View Full Version : cheap fly rod combo or make one?

03-21-2007, 04:31 PM
is there any kind of cheap fly rod setup?? evething i have seen has been $90 up.

would it be better to buil one myself out of bamboo?? is it too much work?? ive seen the process and i think i can.

please i need suggestions as i cant pay more that $50 for a fly setup maybe less.

03-21-2007, 05:48 PM
cabelas has them for 50.00.....

03-21-2007, 06:08 PM
"like cattle in a field the emotionless children just froze. I must have been a site. 4 day beard no shirt covered in mud with dried blood covered leg. man""are you OK you look terrible. I slurred a few syllables at her and she looked aghast and shocked as I ran off down the road. To this day, I dont know what I said to her or who the hell it was. I think I spoke in tongues to her with the action afterwards, who the hell knows"


I hate to say it but it sounds like you missed a day on your meds.

03-21-2007, 06:10 PM
okay, okay...I went to the site and know I get it...you gave me a scare there!LOL!

03-21-2007, 06:20 PM
^^^ best fishing story ever

VVVV link in my sig

back to topic any other cheap setups out there?

03-21-2007, 06:32 PM
Pflueger makes a good starter kit.

03-21-2007, 07:32 PM
WALMART HAS A GOOD STARTER KIT...and it comes with everything to learn how to do it...even an 8 1/2 foot rod, line, and a couple flies...for a mere $20.
I think it is a shakespear, but I don't know. Check it out.

03-21-2007, 07:59 PM
You have very few good options with a $50 limit, so I'd bid on this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/SCIENTIFIC-ANGLERS-FLY-FISHING-ROD-REEL-COMBO-6WT-NEW_W0QQitemZ250095659489QQcategoryZ33973QQrdZ1QQc mdZViewItem

These combos were recently on sale at Wal-mart for $49.95. Scientific Anglers is the only name I trust in your price bracket.

Forget about the bamboo. There's a reason premium bamboo rods sell for $2,000 - $3,000. It's because it takes a lot of skill to build a good one.

If you can't get the Sci Anglers combo, go on some FF boards and see if anybody has a cheap combo they want to sell.

03-21-2007, 08:12 PM
I build fly rods, and other fresh water types. I will tell you what I was told many years ago, spend at least $100 or you will regret it. So I spent $75 for a combo from Bass Pro, the top half snapped over on a forward cast in it's 1st year.

Hate to break the news to ya but $100.00 rod blank alone is cheap, most of my rods cost between $250 and $1000. Cane rod blanks (bamboo) start at $350-$500 with final construction on some being as high as $2500.

If you build your own you might pull it off after doing a few, but you sink hundreds more into tools and chemicals.

My sound advise would be save some dough for a couple of years and go to Orvis for an middle of the road rod/reel for as little as $300.

DC Crappie Kid
03-22-2007, 09:48 AM
My brother got into fly fishing with the above mentioned $19 Shakespere combo from Wal-Mart. Is it perfect? No. Will it break? Probably. BUT does it work? YES. I borrowed a couple different combos before I decided to buy mine. BPS runs their White River combos 20% off from time to time. That's when I got my Indian Point outfit for $59. IMO, it's as good as it gets. But for crappie fishing you don't need all the bells and whistles you might want for trout. Once again IMO, buy any combo you want, get a good tippet (5lb, 7ft = $3), and invest the rest in your jigs. Academy Sports & Outdoors has two different options at $39, both of which look good.

03-22-2007, 11:49 AM
Yep , BPS White River combo is what I had. 123rd or so forward cast, it just sorta fell over uneventful into 2 pieces. So I drove to Orvis and treated myself to a setup for about $250. That was only the start of a whole new way to spend money (fly fishing is a sickness). I've done the leg work and spent the money for ya.

Fly lines start at 50 bucks, not rods.

03-22-2007, 06:59 PM