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: my new steelhead rod!

05-14-2007, 11:28 PM
after driving myself insane i couldn't bring myself to spend 190 bux so i instead opted for the $99 cabela's brand rod/reel combo in a 8wt size. it comes with line leader backing and a large arbor reel with disc drag with a cork washer. also comes with a rod and reel case and a video on how to fly fish.
I know name brands are the so called best around and i should of prolly saved up for one instead but I figured if this can last me a year or 2 I can get a great rod if I get better at fly fishing. so anyone try one of these poles? the reviews are good and the one review that sold me was the one where the guy says he fishes for atlantic salmon and catches 20+ pounders and they run 100 yards and his rod/ reel held up great. well hope it works good enough for me and at least a season of steelie fishing! might use it for bass and blue gill even tho they are over powered by it. i still got my $20 martin 6 wt i can use for the blues. just scared to hook into something big with it. it doesn't have any drag system but your palm!!! here is the website and the combo. hell if the combo doesn't work i got a rod and reel bag at least lol.

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05-15-2007, 02:04 PM
This ought to work fine for you. It is a myth that you have to spend big bucks to start fly fishing. All you really need is a half decent rod and reel with a good line that matches the rod, and off you go. You already recognize that as you gain more experience fly fishing and get better at casting down the road, a better rod will serve you better; but as a beginner, you don't need anything more than what you have.

In fact, as you go down the road a few years and decide it is time for a better rod, just get the rod and keep using the reel because when you come right down to it, a fly reel is really nothing more than a place to store line since it is not involved if casting the line at all.

05-16-2007, 07:36 AM
Yeah, this rod should do what you need it to. More expensive rods are often more difficult to cast than cheaper rods because the actions are built with more experienced casters in mind.

For the most part I agree with flytyer that reels are a place to hold line, but once you hook into a bonefish you'll be glad you have a good drag! A good drag will come in handy on a striper, blue, or salmon too, though you could live without one if you had to.

05-16-2007, 09:20 PM
thanx! good to kno

Nooksack Mac
05-19-2007, 06:27 PM
A friend has a 9-foot 8-weight from, I think, that same series, that he used to catch Pacific salmon (mostly chums) with no problem. I found it to be a medium action that was reluctant to throw tight loops, but it cast to normal distances readily.

A 'beginner" outfit like this is never a waste. After you buy better rods, reels, and lines of the same size, it remains as your valuable backup against theft, breakage, or unequipped companions.