redington rs2 or 3
best beginner rod for the money. progressive action and perhaps getting a line one weight heavier than rated will help a beginner feel the rod 'load' which is so critical to learning to cast. im sure a bunch around on discount. try sierra trading online if no fly shops around you. whatever you choose dont get suckered by salesman. rod and line should cost 95% of your budget and reel the rest for the quarry you stated.