Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
This combo was my very first fly rod and reel. It lists at a pleasant 40 bucks online and I believe the same in stores. For that price and every things that comes with it you get everything you need.
The rod itself is actually a pretty good rod, I was able to learn on this rod pretty quickly. It has a stiffer butt section and flexible tip which is good for the beginner. I was able to get the feel of the weight on my back cast but still gaining distance on the forward. It is a 5/6 weight rod which is a good rod to learn and apply to different streams.
The reel is made from hard plastic. I would't slam it on rocks but it has held up for many fish now. It does what it needs to and hasn't bogged down through my small stream and river trips as of yet. I can regularly put my flies in 70 foot range maximum cast if needed, so it's basically fishable anywhere from small streams and lakes to the big rivers. The drag system is a little clunky but still works o.k. for what I need it to do.
I'm still relatively new to the sport of fly fishing. I can roll cast a couple different ways, I can mend my line in the water, I can do the basics of what I need to and I learned them all with this set-up. If your worried that the quality of the combo is going to slow your learning down or impede you in some way... don't. It is a pretty cast-able rod for what it is. The butt is pretty stiff but the rod seems pretty sensitive towards the tip section. I will say that being a three piece set-up you need to be sure to push the connecting ends together firmly to seed them. My rookie self shortened my pole on several cast. If you don't know what I mean:
I casted the top third off and it went skiing through the lake until I could reel it back in. Fun times.
The package included a couple wooly buggars, mayfly nymphs, one or two larger minnow streams, and a couple others that worked well on the bass. Honestly the flies they supply are probably a 7 or 8 dollar set in just flies. I fished them pretty heavy and have 2 or 3 left after many fish (and some trees) have torn up the rest.
Should I buy?
If you want your gear to be marveled by fellow anglers or if you believe that the price of your gear attracts fish then by all means look elsewhere.
But if your like me and need wallet friendly avenues to the outdoor game then this is a great package. If you are thinking about taking the plunge into fly fishing but want to dip your toe in the water first this is THE package to get. Reliable enough and functional enough to give a mouthful of a first taste swinging a fly and cheap enough to justify it as a fling if needed. I'd recommend this set-up for the broke outdoorsman like myself.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!