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BlueRidgeBlue 07-28-2005 12:02 AM

Help, getting back into it.
 
Hi Guys,

I am just getting back into flyfishing after about a 13 yr absence.

Here is my issue. My X always bought the best of everything. T&T split bamboo, Powell, Bogdan reels... Heck the Orvis Presentation Rod I bought him as a wedding present wasn't good enough...he sold it for another rod. Am I bitter? LOL.
At least he left me with a custom spinning rod. Okay, so it has my marriage name on it, LOL...

Anyway. I can't afford to spend a lot of money on a rod and reel. Yet, I want the best. I know Sage, and Winston are good rigs, but what about an LLBean kit?

What about used? I would love a T&T rod, I enjoy fishing with them, but then what kind of reel?

I now live in NJ yup, feel sorry for me. But I am from Virginia and will fish back in those wonderful BLue Ridge streams.

My other question is what weight? I am used to fishing with ultralight weight tackle.

So guys, I appreciate your help...

Blue

juro 07-28-2005 06:59 AM

Hi Blue -

Welcome to the Forum.

Assuming you are talking about the Blue Ridge Mtn brookies, I'd say a 3 or 4wt shorter than 9ft would be the right medicine. See if you can find a used Sage LL 3wt, I found that rod wonderful for small stream trout fishing. But biting the bullet for a top-shelf rod nowadays is a great investment.

T&T is another favorite singlehand rod of mine, just su-weet to cast and beautiful worksmanship. There are many premium makes and models, most of us just feel them out until we settle. Hopefully something just clicks, for me it's definitely feel.

For reels, again so many choices - if you are thinking about tradition, maybe an old Hardy would fit the bill. Today's high tech (e.g. Danielsson Evotec, Bauer) offer some amazing feats of engineering for the humble sport of flyfishing. Ross reels offer a nice price/performance level, as do Teton/Tioga without any compromise in performance.

I can't read your mind but I'd guess a used Sage 3wt LL 8'3" and an old Hardy click pawl in good shape, a double taper line, and a nice hat might fill the bill...

FLGator 07-28-2005 11:16 PM

Glad you're back into the sport...

For the money I don't think you can find better performance than Temple Fork Outfitters products. They offer rods that cover the entire spectrum of angling, both single and two handed, fresh and salt. The quality and performance of their products is excellent and value for the dollar is certainly there. The warranty is excellent as well.

The fly line weight requirement is primarily determined by the size of fly your fishing, the type and size of water and the type of delivery necessary. What species will you be fishing for and what type of water? This will help narrow down the appropriate length and weight rod inorder for you to focus your choices.

Chris

bluegillbob 07-29-2005 02:52 PM

Hi Blueridge!

You can get quality equipment without spending large sums of money. TFO, Cabela's, and Bass Pro Shops sell quality gear that won't break your budget.

More expensive gear won't make you a better angler than driving a high performance car make you a better driver.

I have cast $80 rods that felt better than some $600 rods out there, but that's just me. Use what feels comfortable to you.

I landed my biggest bass on my 4wt. The bass went over 5 lbs and measured over 21". It was a lot of fish for that little rod, and the drag, line, reel, and rod worked nicely. Not bad for a $110 outfit from BPS. A 4wt outfit costing $1000 wouldn't have been any better for the task at hand. Until someone can prove to me that the higher priced gear is superior, I'll keep on catching fish!

baldmountain 07-29-2005 03:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueRidgeBlue
Heck the Orvis Presentation Rod I bought him as a wedding present wasn't good enough...he sold it for another rod. Am I bitter? LOL.

It's easy to see why he is your ex. The bastard!

Don't get too caught up on the most expensive gear. Unless you are a fly fishing demi-god, it is unlikely that you will be able to tell the difference between a T&T and a TFO other than the fittings on the T&T will be nicer.

The TFO rods others have suggested are good. (The TFO I own is my main fishing rod.) StCroix, Echo and even Orvis all have excellent value rods for not a lot of money. You may also want to go to your local shop and see what they have for last year's models. You can pick up some great deals on left over rods.

fcch 07-29-2005 04:23 PM

Welcome !
 
Blue,

I'll let these folks recommend stuff, as you're a ways from my homewaters, ... Just wanted to say a warm Welcome (back) :)

BlueRidgeBlue 08-06-2005 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by baldmountain
It's easy to see why he is your ex. The bastard!

Don't get too caught up on the most expensive gear. Unless you are a fly fishing demi-god, it is unlikely that you will be able to tell the difference between a T&T and a TFO other than the fittings on the T&T will be nicer.

The TFO rods others have suggested are good. (The TFO I own is my main fishing rod.) StCroix, Echo and even Orvis all have excellent value rods for not a lot of money. You may also want to go to your local shop and see what they have for last year's models. You can pick up some great deals on left over rods.

Hi Bald,

:chuckle: Of course that is only one reason he is my X!

Thanks!

Maria

baldmountain 08-06-2005 07:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueRidgeBlue
:chuckle: Of course that is only one reason he is my X!

So what did you end up getting? Do you like it? What rods did you get a chance to try? Or still undecided?

Eddie 08-07-2005 01:58 PM

sounds like you know what you want. go with your instincts and take it from there. the most important thing is get out there and not let the gear hang you up. I like Juro's suggestion, and would encourage you to buy from a local shop if you like them, and buy from our sponsors. you can't go wrong.


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