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Crystal River C/CTFK1 Fishing Rod/Reel Combo Eva Grip
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Crystal River Crystal River C/CTFK1 fishing rod/reel combo EVA grip. Fishing rod reel combos fly fishing kits. Made of the highest qualitiy materials
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I've used this at least 5 times now and I can say that I absolutely love fly fishing. There are lots of cons to this rod and reel, but ultimately, it has helped me transition into a really fun hobby.
So let's review:
-The flies that they give you are pure garbage. Don't disrespect the fish by presenting these flies to them, just throw them away. Never having fly fished before, I could tell the quality was terrible. The "wings" on one of them fell off rather quickly. My only recommendation in using these is to cut the barb off and just use it to practice casting in the yard.
-Casting can be rough. After using mine, which my buddy (who got me into it and fly fishes 24/7) claims "feels like casting with a broomstick", he let me cast off of his Sage rod. Let me tell you, night and day. It was so much more fluid. I certainly won't be getting a Sage anytime soon but I know that the CR rod is definitely subpar. The rod does, fairly frequently, come undone (where you piece it in). This can be a nuisance at times.
-The reel is nothing special, but it works. One thing I don't care for is how loud the clicking noise is. It is possible to "turn them off" but then it messes with the drag system.
-The leader is junk. It maintains memory pretty easily.
So even with all that being said, it is possible to catch fish using this setup. You can learn how to get your cast down and have some fun along the way. I would certainly recommend this for a beginner. I'm ready to move up to higher quality rods/reels and I'm only out $22. I'm sure I'll just use this as a spare but I'm ready for an upgrade. If you've been contemplating fly fishing for awhile and you're hesitant because the sport is so expensive, give this a shot. It got me sold on the sport.
**EDIT** Pictures posted
The reel and line that it comes with is not that great. I highly suggest buying this package for the rod alone and then purchasing a decent reel, which you can find for around 20-40 dollars. The reel it comes with is a very rudimentary graphite/plastic reel that just isn't that nice, but it will hold line. The drag on it feels non existent, and it is only a matter of time before it breaks and all it is good for is a line holder.
As far as line goes, it isn't a weight forward line or double tapered. It's a balanced line, which is a little more difficult to cast. I would suggest buying some weight forward line. You'll also need some dacron backing, as this set up comes with none. The leader is pretty standard fly leader and the flies are fine, though large.
Over all, I am pleased with this set up, and I am glad I bought it for the rod alone.
In addition, this reel is too loud even when reeling in line.
I ended up buying another reel from a competitor's site for just $14.
The rod is ok for an starter package.