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    after reading and responding to the new beginners wanting to get started into fly fishing. got me thinking about what it would cost with all top end gear. when I looked down from the computer a Fly fishing catalog was there. just thumbed through looked at top end gear to get started. 7 to 8 hundred for a rod another 5 hundred or more for a reel , $700 for waders $200 for wading boots, plus vest or pack $100 plus.In just a few minutes $ 4,000 was spent. whoa that's an investment just to get started. how many would spend that much to start? I glad I started 40 years ago. and now with a dozen or more rods reels 20 fly boxes and hundred of fly and etc. My wife ask 1 day how much I had invested in my fishing my answer I don't know I don't care. but it didn't effect how much jewelry she owned or how many closet's she had full . or the food on the table. it is scary . I could retire if I didn't like my toys.

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    Someone on the forum, can't remember who, has a signature line that says that after he dies, he hopes that his wife doesn't sell his fishing eqipment for what he SAID he paid for it.... Now you know WHY!!!
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

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    It is a bit ridiculous; the price of high end gear! On the flip side, heres the cost of GOOD low end gear: Rod 150, Reel 120, waders 200 boots 60 vest 35. For just over 500 you can be in the water with very respectable gear...probably half of that if it's necessary to go real cheap. Bill...Sell 'em all and retire with a TFO Rod and Pfleugger reel!!!!!

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    I agree, when I responded to that thread and advised him to be careful I was thinking the same thing, that the rod and reel would just the tip of the ice berg as far as expenditures are concerned and coupled with the fact that he didn't have any experience to know whether or not he would stick with fly fishing or not. I shutter to think what I have spent on fly fishing gear over the years, 11 rods in the current inventory, a drift boat, an NFO pontoon boat, enough fly tying material to open a small fly shop, the list just goes on. I could probably have retired several years earlier had I been a little more frugal with my hobbies, but what the heck it has been a fun ride!
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    In the end I bet the fish can't tell if your using a latest and greatest sage or a budget cabellas rod. I compare fly fishing to golf when it comes to equipment. Sure do I want the best gear now? Heck yea! But it is so expensive to do, so you start to acquire stuff over time and that time allows you to get good with what you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausablebrown View Post
    It is a bit ridiculous; the price of high end gear! On the flip side, heres the cost of GOOD low end gear: Rod 150, Reel 120, waders 200 boots 60 vest 35. For just over 500 you can be in the water with very respectable gear...probably half of that if it's necessary to go real cheap. Bill...Sell 'em all and retire with a TFO Rod and Pfleugger reel!!!!!
    but I enjoy my high end gear. not being a smart a$$. good is never cheap and cheap is never good. I bought one of those TFO rods and hated it, took it back got my money back and bought a St Croix that i like,but liked the Pfleugger reel that I bought 40 years ago. Don't get me wrong I have all price ranges of rods and reels I like them all. I have bought and sold lots of rods and reels. my taste changes but still own that old fenwick glass I started with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyspey View Post
    but I enjoy my high end gear. not being a smart a$$. good is never cheap and cheap is never good. I bought one of those TFO rods and hated it, took it back got my money back and bought a St Croix that i like,but liked the Pfleugger reel that I bought 40 years ago. Don't get me wrong I have all price ranges of rods and reels I like them all. I have bought and sold lots of rods and reels. my taste changes but still own that old fenwick glass I started with.
    I hear ya Bill...I also enjoy my expensive stuff!! It's almost always the pricey stuff that I pick out of the closet when I'm headed out fishing. And the only TFO I hung on to was the 7'9" 4wt Finesse which I havn't found a better mid-sized dry fly rod yet after going through at least 20 4wts! Its still a toss up between that Finesse and my 7'10" TXL 4wt. Though I did like the other TFO's....hated my first BassPro rod and sold it without a bit of remorse.

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    The kid that I was fishing with last week was using one of these.
    I tried it and it cast every bit as well as the GLoomis that I was using. Maybe even better
    Full combo retails for less than 100 beans
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    The good thing is, people have choices. If they've got the cash when they start, they can buy top end gear. Some get into fly fishing when they have the means, but I think most get into it earlier in life and might not want to sink that much into something they aren't sure they'll stick with. Some swear by top end gear, many on here will testify they can fish just fine with mid and even low end stuff. I love the rods I built on blanks costing less than $70.

    Be it cars, golf, home stereo systems, lawn mowers, or fly rods you can spend top dollar and get the best or you can spend less (or far less) and get the job done just fine. Choices are good.

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    I started with a $50 all inclusive pflueger kit.
    I had no idea that a few years down the road I would own 1o rods, boxes full of tying stuff, and rods from 3-11wt.
    The pfleuger was horrible, but I learned a lot and caught my first fish. I think I only spent $100 getting started the first year.

    I look forward to having 1 or 2 really nice setups to cherish, sometime down the road in another tax bracket! At this point I am very happy with the 'middle of the road' clearance setups. The inexpensive rods have let me experiment with various weights and line sizes, including sinking lines.
    Some day I will have nice stuff, at this point if something breaks or gets lost, I am not heartbroken about it!
    TB

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