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Old 10-30-2013, 07:32 PM
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Warranty is a big driver with anything that I purchase. One of the main factors why I purchased the LL Bean Rapid River Vest Pack; unconditional lifetime warranty is hard to beat!
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No Love for Canadian made? C'mon guys, why does everything have to be made in the USA? I am going to play the devils advocate here and say why is it such a big deal that its made in the US? Meanwhile everything else we buy is made everywhere else in the world, not trying to bash on a country but put your patriotism aside for a second, and explain why? Can anyone give me an honest answer without the run of the mill answers as... to support our economy... we are better... etc. Just want to know why you feel this way? And if you could answer this question with your pride aside (if possible).
My Honda Pilot was built in Canada, and I love it! As far as fly fishing gear is concerned, I only know of Islander Reels, and I've never had the opportunity to examine one in person. They seem to have a great reputation, and they look awesome, but I have no idea where I can check them out in person.

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Here are my three main points.

Long term performance - I want a reel that will perform the same now that it did when I first used it. I have saltwater reels that have been going strong for over 10 years.

Maintenance - I prefer reels that require some service other than rinsing them out after a long day fishing to make them last. If something goes wrong with them, I know that I have to take personal responsibility. I have seen some issues with some maintenance free reels.

Service - I also understand that I may have to send the reel in to the manufacturer for service. It's great to know that a bearing or any other part could be replaced even though the model has been discontinued.

Like others, I do not have a lot of disposable income, but I prefer top of the line equipment. If that means that I have to put in a few extra shifts at the second job or sell some other toys on eBay, I will do that. It is nice to know that I am buying what I want.

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No Love for Canadian made? C'mon guys, why does everything have to be made in the USA? I am going to play the devils advocate here and say why is it such a big deal that its made in the US? Meanwhile everything else we buy is made everywhere else in the world, not trying to bash on a country but put your patriotism aside for a second, and explain why? Can anyone give me an honest answer without the run of the mill answers as... to support our economy... we are better... etc. Just want to know why you feel this way? And if you could answer this question with your pride aside (if possible).
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What are some of the important factors for you when purchasing a new piece of fly fishing gear? What do you want from your fly fishing gear?
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For me it's the "Orvis" label!

I have a Helios and Sonic Seam waders! I use a Orvis line, and I buy most of my fly tying stuff from Orvis!

When I fly fish the world famous Yellow Breeches and Letort, my "friends" there would throw rocks in the water if they saw me fishing with cheap tackle! LOL I'm not a fishing snob at all ........ but I really enjoy my fishing and I like to use the best tackle available!
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No Love for Canadian made? C'mon guys, why does everything have to be made in the USA? I am going to play the devils advocate here and say why is it such a big deal that its made in the US? Meanwhile everything else we buy is made everywhere else in the world, not trying to bash on a country but put your patriotism aside for a second, and explain why? Can anyone give me an honest answer without the run of the mill answers as... to support our economy... we are better... etc. Just want to know why you feel this way? And if you could answer this question with your pride aside (if possible).
To help create more jobs so people can actually start working again. Patriotism has nothing to do with it at all. The economy in this country is teetering on the brink of collapse because very little manufacturing occurs here anymore. Between the EPA, OSHA, taxation and cheap labor with no regard for the environment or employee working conditions in China and other countries, the U.S. has struggled to compete in the world economy. People have gravitated to the "cheaper is better" mentality and it has crushed businesses in this country.
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More from Congress and NAFTA than from OSHA. Really its all our fault. We keep voting for them. Canadian made would be fine with me. To me its just sad. Things are either conglomerate made in places I wish they weren't or they are cottage industry made by folks who price their goods as if everyone made Wall St. CEO money.
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MT,

For me it's the "Orvis" label!

I have a Helios and Sonic Seam waders! I use a Orvis line, and I buy most of my fly tying stuff from Orvis!

When I fly fish the world famous Yellow Breeches and Letort, my "friends" there would throw rocks in the water if they saw me fishing with cheap tackle! LOL I'm not a fishing snob at all ........ but I really enjoy my fishing and I like to use the best tackle available!
Much is made of the Flyfisherman snobbery. A guy should use what makes him happy if you aren't starving your kids in the process. It's only snobbery when you act or (even think) less of somebody who doesn't choose to use high end gear. JMHO
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I use whatever gets the job done best within my means... China, Korea, Mexico, England, USA... it's like the United Nations of tackle and gear in my living room...They've all helped me catch plenty of fish...
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I like Orvis stuff too. But only because of quality and only certain items. For sure not for a status symbol. I also have a 65 dollar Redington CT that has a high place in my heart. I like that one so much I got another.

I prefer American only because of a nod to an American job. Honestly, I haven't heard of a trout yet you had to catch with an American rod because it refused to be caught with one from China or Korea. But I don't get around that much.
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