Our 3 Best Fly Rod Combos Under $300

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If you’re looking for the best fly rod combos under $300, chances are you’ve already moved beyond the starter fly rod you chose to begin with.

There are a ton of excellent rod and reel combos in the $200-$500 range, however, for those of you on somewhat of a budget, the three rods we’ve selected here should suit your needs just fine.

Here are the best fly rod combos under $300.

While in the diagram above the rods are not ranked, below, we’ll rank them in order of preference.

Best Fly Rod Combos under 300

In 2020, there are a lot of rod and reel combos to choose from and it can be a hassle to decide what you want to go with.  For this reason, I’ve created a list of the best fly rod + reel combos to help point you in the right direction with your money.

Orvis 2019 Clearwater 905-4 Fly Outfit

Orvis is a known fly fishing brand that gets the job done (hence the reason 2 orvis rods on the list).  Designed in Vermont, this rod is a new look from the previous rods released by Orvis.  This rod is going to be one of the best rods for the price tag and is very accurate on the river.  The action this rod will throw the flies around at will be medium fast, my personal favorite.  It has the capability of fishing up to small bass and bigger river trout.  Probably my favorite part about this rod is that it has a 25 year warranty.  Chances are you’ll not be using the same rod for 25 years whether it gets broken or not!

Buy the Orvis 2019 Clearwater 905-4 Fly Outfit on amazon.

Wetfly Nitrolite Fly Fish and Rod Combo 

The Wetfly Nitrolite Fly Fish and Rod combo is a killer.  For 299 dollars you’ll be getting 500 dollars worth of value, had the all the gear included been purchased separate.  Similar to the Orvis Clearwater, it was designed in the United States with the intention of making a light weight rod for the everyday fly fisher.  It’s a medium fast action so whether you are just starting out or been in the game for a minute, it’ll be perfect for you.  To top it off, this rod has a no questions asked rod and reel warranty sure to back your money up.  Check the Nitrolite out on amazon.

Orvis Encounter

I have not used the Orvis Encounter extensively personally, a good friend of mine has and loves the combo.  This rod provides crisp performance on the river and will not disappoint you.

I do feel that for this price range, and the demographic of the fly fisherman/woman who will be purchasing this rod and reel combo, Orvis could do a bit more in terms of add ons. However, Orvis is Orvis and you’re paying for a premium kit, so throwing in flies/etc will never be a priority.

The Orvis name is trusted for a reason, this is a high quality, premium setup you cannot go wrong with.  Buy it on Amazon

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There are plenty of great combos to be had for under a couple hundred bucks

At the end of the day, regardless of the rod you decide to go with on this list, you’ll be happy you went with it.  Since you aren’t going to be spending gobs of cash on this setup it probably won’t be your last so don’t stress it to much!  Wishing you all the best of luck on the river this season!