I know almost nothing about fly fishing. I should tell you that first. However, if your buget was important. I got a Hobbs Creek rod/reel combo (Bass Pro Shops) as a gift. The whole set up is under $200. Alot of my friends do fly fish, and they said it's a decent rod? I've caught Nice Trout, small (very small) Bass, and Bluegill on it. I got the Bass of a fly that looked like a wooly bugger w/ a propeler in front of it. It was at a pond that I ussualy get them off black rooster tails. Anyway, like I said I'm not experienced or anything. I'd fly alot more, but I'm uncoordinated, and terrable w/ knots.