Re: What is important to you when buying gear?
I would rather pay a little more for something I think will last than go with the most inexpensive product that has to be replaced more frequently.
Reliability, workmanship, and appearance are important to me. I like designs that are classic and simple, sometimes understated. But, it has to perform, if it doesn't perform well, who cares how well its made or what it looks like.
I like American made fly fishing equipment. I think it's worth paying a little more for it -- how much more? It depends on the item.
When it comes to fly reels, I like lighter reels because I fish lighter rods. I like large arbor designs with smooth adjustable drags that still look like fly reels, and not something out of an engineer's day dream. I'm getting to like today's low maintenance reels.
Hey, but that's just me. You're probably going to see a healthy diversity of opinions here.
"Sometimes the least important thing about fishing is fishing." --Roderick Haig-Brown