What are the best fly rods for beginners?
Well, there are a number of solid fly rods for novice anglers, including some great rod and reel combos that make things easy on the newcomers on the water.
Here are some popular fly rod and reel combos for beginners hoping to try their hand at fly fishing this season:
Redington Crosswater Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo
The Redington Crosswater is my new favorite because it's not only ready to fish right out of the box (preschooled with backing, fly line and leader, not to mention a rod and reel case), but it's very inexpensive (available for $119.95) and still represents the quality you'd expect from a Redington rod. In fact, I was so impressive with this combo, I bought one to hand down to my kids when they're old enough to get out on the water. Read the review of the Redington Crosswater Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo.
Hobbs Creek Fly Rod and Reel Outfit
Another inexpensive fly rod and reel combo worth looking at is the Hobbs Creek Fly Rod and Reel Outfit available via the White River Fly Shop at Bass Pro Shops.
It's a little more expensive ($139.99), and doesn't have a name brand like Redington behind it, but they're decent starter rods for newcomers to fly fishing.
In fact, this was my first fly rod and reel, and the combo held up well for a couple years.
My reel took a beating, because I did a lot of hiking and boulder hopping with my rod in hand, but I was able to get a replacement reel for $39.99.
Talk about a bargain.
Redington Minnow Fly Rod and Reel Outfit for Youth
If you're a fan of Redington, the Redington Minnow Fly Rod and Reel Outfit is another nice setup for kids ages 6-12.
The rods are "kid friendly" in their design and are easy to cast thanks to the medium-action graphite rod.
These rods also come with the Crosswater Fly Reel, which we've previously noted is great, and is also prespooled with RIO Mainstream WF Fly Line and knotless leader. And they're reasonably priced at $69 to $99.
Pflueger Fly Rod Starter Kit
One of the most trusted names on the spinning reel front, Pflueger also makes a solid fly rod starter kit that includes an 8-foot, three-piece, #5/6 weight fly rod.
The metal, single-action fly reel comes fully equipped with 50 yards of backing, 25 yards of 6-weight line and a 7-6 4x tapered leader, not to mention a knot booklet and fly assortment and box.
At $59.99, it's not the best beginner rod and reel combo out there, but it's one of the most affordable.
Compare prices for the Pflueger Fly Rod Starter Kit (just $39.99 on Amazon!)
Ross Journey Youth Fly Combos
Another solid youth combo is the Ross Journey Youth Fly Combo, which is a little more expensive than the previously mentioned combos because it comes with a instructional DVD and is great Ross-designed Flystart arbor, disc drag reel.
The Ross Journey Youth also has a smaller handle size and shorter rod for the little ones, so it truly is a quality fly rod and reel made for young, beginning fly anglers. Priced at $229.
Scientific Anglers Fly-Fishing Starter Kits
Scientific Anglers might be best known for their lines, but don't sleep on their rod and reel kits for newcomers to the sport.
The kits include a graphite rod and reel pre-spooled with line, backing and leader. Like the Rodd Journey combo, it also includes and instructional DVD and box full of flies.
The kits come designed for trout, bass and panfish, and are priced at $95.