The T! man among others tried to convince me on the Tenkara, but to no avail... There's just something about listening to a reel scream that gets me way excited... Some people like reels and some don't see the need for them. It's what makes the world go round, I guess!
Then, a few years later I found my go-to rod. The Sage VT2. I chose a middle range Sage merely because I couldn't afford the higher end. I thought it was a pretty good rod. But, I always had a problem in casting for a long time with it as it was a bit heavy. But, I did catch a lot of nice fish with it, so it served its purpose!
So, when I met up with the Midgeman and Bigerrfish in Colorado a year ago, I was given a rod to borrow for the day. Josh had just bought a new Ross Essence FC. I only had to cast with it for about 10 min to feel the difference between that rod and my VT2. Not saying that the VT2 is a bad rod in any way. But, for me and my lack of arm strength, I needed a lighter rod with a little more "whip finish" to it. And the hours that I put in on the water require a lighter rod, so that I don't get so tired. And as Josh said to me that day... When a fly rod "sings", you should listen. At Christmas, I headed out to find the best deal for the singing rod. Scheels, of all places, a large outdoors store wasn't where I thought that I would find it, but I did. And on sale! Originally $179., I got it for $149. I was THRILLED. Yes, it had been about six months since I casted it for the first time, but I knew that it probably still had its singing voice. In the dead of winter, snow flying... I took my great deal of a rod out for a whirl. And it performed. I grinned from ear to ear! It was precise, easy to cast and I was in LOVE with it!!!
Here is the best deal right now if you want to give it a try... Walmart - $113.01. I see 4 wt and 6 wt 9 ft rods. I have the 6 wt that throws like a 5. Perfect for medium to big water. The 4 wt would be a sweet rod for smaller creeks and streams, but could also work in medium size rivers. For the price, it just can't be beat.
No matter which rod you choose, just make sure it sings...
So you can sing along!