I've been a spin fisherman my whole life, but I'm starting to fly fish. I have a 9' 5wt that I bought as a cheap combo from Bass Pro for $150.
So far so good. I used it a few times and always caught fish. It does what a rod should, it puts the line out there, then the reel pulls it in if a fish takes the fly.
I'm coming up to King Salmon next August and I want to bring up a 9' 8wt. When I go into fly shops they tell me I'm crazy to bring up a cheap combo. Then they show me $$$$ rods and a cheap rod, and honestly I can't feel the difference.
I'm looking at this combo for next year: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...3Bcat104721480 it has really good reviews.
I should add that I'm a pretty serious shotgun competitor and shooter. I have a bunch of shotguns, and spent about $2000 on my competition gun, but I shoot it every weekend. If a new shooter asks me what gun to buy, I always tell them to get something cheaper, it works just fine for what they're going to use it for.
What do you guys think?