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I used each reel with 12-pound test monofilament line, and also tried 50-pound test braided line on each of the saltwater-oriented rods. (Braid can come in handy for lighter weight rods and reels, but for the more casual angler, it can also bring on the nuisances of knots and snags.)
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From the mouth of the Hudson River in New York to the Cook Strait of New Zealand, I really beat up these rods and reels. I tested all rods and reels from beaches, rocks, boats and riverbanks. I fished with lures in rivers for trout and salmon and set 1- to 1.5-pound live baits from my skiffs, catching ocean fish up to 20 pounds with each rod and reel. I also tested them on smaller bottom fish, like summer flounder, sea bass and porgies (or scup). While I didn’t test much in lakes or ponds, I did spend several days fishing freshwater rivers for trout and smaller salmon.
Fly-fishing can be even more challenging and frustrating because it’s a that involves a lot of movement, as opposed to just casting a hook, opening a beer and waiting, so to speak. It’s also among the most expensive approaches to fishing in terms of equipment and time spent learning it. My advice is to wait and see how much you really enjoy fishing in the first place, and then save bigger investments in fly rods and reels for later, once you’ve decided that you’ve really got the bug.