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TedderX  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 1, 2016 8:29:34 PM(UTC)
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I'm willing to spend up to $300 on a rod and $300 on a reel.

I want a four-piece rod in 4 or 5 weight and an "older" design reel that you still have to use backing for instead of the newer design.

What companies or brands should I be looking at?
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DanE  
#2 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:30:33 AM(UTC)
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TedderX wrote:
I'm willing to spend up to $300 on a rod and $300 on a reel.

I want a four-piece rod in 4 or 5 weight and an "older" design reel that you still have to use backing for instead of the newer design.

What companies or brands should I be looking at?


Totally depends on your preference. Buy the best rod for that cost. Search for deals on closeout rods and always check e-bay. I bought a 6wt Sage based on some advised from kschaefer, and got it for 1/2 price off of e-bay. Cabelas has the Sage VXP on sale at the moment in that price range, I have not used it but heard it is a good stick. If you can, cast some rods first. I have attached this year and last years Yellowstone Anglers 5wt shootout. The 2015 may have rods that are discontinued at a good price. Lots of good information in both. I bought the Fenwick Aetos based on their recommendation as it being the best inexpensive rod in the test and it is a great rod.

http://www.yellowstonean...dyzenith-loop-optistream

http://www.yellowstonean...age-bolt-loop-optistream

For reels I would look through different websites, Cabelas, Montana Fly Co, Fly Fishers Fly Shop, etc. Or you could look through the manufacturers sites too. As an example, Pflueger reintroduced the classic medalist reel with the retro look, and sells for $130 at Cabelas. Find one that appeals to you and buy it.
William Schlafer  
#3 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:59:01 AM(UTC)
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Ross Rapid is a fine reel that I've had my eye on for awhile now. And it's only $100. I have an similar Ross reel that I've been fishing with for six years now as my primary reel and it's held up great.

The Echo Base Rod has been talked up here and on other websites and is an incredible value at $100. I've been told it out performs much more expensive rods.


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mbchilton  
#4 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 7:07:57 AM(UTC)
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I'd spend $400-$500 on the rod, and $100-$200 on the reel.
MikeJuran  
#5 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:28:51 AM(UTC)
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mbchilton wrote:
I'd spend $400-$500 on the rod, and $100-$200 on the reel.

100% agree ...... reel in driftless is mostly a 'line holder' ..... drag isn't very important and a $100-$200 reel would more than suffice .... if you are chasing big trout out west in current, then reel may become a little more important ....
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Ctrl_Alt_Dlt  
#6 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:33:57 AM(UTC)
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I am about to order 2 of these from Cabelas.

A few buddies of mine own this reel and they all love it for what it is.
mbchilton  
#7 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:51:01 AM(UTC)
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Someone mentioned the new Pflueger Medalist reel earlier. I'd check into it. Classic styling on a click and pawl reel. You could get a nice rod from Orvis, Sage, St. Croix, or others with the money saved. So much about a rod is preference. Sounds like you want an all around trout rod for a variety of techniques and fisheries. The Recon from Orvis is supposed to be a great rod. You might look at the 8'6" #5. St Croix's Legend Elite and Avid would fall in your price range, as would Sage's Approach and Redington's Vapen. The Winston Nexus is $475.
kschaefer3  
#8 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 10:04:23 AM(UTC)
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mbchilton wrote:
I'd spend $400-$500 on the rod, and $100-$200 on the reel.

Exactly what my reply was going to be. And fwiw the Sage VXP is a great rod for the price Cabelas is selling them for.

Juran - Agree that reels are more important out west, but I bet almost any reel between $100-200 would do just fine. In case you forgot, I caught a decent size bull trout on a $200 reel. BigGrin Flapper
MikeJuran  
#9 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 11:22:04 AM(UTC)
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kschaefer3 wrote:
mbchilton wrote:
I'd spend $400-$500 on the rod, and $100-$200 on the reel.



Juran - Agree that reels are more important out west, but I bet almost any reel between $100-200 would do just fine. In case you forgot, I caught a decent size bull trout on a $200 reel. BigGrin Flapper


How can I ever forget Kyle ..... you keep reminding me!Flapper ... You know that song during deer season "30 Point Buck" .... I am thinking of writing you one called "30 Inch Bull" ..... Razz
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kschaefer3  
#10 Posted : Thursday, June 2, 2016 11:24:13 AM(UTC)
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MikeJuran wrote:
kschaefer3 wrote:
mbchilton wrote:
I'd spend $400-$500 on the rod, and $100-$200 on the reel.



Juran - Agree that reels are more important out west, but I bet almost any reel between $100-200 would do just fine. In case you forgot, I caught a decent size bull trout on a $200 reel. BigGrin Flapper


How can I ever forget Kyle ..... you keep reminding me!Flapper ... You know that song during deer season "30 Point Buck" .... I am thinking of writing you one called "30 Inch Bull" ..... Razz

Now you're starting to add some real value around here!ThumpUp I'll lobby for Eddie to keep you around a bit longer.Flapper

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