Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Kevin, take this for what it’s worth, but you can get a new okuma slv590-4 on Amazon.com for less than $70, and even get prime2 day delivery on it. This was still my favorite SH 5wt up until I finally found true love in a blank that cost 5 or 6 times that. Guides I have given it to have said they liked it and expressed surprise that it was not even a mid-price rod. I think it would be an awesome rod for a beginner. Similar things can be said for some of the cabelas rods. And you certainly can find a decent reel to keep the whole package significantly less than $150.
I learned a long time ago to renormalize most suggestions given here - we have expensive tastes!
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick