Pflueger Fly Rod Starter Kit
Bought this to "replace" a very old rod/reel that I use very infrequently. There are a couple of issues that become apparent quickly:
1. The rod ferrules (where the 3 pieces come together) do not fit very snugg-ly. Even if you really seat them well, you'll wind up casting a piece or two of your rod downstream. You constantly have to re-seat them to prevent this. I've used it probably a dozen times and the windings are cracked already. Perhaps my rod was an anomaly, but I doubt it. The Ferrules already have begun to crack (See photo)
2. Other reviewers are spot on when they complain about the line. It's pretty junky.
3. ALSO the line tends to slip between the spool and reel housing, always at the worst time possible. More of a reel problem than a line problem. It got to be where I'd rather wind my line around a stick than this reel...
A lot of products are good for beginners as they just are not meant to last - that is what I expected out of this. This is a product that is not meant to last AND does not perform satisfactory for what I feel a beginner would need. I would not recommend it to a beginner because the 3 aforementioned problems would certainly turn someone off to fly fishing.
October 6, 2014
Good starting kit
Bought this kit as I wanted to try fly fishing without breaking the bank. I've caught a few trout on it and it seems like a good deal for someone who isn't sure if they want to invest into the sport. Its a 3 piece and my end piece sometimes comes loose and flings out into the water while casting. The reel is some type of plastic/polymer and seems like it could break easily with too much abuse. Comes with a decent set of flies, fly line and a tippet. Pretty much all you need to get going. The tippet was taped to the back of the little cardboard insert and I nearly tossed it when i threw away the packaging.
November 11, 2014
Not worth the money
I got this kit as a gift for my dad to try and get him into fly fishing, and being a fly fisherman myself, I have to say that this kit is not worth the money for a starter setup. There are other kits that aren't much more cost wise, but worth what you spend (check the Hobb's Creek setups). The reel was setup with right-hand retrieve even though 80% of fly fisherman use left hand retrieve, so I had to take it apart to change. Plus, there is no real drag system, it's set at a tight drag and can't be changed. The rod has terrible action and is way too stiff for an 8' "trout" rod. And the line that comes with it is pretty lousy.
March 26, 2012
Good for beginers
I've had this combo for about a month now. I've used it about 10 times and its performed very well. I personally have had no problems with it. Its great for catching bluegill and bass. The only thing i dont like about this combo is the reel is composite.
September 17, 2014