can someone help me chose a fly fishing rod and reel?

I Like to fish a fairly small river the Powell River to be specific for smallmouth and the clinch for fairly large trout. I’d like to keep it fairly cheap any ideas?

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6 thoughts on “can someone help me chose a fly fishing rod and reel?

  1. Cabela’s has some really good combos. Just get the best one you can afford. For the fishing you describe, I’d go with a 9 foot rod, either 6 or 8 weight. The 8 weight would be better for bulkier flies or weighted streamers. The more expensive rods use better graphite in them. They cast much more smoothly and load better. That’s why I said get the best you can afford. The quality is directly proportionate to the price.

  2. Here’s my pick:

    Pflueger Medalist reel model 1594 1/2 RC-($31.99) : Pflueger Medalist Series reels are very durable, inexpensive, and have been catching freshwater and saltwater fish for many years. And At $30 you can afford to buy an extra spool for $12.99 !!!
    I’ve caught 5-6LB Largemouth Bass and 10-12LB saltwater Redfish with this reel with no issues. A Medalist is a great beginner reel for anyone wanting to start Fly Fishing.

    You have a number of options with rods. In Fly-fishing your rod is the most important feature. In my opinion, you should purchase either:

    a. Cabelas Three Forks Rod model 908-2 2 piece 9′($49.99)

    b. Cabelas Temple Fork Rod model TFO 8902 2 piece 9′ – ($109)

    c. Cabelas Temple Fork Lefty Kreh Pro COMBO model TFO 8906P 4Piece 9′- ($239)- This includes reel, rod, backing, and Line. (Understand, that decent fly-line is usually in the $40-$50 range.)

    Go to http://www.cabelas.com to read reviews on the above suggested Fly outfit’s.

    Hope this helps ya? Good fishing!

    PS- Travis gets my vote for best answer for this quote alone,” The quality is directly proportionate to the price”.

    UPDATE: The reason I suggest you get a 7-8 weight VS a 6 weight is: Where you find Smallmouth you will find Largemouth. Largemouth can get twice the size of an average Smally. And although Smallmouth are a lot “scrappier” than Largemouth you may need the extra weight for that “unforeseen” 6-8 LB L-Bass that comes along. And it’s a bit easier to “turn over” a larger Bass fly/bug with a 7-8 weight. If you know for a fact that you won’t encounter L-Bass go with Pheasant or Airflo’s suggestion.

    Thumbs to Pheasant & Airflo.

  3. cabelas has some nice beginners combos and l also agree with travis. but go with a medium action. they’re a bit more forgiving for beginners.

  4. Smallmouth and fairly large trout – I’d say a 9′ 6wt is the way to go.

    As far as keeping it cheap, i would definitely check out
    http://www.kmdtackle.com – they have a wide array of reasonably priced rods and reels. If you e-mail them and tell them what you want specifically or ask for their
    recommendations, Kevin will go out of his way to help you.

    You’ll need fly line also – don’t go too cheap there –
    the quality drops off the edge of the table with “bargain
    basement” lines. Cortland 444, Scientific Anglers Lefty Kreh series are both very good lines for less than
    $45

    tight lines

  5. Have to agree with the other posters- a 6wt would suit you best, depending on the size of the bass a 7wt would also suit, without being too heavy handed.
    Another point i must agree with, you can spend a small sum on a rod, but what you really need to do is buy a quality WF line-to match the rod, in this case a 6wt, a floating line is all you need to start with.

    As for rods, well i wouldn’t normally recommend TFO(temple for outfitters) but recently i cast one and for the price it wasn’t all that bad. They have enough power in the blank to handle harder fighting fish, i also recommend a model with a fighting butt, for ease of use. Redington is also a brand i would suggest looking into, if you don’t want to spend too much, kmdtackle.com, has the cheapest prices for redington i have seen online, so check them out!

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/horizontal-pod.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/pod-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20431-cat600020&rid=&indexId=cat600020&navAction=push&masterpathid=&navCount=1&parentType=index&parentId=cat600020&id=0029716

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/horizontal-pod.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/pod-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20431-cat20469&rid=&indexId=cat20469&navAction=push&masterpathid=&navCount=4&parentType=index&parentId=cat20469&id=0044179

    Another cheap option, although not a combo, for a reel, i suggest buying the okuma magnitude, if you plan to keep the price down.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20431-cat20465&id=0044052319581a&navCount=11&podId=0044052&parentId=cat20465&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=IJ&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20465&hasJS=true

    Okuma magnitude
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/standard-pod-wrapped.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/pod-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20431-cat400002&rid=&indexId=cat400002&navAction=push&masterpathid=&navCount=13&parentType=index&parentId=cat400002&id=0013543

  6. yep, get a combo from Cabela’s> i took up flyfishing for Smallies last year. It is frustrating to say the least when you know you could be catching them on your usual rig and bait.

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