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#11884185 - 10/16/16 08:55 PM First fly combo?
DancesWithSquirrels Offline

Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 129
Loc: Carrollton, Texas
So I'm thinking of buying a fly fishing combo, called Wild Water Fly Fishing Completel 5/6 Starter Package. Anyone have it and recommend/not recommend it? By the way, here is the link to it.

#11884391 - 10/17/16 12:59 AM Re: First fly combo? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
MassAction Offline

Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 130
Anything that gets you out on the water is great. My one caveat is consider the warantee of the equipment you're buying. With fly rods it's not if you break one, it's when, so paying a bit more on the front end can ease the heartache when disaster happens.

Fly fishing is easy to pick up but impossible to master. I would encourage you to look into some lessons to lower the barrier of entry. You don't even have to pay, Orvis has free casting classes they teach which are a great introduction. After that YouTube and time on the water are really all you need. Personally, conventional tackle has become a bore after taking up the fly rod, so get out there and fish!

#11884396 - 10/17/16 01:51 AM Re: First fly combo? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
karstopo Online   content

Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 487
Loc: Brazoria County
My BIL got one of those combos. I thought it casted great. I really didn't study the components, but I was favorably impressed by the value of the set up.

Learning to cast isn't something most folks get instinctively. I took videos of my cast and compared to pro casters to see what differed. I now have a servicible cast. Its not really getting better, but it's good enough to take and hit some shots at fish. I've added a decent left hand cast and that really helps out on stalking fish when the wind doesn't work out for the other hand. To get better, I'd probably have To take lessons. I've gotten happy with my mostly inexpensive gear and self taught cast.

Fly fishing is what you make it. If you are into perfect, you can do that. I Used To think that's what you had To be to have any luck and fun with the sport. But there is tons of room for okay gear and casting. Its really fun getting fish on the fly rod.

#11884461 - 10/17/16 06:44 AM Re: First fly combo? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
KurtActual Offline

Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 140
Loc: Cypress, TX
I second what MassAction and karstopo said. Fly fishing has made conventional tackle boring.

I currently own and use the Wild Water combo you've linked. I recommend it on this basis:
It's a 5wt rod/line. It's light enough for panfish and heavy enough for small to mid size bass.
It's a 4 piece rod (which was very important to me, so I could fit it in the back of my wrangler)

Be aware, 9ft of rod is a lot of length to handle for bank fishing (like me) I've already lost a few flies to trees. Also, the flies it comes with are worthlessly tiny.

Otherwise, realizing its a FULL setup for sub $100, and you can have it to your door in 2 days is what sold me on it. I do not regret it at ALL!
Instagram: kurtonthefly

#11884490 - 10/17/16 07:10 AM Re: First fly combo? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
karstopo Online   content

Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 487
Loc: Brazoria County
Cabelas sells its CGR ready to go combo for $159. I like shorter rods like the CGR for bank fishing and stand up kayak or boat fishing. I have the 4-5 wt and the 7-8wt. Love them both.

#11884640 - 10/17/16 08:50 AM Re: First fly combo? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
RonL Offline
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Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 705
Loc: W.Texas
Cabelas' has their RLS+ Combo on for $169.99 right now . It's really been their best seller and it is always fluctuating in price . When I bought mine it was $199.99 but less than a few months it was $129.99 then back to $179.99 and now $169.99 . But I have used it and I really like it well . I got the 5wt . If your planning on a lot of bass fishing you might go with a 6wt since your new at it . 5wt is the best all around size tho . I use to flyfish back when I was younger so not new to it just rusty a lot frown . But I do recommend it , the reel is top quality not that casting material . Best thing about it tho is the rod has Lifetime warranty like many others but if your close to a Cabelas just take it to the store and they will replace it . As far as learning taking lessons if available is highly recommended if you can , if you can't there is a lot of videos on Youtube and many of the name brand flyrods have teaching videos online . Orvis , SAGE , Reds Fly Shop and The New Fly Fisher . com has great videos . Just google them up and go to their website . Here is a few links :

#11884838 - 10/17/16 10:23 AM Re: First fly combo? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
txbassnewbie Offline

Registered: 07/02/14
Posts: 141
Loc: Flower Mound

some good starter rods that come with lifetime warranty

fly rods in the classifieds

Edited by txbassnewbie (10/17/16 10:25 AM)


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