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Best Fly Rod Combos Under $200

Best Fly Fishing Combo Under $200

Any intermediate or experienced fly-fishing angler knows that the cost of fly-fishing gear can reach steep prices. Finding an affordable, yet quality fly fishing rod and reel can be a daunting task for any new angler interested in getting started.

Manufacturers do a great job creating entry level gear for new anglers, or any angler interested in getting a backup fly fishing combo at a price that won’t break the bank either.

We took the time to find the best fly fishing starter kits on the market for under $200, and some information to consider when choosing your perfect fly fishing kit.

What to Look for in a Quality Fly Fishing Combo

Premium manufactures often offer fly rods and reels at a few different prices across the board, such as entry level, intermediate pricing, and high end. This allows them to appeal to all anglers while reaching different pricing demographics.

An important aspect to consider before buying is the manufacturer’s warranty program. A lot of manufactures offer lifetime warranties or a limited lifetime warranty. This is important information to be aware of before purchasing, in case of a broken rod or defect.

Our Pro Staff at ReelFlyRod has created a list of the 5 Best Fly-Fishing Combos Under $200, based on quality, price, and durability. Each of these rods have their own qualities and features. Each of these outfits will come with a rod, reel, loaded with backing, line, and leader, and a cordura rod and reel case. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices.


  • Price: $215.00

The TFO NXT Black Label Kit is a high-performance fly rod outfit designed to flatten the learning curve by making it easier and more rewarding to become an active participant in this sport of a lifetime. The foundation of the TFO NXT Black Label rod is a matte black TFO Pro II medium-fast blank which offers plenty of forgiveness for delicate presentations and cushioning for light leaders while still loading easily for longer casts into the wind.

Available in the 5wt 9’0 and 8wt 9’0 models, The NXT Black Label rounds out with a Half Wells grip made from reconstituted cork for extreme durability, aluminum oxide stripping guides, chromium-impregnated stainless-steel snake guides and an anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat. The NXT Black Label comes with a premium weight forward floating line with a welded front loop and a looped leader and best of all, lifetime warranty. The fly line is up-lined one line size to ensure the angler quickly feels the rod load and can quickly deliver a cast.

NXT Black Label kits come packaged in a cordura rod and reel travel case ready for fishing. For the price, this combo makes for an easy cast and durable fit, whether you go with the 5wt or 8wt. Even though this kit is slightly above the $200 threshold, we couldn’t leave it out of this list.


  • Price: $189.99

Echo is legendary for building exceptional, high-performance rods that rival the best rods on the market, at a much lower price. The Echo Lift fly rods are one of best performance value fly fishing rods, building off the successful Base rod. The Echo Lift fly rods incorporate the latest graphite materials and technologies, creating a rod series that helps beginners throw tight loops like a pro.

Whether you're newer to the sport, or looking for a solid back-up rod, the Echo Lift fly fishing combo offers quality and performance for a very modest price. The Base reel included is a durable, impact resistant composite frame equipped with a bomb-proof drag system, loaded with a premium weight forward floating line and leader ready to fish, with a cordura outfit case for travel. This fly fishing starter kit is available in 4-8wt models (480, 590, 690 and 890) perfect for whatever you’re looking to target. This is one of the Pro-Staffs favorite selections off this list of under $200, as the quality of the outfit certainly beats out the price.


  • Price: $198.00