Fly Fishing Combos
Fly Fishing Gear
Fly Fishing Combos
Any angler can save a bundle by purchasing their fly rod in a combination
package that includes not just the rod, but also the fly reel, the fly
line, backing and either a rod tube or rod sock.
By and large, beginner and intermediate anglers are the folks who purchase
combination packages the most frequently. As such, the majority of combo
outfits are targeted towards them.
Yet, many very high-quality fly rods from Sage, G. Loomis, and others
are also available in fly rod combo packages. For this reason, if you
are lookiing for a high-end (and expensive) fly rod, it is not a bad
idea to check out what combination outfits are available. Quite frequently,
an angler can get a high-end combination package for not much more than
just buying the fly rod all by itself.
So, what kind of fly rod combo should you get? And what features should
you look for? And how can I find the one I need? We'll jump into that
Shop & Compare Fly Fishing Combos
Combos - Compare
combos that are available from Cabela's, G. Loomis, St. Croix,
Temple Fork Outiftters, Redington and others.
Priced Under $200 - These
combinations are for new anglers, for the kids, and for those
just looking to have a spare rod (or a rod used for occasional
circumstances). New anglers who want some decent gear are
advised to step-up to the next price level.
Priced $200-$300 - I
consider this the "sweet spot" for beginner anglers. If you're
new to the sport, within this price range you'll find many
quality rod and reel combinations that you won't soon outgrow
(or become frustrated with).
Priced $300-$400 - This
price range contains the "sweet spot" for Intermediate anglers,
who lack the money to buy a full-fledged top-line system,
but still want a quality fly rod and reel.
Priced $400 or More - Within
this price range, you'll find combination outfits that contains
excellent fly rod and reels, including rods by Sage and G.
Fly Rod Combo Shopping Considerations
If you are looking for a fly rod combo that includes the rod, reel,
line, backing and case, well....you are in for a huge surprise. Combos
are everywhere - and come with a dizzying array of options. Cabela's
fly rods alone EACH have about a dozen different configurations available.
Couple that with about 20 different fly rod/fly reels available, and
you are looking at well over 200 different combination packages that
contain a Cabela's fly rod and fly reel. Needless to say, that is a dizzying
amount of choices especially if you don't know what you're doing or looking
So, let's break things down to the fundamentals.
- Start with Package Price - The obvious starting
point when shopping for a fly rod combo is to figure out how much you
can realistically spend for the whole thing. For beginner anglers,
I would consider a combo package between $250 - $400. You can spend
more and get an awesome outfit, but for beginners it's not fully needed.
You can also spend less and, most likely, come away disappointed that
- Determine Fly Rod Weight - Selecting a combo is
no different than selecting an individual fly rod. You need to know
the fly rod weight. And that, of course, is based entirely upon what
types of fish you'll be going for. For trout fishing, a fly rod weight
of 4, 5, or 6 is a good choice. Read more about Fly
Rod Weight if you aren't sure what I'm talking about.
- Determine # of Fly Rod Pieces - This refers to how
many pieces the fly rod breaks down into. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7? The more pieces
the fly rod breaks down into, the tighter the package it is and easier
it is to pack around. If you plan on traveling a lot, a 4 piece rod
is very nice. Otherwise, a general 2-3 piece rod works well for general
all-around trout fishing.
- Determine Fly Rod Length - This is easy. Generally,
a 8.5 to 9 foot rod is the best choice. Get an 8 foot rod if you'll
be fishing small streams and creeks. Otherwise, for most other rivers,
a 8.5 to 9 foot is the rod of choice.
- Don't Forget the Other Stuff - Fly rod combos are
great in that they include the rod, reel, line, backing and rod tube/sock.
Yet, don't forget to have enough money left over for the fishing vest,
the waders, sunglasses, flies, leaders and some wading boots too! A
fly rod combo gives you the basics - but it doesn't give you everything
you need all by itself!
Find a Fly Rod Combo
Big Sky Fishing.Com
Top of Page