Greys Fly Fishing Set Up Review

 I just really got into fishing within the last 3 years. Whenever I hit the local sporting goods store, I continually have a 20-40 dollar problem with my tackle. That's okay if you have fun and can't put a price on fun. This year I decided to try my hand at fly fishing. I have some basic knowledge on how to tie the proper knots and the motion required to get a fly where you want it. Practicing that knowledge is a different story.

Nestled in the middle of the driftless region, I have unfettered access to ~150 miles of public trout streams within 4 counties. Some stocked some natural, and all fun. This felt like the perfect place to hone the craft of fly fishing. Don't get me wrong, still a complete novice, but have witnessed the progression on every trip. Do I still wrap my tippet around my rod on occasion? Yes. Has it happened less and less over the course of the spring? Yes. 

Founded in 1968, Greys quickly gained the reputation of passionate anglers with their introduction of high-performance, mid-market fly rods. Welcomed to the Pure Fishing family in 2013, Greys has expanded into a world-renowned manufacturer of a multitude of fly rods. From #4 to #9 they have something for everyone.

Greys GR60 #5 9' Rod - MSRP - $249.95

Weighing in at 3.32 oz, this fits right in for the #5 rods on the market. Built with aluminum, cork, and carbon spacers on the handle, the GR60 pairs excellent build quality with some inherent value. As a beginner, this rod felt good right out of the box. I don't think I can tackle huge browns in the great lakes, but for a spring-fed creek with 12-15 in rainbows, this is perfect.

The rod breaks down into 4 pieces and rolls up into a sleeve than can tuck into a carrying case that is perfect for travel. 9 ft packaged down into 2 is perfect.

Greys Tail Fly Reel - MSRP - $129.95

Built with durable di-cast aluminum and going through two separate machining processes, which removes excess material and allows for a highly refined and beautiful reel. Built to pair with the GR60 out of the box. 4lbs of drag is plenty to handle any lunkers I theoretically tie into. Different sizes to handle the different rod weights make this an easy choice for a beginner's rod.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my excursions out, trying to catch some fish for fun and food. I would absolutely recommend the Greys set up to any beginner and seasoned pro alike. Good money for value, great build quality, and easy assembly make the Greys Tail and GR60 combo a great buy.

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