I'm making plans to make Alaska my home. I'm sure I'll be asking questions that have been asked before, and I apologize for that. I just wanted to see if I can get some updated info. I have been researching and learning about fly fishing. I am amazed at the cost of some of those rods out there, I'm sure alot of craft and research went into them and that is the reason. What I want to know though is if I don't buy the $294 rod, but choose the $131 rod, is the quality difference that much? I know that I won't be able to get a rod that can handle king salmon and trout effectively lol! I figured I would shoot for buying the heavy rod and reel first. Based on what I am learning, I figure a 9 wt rod would be enough for King, but I would like some advice buying a rod. Like I said, I don't want to necessarily spend $300 on a rod unless I have to, but I don't want to give up quality because I didn't. I really think, based on what I am finding out about fly fishing, it may become a new obsession for me lol! Including crafting fly's! I would also like some input on reels. I would like to see a rod reel combo that would give me the widest range of different size fish I can get with one rod. Down the road, I'm sure I will purchase more, but for right now, I need to stick to one. Thank you for your time.