Rather than blow through your bank account on a rod and reel set up that rivals your rent, grab the Greys 4 Piece GS Fly Rod. This no nonsense fly rod breaks down for easy traveling nice since it's unlikely you'd get a 9 foot rod in your sub compact car and comes with its own cloth carry sack. Matte gray carbon makes the rod visually appealing and, with a quick glance, you'll notice Greys didn't go cheap on this rod, despite the price tag. Durable snake rings and grippable cork are marks of a well made rod. The solid reel seat is saltwater safe so you're not limited to only fishing flats. The GS offers medium fast action, meaning your put down and take up efforts shouldn't be exhausting and accurate casting in a bit of a breeze is well within the realm of reality. The 8wt option let you punch out the big boy flies for stripers and muskies yet not be cloddish when setting streamers atop the water. At the other end of the spectrum, the 4wt alternative lets you tie on a 26 midge and try to trick a trout into taking the bait. The GS doesn't come with a reel, but any of the Greys reels will work beautifully on this reasonably priced, high performing rod.