Re: Why Don’t More People Fly Fish? - by Pat Damico
Andy has a point... to some extent. No doubt fly fishing, for the most part, was once considered an elitist sport. Gear was expensive. Fortunately, the prices are dropping. They're not rock bottom... but they're definitely coming down. We're talking about quality gear also. You don't have to have the Thomas & Thomas or the Sage fly rod... You don't have to have the Galvan reel. Sure... they're top of the line. The utmost in quality and cosmetics. But fly fishing does not have to be that expensive.
A more realistic scenario for the budget minded fly angler would possibly be...
ECHO 9' #5: $130
Stone Creek reel: $42
Fly Line: $35
3-pack of leaders: $6
Waders (breathable): $90
Float Boat (do you really need one?): $350
a cup of flies (the size of a ketchup container at McD's) to fish Lee's Ferry: (try the flydealflies.com)
Hours of PRACTICE trying to cast more than 25' with out tailing your loop: $??? Yea... maybe so.
Now... its probably a good thing fly fishing is not much cheeper that this. Let's keep the faint hearted out of our way.