Beginners bundle for the discerning
Usually you have to be careful with beginner sets. In most cases the low prices for this kind of rod & reel combination often result from compromises in material or processing. This rookie set by Marlo however is different. Mastermind Marlo Bardehle wanted to meet his high standards when developing this basic kit for beginners in fly fishing. The result is a success and does not need to hide behind higher priced rods and reels of other manufacturers in terms of quality and technology. The combination of rod, reel and carry-all bag is even attractive to people who have devoted their heart to fly fishing for a long time. But if you are just about to start with the most beautiful passion in the world, you will have a lot of fun with the Rookie: The four-piece 9ft long rod comes with a beginner-friendly, medium-fast blank, noble, black, hard-chrome plated windings, a slim, saltwater-resistant reel seat and a Full-Wells grip with Fighting Butt in AA+ cork quality. All four parts of the rod are marked with alignment points and if you want, you can have the handle reworked to cigar shape for a few Euros.
The elegant reel is made of 6061 hard anodized aluminum and was milled from one block. Luckily, he did not use fragile parts made of plastic or inferior casts as it is often the case in such kits. The reel’s drag starts runs very smoothly thanks to its carbon discs and overall the whole reel looks as if it would do its job for many years without repair. To ensure that the whole set can be transported safely, the manufacturer has opted for a Carry-All solution, where rod and reel are packed completely assembled. In practice, the rod, which was actually designed for sea trout fishing and is only available in class 5/6, has proven its worth many times over and forced even strong fighting carp and pike to give up.
With an RRP of 329,- € the rookie set is therefore much more than a beginner‘s option that will be replaced at some point. Some anglers will fish this rod far beyond their first steps, while others will keep it as a backup even when they’ve progressed to professional – no doubt about that. (Stefan Alt)