As people may or may not know, I fish a lot of small Cascade feeder creeks for our local wild trout. I do this mostly because I love the whole environment and feel of small streams. I grew up with only lakes around and as an adult have really come to love interacting with moving water. Plus, after years of snowboarding and skateboarding, I really value being away from the crowd, small streams give me that. In addition, with a 2 and a 4 year old, my fishing time is even more crunched than ever. So a half day up to a spot in the Nooksack system is a lot easier than a full day on the skagit or stilly or whatever. It's not perfect, there's a lot that I miss about learning "bigger" fishing. But on the other hand, I still have a rod in my hand and am catching fish. I typically fish with a 3 or 4 weight fiberglass rod. Nice slow action and makes a 8-9inch trout feel a bit more lively, great rods and fit very well with the way I fish small streams. But for some reason (GAS, "grass is greener", stupidity, being trapped in the house with jackass kids too long) I've been finding myself really interested in the idea of trying a short 1wt or 2wt rod. First off, does anyone have any suggestions for a budget ultralight rod/reel/line setup? I'm not looking to spend a ton because I really have no idea if I'll like the ultralight fishing game. One the one hand, it seems like a fun challenge and something different, and on the other it seems like a bunch of annoyance and frustration. I have read a bit on the ULF forum, but to be honest, I'm kind of a one forum dude. And I'd rather get my northwest fishing advice from people who fish the NW. It's possible that I could build a rod up from a blank, it's something I've wanted to learn for a while. But it also means that it would probably be summer 2013 before I got to fish it at the rate that I seem to be completing projects these days. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if I'm already fishing slow fiberglass 3-4 wt rods, will I really see much of a difference in terms of action and flex by moving to a 1wt or 2wt graphite rod? Or will I just be trading casting distance for overall rod/reel weight and a lighter wallet? I don't suppose anyone in the Bellingham area has a UL setup that they'd like to rent out for a day in exchange for a beer or two at Boundary/Kulshan?