My buddy at college needs a new steelhead rod, but being college student he doesn't have a bunch of money. He asked me to ask for everyones infinate fishing wisdom. He wants a an 8'6" 8-12 weight. Thanks for any help.
I was in the exact same position and your friend last year. I bought a Berkley IM7 8'6" 8-12# for $70.00. Then I threw a Shimano Curado on it for $120 and had a pretty decent set up for under $200. I probably could've found a better deal, but at the time I needed a rod and had no time to spare 'cause the fish were in the system and I was missing out. I've heard good and bad about these rods, but in my personal experience, I really like them. If I had more time I would've looked for something used. Seems like a lot of guys have rods that are just collecting dust and you can get a great rod for really cheap this way. Just my .02.
I assume he needs a reel, and the ones stated in this thread for a lower budget are way too high priced. A 5500 C3 would do just great- for steelies or nooks, he can find one hear on the ifish used probably in the 40 range +/-. Or new for 55$. All he would need to do is post,,,NEED A 5500 C3 for a beginner and the gang here will surely jump at the chance. But new the pain is relatively low in the pocket book.
I am sure he doesn't need a curado, nor the spoolage of a 6500, let alone a C4 if he is in college. my 2.3 cents.
Thanks for the help guys. My buddy and I will probably head for sportsmans today and try and find what he's looking for. Probably gonna end up with a Lamiglass even though I told him how much I love my Northriver. Oh well.
I'd have to agree with Gus, even though I went a different way when buying mine. I have a couple of 5500 and they are great reels for the money. If he's on a really tight budget, this may be the way to go.
On the other hand, I believe MOST of the available moneys should be spent on buying a good quality reel (not saying that the 5500 isn't quality). I chose to drop the $120 for a new Curado because I believe the reel is by far the most important piece of equipment you have as a fisherman. I will say now, after using my Curado for almost 2 years, that is was by far my best investment in steelhead/coho fishing I've ever made. I could've probably put together a good used set up for around $110 or so ($50 for a used rod, $60 for a reel), but I don't regret spending that extra $90 at all. I love these reels and can't say enough good things about them.
I was in downtown Vancouver about a week ago....waiting for the bus. I walked over to the pawn shop....just to see what they have. I found about a dozen Lamiglass rods with abu reels for around $150-200. I asked the guy where they came from. He had said that a guide was going out of business and needed some money. I don't really like to buy stuff from hawk shops, you never know if I was helping some coke head get a fix....but the guy said that the original owner brought them in....so I've thought about going back and picking up a super expensive set up for real cheap. Have your friend look around for deals...they are always out there. My .07