I tried one of the super - cheap fly rods a few years ago, watched some videos on how to roll cast, then went out expecting to bring home some fish. Those of you who have "been there, done that" know exactly what I'm talking about. I had several bites, but was never able to get one to shore.
I plan to spend some time this year learning to fly fish, and I'd like to take a step up in quality from that old 29 dollar starter kit. My budget is around $100. I might be able to squeeze out a few more dollars for a really good rod and reel combo. I already have a pretty good collection of flies, so this is for rod and reel only. I plan to fish lakes and smaller rivers/creeks for trout, grayling, Dolly Varden, etc.
I'd appreciate advice from experienced budget fly fishers.