which offers a lifetime warranty on their products.

When you buy, pick up an extra spool for the reel. This way you can keep a separate line ready to go for different types of work.

Good Luck,


Sheriff Freak
06-01-2005, 07:50 AM
Money Isnt really a factor when I purchase a rod. I dont want to spend a crazy amount but I can afford to spend a good sum on a fly rod. Ive recently landed a sweet job and have money to play with. So I know i wont need anything over the top since im just starting but any sujjestions in brands to look into? There are several fishing supply stores in my area but they all lack fly fishing supplies. I could travel up north to New Hampsier to check some out there. anyways thanks for the reply's.

06-01-2005, 07:51 AM
Welcome to the forum!

Take a look at the "getting started" thread - there is a lot of good stuff there. Sage is a fine company. Many other top name manufacturers have come on board with an entry level rod in the last couple of years thanks to the folks at Temple Fork - certainly check them out and if you get a chance compare before making the final committment.

At the end of the day, fresh and salt water are different environments and any tool used for both has to be a compromise. For saltwater where wind is frequently a factor I would look at an 8wt as a minimum. Others might disagree - its really a very personal thing and depends on your ability as a caster, the style of fishing you enjoy and the locations you plan to fish. An 8wt would be a bit heavy for the local bass pond but if you go down much further then you will struggle in the salt when the wind blows - which is most of the time in the NE. I use a 9 almost exclusively in the salt - occaisionally a 7wt for backwater /worm-hatch/ skinny water applications.

The 7 is also my favorite all-round freshwater bass rod. The 9wt comes out in the fresh if I'm chasing Pike with seriously big flies.

Sheriff Freak
06-01-2005, 10:02 AM
Now Im going to go see what my local stores carry but how does this set up sound to you guys?

Sage 690-4 Launch 6w
Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock BBS III Titanium
Sage Performance Taper line 6

I think i'll start out with a 6wt for the lakes in my area and move up to a larger one for stripe bass fishing later this summer. With a 6wt i can fish trout in rivers still correct?

06-01-2005, 11:19 AM
A 6wt setup should be fine for most of your freshwater outings.

Sheriff Freak
06-01-2005, 11:36 AM
excellent. Im so excited. Im waiting for some checks to come in the mail from past jobs Ive done. Once they do I will purchase a rod. I hope its soon because I will be leaving for a 14 day commercial fishing trip in a few weeks and I would love to get up north on a camping/fishing trip to break in the new rod.