As the heading says I'm looking for advice on new gear. I have an old scientific angler's 9' 6 wt. rod at home but the area I live is not really good for fly fishing so it hasn't been used in some time. When I pulled it out of its case the other day I saw the guides were coming off and the were some other signs of age.
However I just recently moved to a new area for graduate school that puts me just south of the Adirondacks, in a much better area for fly fishing than I used to live in so I decided to get new gear for spring, but I'm on a budget of around $300, a little over won't hurt me but I'd like to get everything I need with this, rod, reel, line, and possibly a case.
The advice I need is on the gear I am looking at: I'd like a 4 piece 9 foot 6 weight rod, reel and line.
Cabela's has a few rod/reel/line combos available that I like;
TFO Professional II w/ Cabela's Presige Premier Reel
St. Croix Imperial w/ Cabela's Presige Plus Reel
St. Croix Avid w/ Cabela's Prestige Premier Reel
or there is the Orvis Clearwater Combo. All are within my price range but I would like to know what ya'll think. I was leaning towards picking up the TFO alone and getting an Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock or an GLoomis Venture 5 b/c I question the Cabela's reel based on their reviews they recieved. But that would increase my price alot, getting the combo saves me 69.99 on fly line. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Ya'll!!