01-28-2009, 12:50 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
In the exuberance of youth, I bought the best that I could,
having been led to believe that the investment was good.
So when my fly-fishing passion first took root and took hold,
I searched the sources where the premium equipment was sold.
The advertisements implied (and the salesmen did, too)
that my success was dependant on my choice of a few.
Their pitches implied that ‘inexpensive’ equaled ‘bad’,
that my success was dependant on the gear that I had.
A fly rod from Kmart? Oh, please perish the thought!
It had to be Loomis, or Sage, or Winston, or Scott.
A fly reel named Martin? Ha, surely you jest!
Maybe Abel, Lamson, or Ross - choose from one of the best.
So I bought the best that I could, shunned anything less
from fly rods, to fly reels, to accoutrements, to dress.
But over a period of time, something started to change
the price of my toys sky-rocketed out of my range.
I thus felt compelled to examine what I’d been fed (id est)
if I’d been given the facts, or if I’d been B.S.’ed.
So I went to a box store and bought a rod off the rack,
I bought a reel off of eBay and, with the new rig intact,
I rushed to a stream and attempted what I normally would.
I was surprised that it worked like a fly rod and reel should.
I was mildly mystified when I tried shooting line;
After adjusting my stroke, it was working just fine!
I thought, This isn’t what I’d been led to believe!
I started to wonder if I’d been too naïve.
Now I have to admit that I was even more perplexed
when that first trout rose, and the cheap rod flexed.
I’ll be damned - it catches fish! Who would’ve thunk?!
It may be inexpensive but I’m now convinced it ain’t junk.
As I played that fish, I felt an almost imperceptible change;
Something just didn’t feel right, something felt kinda strange.
I thought I heard a faint ‘pop’ and looked down, fearing the worst
But it wasn’t my rod - within my psyche, the adman’s bubble had burst.
And I began to see clearly (in a metaphorical way),
Who the real ‘fishermen’ were, and who served as their prey.