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Suggestions for beginner fly rod/reel for freshwater pond?

Postby surffisher » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:35 pm

Hey guys - I have minimal fly fishing experience and am looking to buy something to get started in our small quarter acre pond (largemouth, sunfish, etc.) at our house in Chatham Co., NC. The banks would be great for practicing casting. Any suggestions on a relatively inexpensive fly rod/reel combo?

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Re: Suggestions for beginner fly rod/reel for freshwater pond?

Postby toddkfly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:27 pm

Probably say a 6 wt. would give you the most versatility based on your water. 8'6-9' long would be a good start. St. Croix has some real nice starter rods as does Redington. Not sure what your budget is but these are good starting points. For reels there are a pile from about anywhere that will cover you.

If you plan on doing any saltwater with any type of frequency, there are other rods that will do better than what I have listed below.

http://www.stcroixrods.com/product/st-croix-rio-santo
http://www.redington.com/prod.php?k=501 ... Crosswater
http://www.sageflyfish.com/dyn_prodlist.php?k=299018
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templ ... hasJS=true

Good luck!

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Re: Suggestions for beginner fly rod/reel for freshwater pond?

Postby lwflyrod » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:38 pm

I agree with Toddkfly on the rods/combos he suggested.
About 5 years ago I bought my son Brad (BCflyfisher) his first flyrod from Cabelas was a 5wt that worked really good until 2 years ago when he got real serious and got better. We mainly worked freshwater trout then, He still have that rod along with about 4 others of different weights now.
A 6wt would be best more versatile for you since your looking at brim, bass and a variety of species, especially if you plan on doing any casting/fishing on the OBX.

Good Luck
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