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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kingston, Pennsylvania
Re: Help with fly rod please
You should be able to find plenty of fly shops around camp in Potter County. I would throw in a plus for St. Croix rods, I love my St. Croix 4wt. I would however be very wary of combos, many of the combos feature a good rod but less than great reel. Reddington makes good rods too and very reasonably priced, but their combos feature reels that I consider to be junk. Sometimes you can find good deals on Ebay.
I'd try out a few rods and find one that you really like, then shop for a decent reel. Okuma makes some good quality fly reels with good drag that you will use for Steelhead, not sure where you're used to fishing but I wouldn't tackle a steelhead with anything less that a 6wt. and I'd be worry about breaking that, 8wt. is what I would choose for steelies. A 6wt. is the most versatile as you probably already know, go for the 5wt. if you're set on that for trout.
You might also consider saving some money for decent line, I bought my first high quality fly line last spring and it has made a huge difference for me, but right now I'm using a $150 outfit with $80 line, I like it though. Really, you can never have too many fly rods.