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WenminkApril 9th, 2014, 12:39 pm
Bend, Oregon

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Hello, I know nothing about fishing or fly fishing so I hope you seasoned pros can help me choose a gift for my husband. He is very interested in learning to fly fish. I would like to get him some equipment to get started. I want to start out with a bare bones beginner's set since he might end up changing his mind and going back to just lake fishing. There is an affordable set at LL Bean starting at $79 and up.

Not sure which one would be the best choice or do you all think the less expensive ones are not worth it? I read that the Orvis streamline combo is great for beginners but they have sold out of it at the price of $129 and I can't afford much more than that.

I'm not looking for super expensive since I figure once my husband gets into it and has more experience he will choose a better quality one in the future. Also not sure of the weights to get. I live in Central Oregon so there is a plethora of fishing spots of all types. He has talked about landlocked salmon and fishing on rivers and creeks more.

Hope someone can help! Thanks.
TaxonApril 9th, 2014, 2:39 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1311
Hi Michelle-

Given the LL Bean combo options in the link you provided, I would choose the Quest II Two-Piece Fly Rod Outfit @ $99 with a 9' 5 Wt. rod, Item #:TA234597.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
MartinlfApril 9th, 2014, 7:44 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3047
Cabelas has a combo on sale, normally 119.00 for 79.00. Roger's suggestion of a 9' 5 weight rod is a good one for all around fly fishing. Here's the link:|/pc/104793480/c/104721480/sc/105571980/Cabelas-Wind-River-Combo/1342342.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffly-fishing-rod-reel-combos%2F_%2FN-1102570%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105571980%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown%253Bcat104793480%253Bcat104721480&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104793480%3Bcat104721480%3Bcat105571980

If that doesn't work Google Cabela's and look for the Wind River combos.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WenminkApril 9th, 2014, 10:33 pm
Bend, Oregon

Posts: 2
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your input!
TroutBumsOctober 11th, 2014, 9:47 pm
Cincinnati, OH

Posts: 13
This is a pretty old thread, but a question asked hundreds of times a day. Once you decide to become a fly fishing nut, here is an idea that can introduce you to fly fishing and reduce frustration. Go to this URL and you will see what I mean.

I hope this thread gets active again, especially this time of year...Christmas is a good time to introduce newbies to fly fishing

Ted Holcomb

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