So my son, girlfriend, and I went out to Tangle lakes last week, and, to m surprise, my girlfriend really liked it. She actually went over to Tangle Lakes Inn and bought her first ever fishing license. Her birthday is in 6 weeks and we're talking about going back up there for that weekend. I'm thinking I might buy her her own rig for her birthday.
She fished with a POS Zebco 33 on my 7' med Action trigger stick, (a bass rod I brought up from FL and stripped off the bait caster for her and the boy), and she really liked the reel. I'd personally prefer a spinning outfit, but she seemed comfortable with, and had good success with, the spin cast.
So...what's a good rod reel combo set up for a beginning adult fishing trout in streams? I'd like to buy something US made (I know, probably not possible) and she likes a 2 piece rod (which I despise). I'm thinking about a Light Action 6' minimum rod either as a spinning or spincast. I'm also thinking standard mono line (it's what I grew up with.)
I'm also looking at around $100-ish although,(unless I can find something US made for a bit more) if there is a good quality combo out there for less, that will let me put some of that toward other gear for her. (Sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, etc.) I don't want to break the bank, but I absolutely don't want junk.