06-02-2006, 07:21 PM
Ok my buddy has been hounding me to get into this great sport. Fish mostly NY Catskill area waters. My budget is 250-350 totalling everything I need (if possible). He is telling me to get an Orvis set up, I can NOT afford it. What else do you recommend? I dont want to have to upgrade in a few years. I want something that will work and last but not no cheap set up either. I want a 8'6 5 weight from what he is telling me. Please provide me with specific rods/reels that are good from your expertise. Just a rod brand wont help me. Thanks.
06-02-2006, 11:31 PM
look at the temple forks fly rods. the low end cast well and are priced under $100
match this with a orvis battenkill or mid arbor battenkill (again around $100) and you'll be set
06-03-2006, 09:04 AM
I'd recommend a St Croix rod. They're excellent quality and very reasonably priced. An Avid A804.4 will serve you very well ($210) and you could use it for the rest of your life. If you want something a little cheaper, their new Reign series is pretty nice too. You can either get an R804.4 (4 piece, $150) or R804.2 (2 piece, $130). If you're planning on traveling with the rod at all the 4 piece is worth it. You could even save yourself some dough and get a Premier series ($80-100), but I think the Reign is worth the extra money.
For a reel, just find something inexpensive for about $40. It's just going to be a glorified line holder so there's no need to spend much money on it. Just find something you like the looks of that balances the rod well. St Croix sells a Premier CLA 456 for $40 that would work fine. I have to respectfully disagree with jlsimithii, I think $100 is a horrible waste of money when you have a limited budget since the rod and line are the most important things for fishing like you'll be doing in the Catskills (grew up in the foothills of them).
Budget yourself $60 to get a good quality line. Don't skimp on line. Any of the major brands really work fine. I have a preference for Scientific Anglers for my freshwater lines and don't think you can go wrong with those.
So with the cheaper Reign rod, you're looking at $130 + $40 + $60 = $230. This leaves you some of your budget for the misc stuff like flies, leaders, tippet, hemostat, line clippers, etc.
FYI, you could go the Orvis route. Their Clearwater and Streamline series are good entry level rods in your price range.
Many good choices in that price range.
However, if you grow into a serious affliction with flyfishing (which is easy to do) you will upgrade in a few years anyway.
So find yourself a nice outfit, enjoy it, and put aside a few greenbacks for that heirloom rod and reel you will someday admire with pride by the streamside.