I have been a fresh water fisherman for over 25 years and have always wanted to try fly fishing, but never really got going on it. Now that I am in the Houston area and saw that there are lots of opportunities to fish for carp and bass in and around the city where I can walk and not have to have a boat, I am really wanting to give it a try. I emailed a fly fishing guide that works here in the Houston area for carp and bass and he suggested an 8 weight would be best for me.
I have started looking at all the usual places along with Ebay. I can't spend $150 on a combo that I don't know if I'll be able to learn to use or even like. If I get into it and find that I really enjoy it, I will certainly be looking for much nicer gear. Until that time though, I need some help in getting a lower cost combo that isn't junk.
What I'd like to ask you guys about first are the combos that are on EBay. They are in various weights up to 8 and it's the 8 weight combos that I am interested in. They start at $65 and go up to $90. They come with an aluminum reel. The rods are 9 feet long, 4 pieces listed as Medium Fast. The lower cost combos have rods that say they are IM8 graphite from Korea and the more expensive combos say they are IM10 graphite from Korea. Now I know that none of can really know for sure that they are IM8 or IM10. I'm just wondering if they would be a good combo to start with.
Here's an example for you to check out....Ebay Fly Fishing COMBO Ebay COMBO in IM10
I'd like to know what you think of this combo. Would you give it a try or not? Of course if you have one of these outfits, or the rod itself, I'd really like to hear what you think.
If you have other recommendations for a combo for someone like me that has never even tried to cast a fly rod before, I'd like to hear those as well.
Thanks for your time.