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Old 07-08-2019, 03:48 PM
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I like to fish a certain lake on my fish-cat (float tube) for trout. Trout are roughly 8 to 16" but can be quite heavy...up to 2 lbs probably. I drag a leech pattern whilst kicking around the lake. I lost my last rod and reel.

1. What is a good budget rod but allows for long casts and decent play. What length? I will dedicate this rod and reel to fishing this lake. It doesn't need to be expensive. I may use this set up 4 to 5 times per year.
2. Recommend a reel under $50 that has decent drag. Some reels in the past will spin when I pull the line out and cause a tangle. 5/6 wt I'm looking at Piscifun or Souyang (sp?)
3. Most importantly...I need a good line that will provide the right sink level. This lake is small and is around 20 to 25 feet deep. Near the shore I fish in 4 feet but never any shallower.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:59 PM
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Walmart has a Pflueger fly fishing kit with 8.5 foot rod, matched reel with line and some flies for 50 bucks. I really would start there. the most important thing is a good line, then a good rod, then worry about the reel last. All the reel does is hold your line. Unless you are getting into some really big game fish, you don't need a drag system, your hand can do all you need for drag. The key is TECHNIQUE! Knowing how to do it beats expensive equipment. All my rods and reels are Low Budget stuff but my lines are top notch. take good care of your fly line. Anyway, a 5/6 rod 8.5-9 feet long and a level floating line (or sinking) with a 9 foot tapered leader is plenty for trout bass and panfish. Go to Mad River Outfitters and watch their 14 part series on getting started in fly fishing. It's awesome!
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:45 PM
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Im using a 9.0 ft Cabela's Three Forks 6 wt. with a Prestige II reel for fish which usually are in about the same weight catagory as you are targeting and I am pretty dang happy with it and its performance. I think I paid just about 100 bucks or some change over that on sale, as I had been watching these for several months. Of course chasing trout here in Texas is sparse but we do have a lot of Bass and saucer sized Bluegills!
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Two options,
Dry flies I recomend a 5wt with a slower action. I use a Fenwick Royale (TFO makes a nice 5wt) with a WF5F Trout line.
Nymph and Streamers I recomend a rod with a sriffer action. I use a Sage 6wt with a Cortland WF6F/S.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:47 PM
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You wanted cheap so thatís what Iím running with.

Rod - Eagle Claw Featherlight 8 ft for #5-#6 line. This is fiberglass. I donít know what you mean by casts far but it will cast decent average fishing distance of 40-50 ft. Cost is $25 - $30.

Reel - Echo Base reel. Probably made in China or Korea but Echo is a good company based in the PNW. It has a 1 yr. warranty. Cost is below $40.

There you go as always your mileage may vary. The line you buy could exceed the cost of both together.

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Old 10-07-2019, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Island Bob View Post
You wanted cheap so thatís what Iím running with.

Rod - Eagle Claw Featherlight 8 ft for #5-#6 line. This is fiberglass. I donít know what you mean by casts far but it will cast decent average fishing distance of 40-50 ft. Cost is $25 - $30.
I learned to cast on a yellow Fiberglas Eagle Claw pack rod, that soft thing would let me throw all 100 of line and a good chunk of backing once I learned how to load and launch it.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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I like a 5wt medium action. If you are in a float tube you are casting close to the water. Watch your back cast. Bass Pro has some decent deals for around $150. Get a good floating line and use a weighted fly. Sinking lines will require you to do a roll cast each time before you reach cast. This could be a problem so close to the water in a float. Note a good fly line will cost $$. I have tried over lining the rod when casting close to the water and in windy situations.
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