Originally Posted by bluegillbob
For around $100, you can get a high quality starter outfit from Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, and others. I have the Hobbs Creek combo in 4wt and 8wt. Both run about $110 each, and they work fine. You don't have to "outgrow" the Hobbs Creek combos; I've been flyfishing 5 yrs and still enjoy using them.
Get a casting video or dvd to help you with your casting. I have downloaded pages of tying knots off the internet as well.
If money is tight, those $20 outfits that Wal-Mart sells will still work. I've used them, and caught plenty of bass and bluegills on them.
Keep your line clean and lubed while casting. Practice your casting as well.
Hey Bob, thanks for the help. Nice to see another North Carolinian! The rivers where I live are pretty smothered by trees. Though there are some
large, clear, open areas, for the most part casting space is a little confined. I want gear that will handle big bass, but I want a rod that's not too big. Would an 8' rod and 5-6 weight line work good? Thanks!