In search of an upgrade; expertise needed
Hello all! I am a relatively new fly fisherman. I began fishing around 2-3 years ago. My main quarry is trout in tight-quarters WV streams, although I occasionally pursue bass and panfish. Until this point, I have been using a 8'6 #5 White River Hobbs Creek rod and reel combo from BPS. I have been quite pleased by this setup, but look to improve upon this with a new rod and reel. I am looking to spend $150-$200 for the rod and something like that for the reel. in total, I look to stay UNDER $350 for the whole setup. My two candidates to this point have been the TFO Professional II rod in 8'6 #4 ($149)...
...and the Cabela's LSi, also in 8'6 #4 ($189)
If anyone has knowledge of these rods, I would like to know. I like the LSi because of the looks and from what I have heard of the performance. Although the looks of the TFO are slightly less pleasing to me, I have heard it is a phenomenal rod and the lifetime warranty is reassuring. As to reels, I have considered the Lambson Konic II
but haven't put much thought to it. Any help or suggestions outside of my options shown here are more than welcome and appreciated. Thanks much!
EDIT: I apologize, I realized after posting that this is in the incorrect category in this forum. This is a mistake on part of me being unfamiliar with this forum. My apologies.
Spend your money on the rod and a new fly line. For the type of fishing you are describing the reel does nothing more than hold line. If I had $300 or so to spend I would go with the TFO BVK rod in a 4 or 5 weight and a +1 line for bass/panfish fishing. For example if you by a 4wt rod, buy a 5wt line when warm water fishing and stick with the 4wt line as an all around trout line. If you go with a 5wt rod then get a 6wt line. Spend the rest of your money on a used reel. You should be able to get a nice used reel in that size range plus an extra spool for under $75. I can give you many options if you like. I have a reel addiction problem so I have lots of choices.
Later on when you have more money you can get a fancier reel if you like but you will not have to. A good rod is a life time investment.
Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your input. I actually found that my local Cabela's is having a sale this weekend in which the Redington CPX ($300) will be going for $150! I have been told it is a great rod and the sale price is phenomenal. Would you agree with this? I believe will be purchasing this with the Lambson Konic II.
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