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Old 09-16-2004, 02:18 PM
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Advice on saltwater outfit

I am looking to get a saltwater fly outfit, but I don't want it to cost me an arm and a leg. Would a fly reel not specifically for saltwater work if it was cleaned and rinsed after every use? I will be fishing the flats primarily for redfish, snook, and trout. Anyone know any good reels for my budget of around $100 or less. I also need a rod, are there any saltwater combos out there, or rods for like $150 or less?
Thanks alot, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-16-2004, 02:39 PM
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A freshwater reel is not going to work for you no matter how careful you are with it. Many of the reels advertised for saltwater still corrode. SW is very tough on gear.

Not sure if you can do $150 but here are a couple of suggestions:


Temple forks pro series
Recently discontinued Sage DS series

Teton Tioga
Sci Anglers System 2

Ebay might be worth checking out....
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Old 09-16-2004, 02:44 PM
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Thanks, I'll check those out.
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Old 09-19-2004, 07:31 PM
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I was looking at the redington rs2 outfits, with the gd series reel. Would that be sufficient?
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Old 09-21-2004, 11:50 AM
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Salt Water Outfit


Welcome to the club. Before going out and plunking down a bunch of cash, take a look on Ebay. I have had remarkable success finding reels, lines, and rods there, and have saved mucho $$$. I recommend frequenting fly shops and buying from them once you're "hooked" and upgrade to finer equipment, as the personal service and other benefits from such a purchase are priceless. But, for a starter outfit, and one you could use as a backup or loaner to introduce friends to saltwater flyfishing, go to ebay and look into thge flyfishing section. I've seen Sage rods for <$100.00 and reels can be had for the same price.

Good luck.

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Old 01-17-2005, 08:19 AM
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i would not recomend your FW reel for SW use. it wont last long in the salt water enviroment and a nother draw back is that most fresh water reels wont hold much backing! not a big deal if you are fishing for seatrout however when a big red fish or tarpon grabs your fly istead, your day may come to an early end when you are left with out an inch of line left on your reel. e-bay will be your best bet. if you are going to be fishing the salt more than once or twice a year you might want to spend a little more and get a quality combo that will last for years instead of spending $150 and up-gradeing after a while. you could get a nice combo from Burleson sporting co.( which is selling a SW large arbor reel/rod combo with backing and fly line for $271 which you will be close to that amount if you spend $150 for a combo, then $40-$60 for fly line and a nother $20 for backing. if you dont want to go that route then check out the redbone fly rods. i had a 10wt redbone as my first SW fly rod and it was well worth the money it was about $100 at sports authority, and you could check e-bay for a reel. good luck!

(sorry if recomending that web site was against the rules, still not sure who we can recomend and who we cant, just trying to help the guy find quality equipment- not trying to "plug" any one's business.)
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Old 01-17-2005, 11:52 AM
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I've been using the Okuma Integrity models for several years on stripers and salmon. I'm sold on the price and performance of these large arbor reels.
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Old 01-22-2005, 05:30 PM
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worth the $$

Spend the money on a really good rod and reel, it is well worth the money, it will mean the difference between a great day fishing or a lousy day fishing. Sage, Orvis or Thomas&Thomas rods and Tibor, Billy Pate reels. You'll dish out a wad of cash but you'll never regret it. A good rod will make the difference between a good cast and a great cast, and when you accidently hook that huge tarpon, your odds are greatly increased with good equipment.

At the very least get Redington rods and reels, Temple Forks rods a really decent, Scientific Anglers reels system 2 reels are really good but you have take VERY good care of them. Rinse, disassemble and clean everything immediately after you use them. Let the backing and line dry before storing.

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Old 01-23-2005, 07:40 AM
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Hope this doesn't come across the wrong way but I highly doubt you can get a SW rod/reel combination for $150 that will last more than one season if you fish more than occasionally. As much as my rods and reels get down to the beach and flats this is definitely the case for me; I would wager a month or two and the proof would come out in the pudding.

A rod is pretty salt-proof however the rigors of delivering big flies in more demanding situations like wind, surf and big fish soon take their toll on quality compromised gear.

A less than battle-worthy reel must have every vulnerable part serviced per each outing or it will fall prey to rust. Better reels have (among other things) fewer parts vulnerable to corrosion, are machined from bar stock, and are proven to last for decades.

In summary, you really do get what you pay for in my humble opinion. The ol' Yankee saying "penny wise, pound foolish" applies.

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Old 01-26-2005, 03:09 PM
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Another thought. Now that that a new season is approaching. I would contact guides and see if they will sell you their last years models. Guides now are usually not as busy, could use the money, and some will for sure upgrade with a new year. You could pick up a big brand, high quailty rod and reel for a fraction of the price. Sure the rod and reel will some will have some wear and tear but inspect everything over really well, you could probably get them to throw in the backing and fly line as well. I would rather buy high quailty used w/ some wear, than something brand new that is cheap. Just something to ponder while your looking for a outfit.
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Old 01-29-2005, 11:03 PM
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Look at Cabelas

Cabelas has a Redington RedStart II with reel, line and backing for $199. Cabelas says they are for saltwater as well as fresh. These carry a great warranty from Cabelas.
Re saltwater corrosion, most rods and reels will last more than 1 year if you treat them right. As soon as you get back to your abode, take a shower with them and wash them thoroughly
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