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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-28-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Help with fly rod please

I am in the market for a new fly rod. I am over my beginner rod and ready to move onto a better more advanced rod. Ill be able to spend 200 to 225 either for a nice advanced combo rod or a rod alone depending on my options. I looked at the rio santo rod but did not care for the reel. Ill want a 9 ft 5 wt for trout on bigger creeks and steelhead. I could use any help from fellow fly fisherman. Thanks
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-28-2013, 11:40 PM
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Re: Help with fly rod please

I would suggest you cast a few different rods and buy what feels best to you. Dont go by what someone else likes. Some people like slower action rods, some like faster actions.

Good luck, Tony
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Go to an Orvis shop in August and get their closeout rods. You can get a $300 rod for $175 to $200. If you do make a rookie mistake, all you do is pay for shipping ($20) and you get a new rod.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 12:43 AM
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Re: Help with fly rod please

TFO makes some really nice rods and they are not too expensive

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Re: Help with fly rod please

Where can I cast the rods at? Is there any " legendary" small fly shops in sw or central pa? I also have a camp up around potter co
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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.
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I would suggest you cast a few different rods and buy what feels best to you. Dont go by what someone else likes. Some people like slower action rods, some like faster actions.

Good luck, Tony
The best advice. Buy the best rod that is suited to your casting style, and suits 80%+ of your fishing situations. One rod won't fit all situations. If you have to buy only one rod, be sure it will fit 80% of the fishing that you do. (the 80-20 rule). Other wise cut your per rod budget in half and buy 2 rods. (i.e. 7'-6" 4 weight for smaller streams and a 9' 5 weight.
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if 1 rod could fit all casting styles and fishing situations then comanies would only make 1 rod, but alas they don't. too many people think the more a rod costs the better it must be. that may be true but the best rod for you is the 1 that feels best when YOU cast it not me or the other guy or even the famous guy on TV. it has to be right for you. granted 1 rod may cast well for many styles of casters but you won't know if it will cast well for you until you try it. most shops will allow you to lawn cast rods. some even have rental programs. try as many as you can before making the jump. most reels are for holding line so don't go overboard on a reel; that is until you get to be a gear junkie. and get good line, it does not have to be $80 to be good. cortland 444 as a great line for the money, also hook and hackle has store brand that is very good 2, i have a few of theirs and really like them. also check out this site for clearance items

http://www.mrfc.com/MadisonRiverShop...x?CategoryID=4

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Re: Help with fly rod please

A 9 foot, 5 weight rod is good for trout, both in PA and the west.

But it's very light for steelhead.

A 9 ft, 7 wt. would be good for steelhead and smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing.

Regarding rod brands and models, there are many good ones to choose from in that price range. St. Croix and Redington are two I'd check out.
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Re: Help with fly rod please

what kind of fishing are u planning on doing with it, mainly nymphing, dry fly etc...that would be the firs thing i would look at
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