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Old Man

Just an Old Man
#65
It's this plastic thingy that you hand a retailer and he gives you the merchandise. Actually gives you stuff for no money. It's really quite amazing. It continues to work for just about ever until some clerk cuts it up... then you get another one and start again :D
I pay cash for just about everything except gas and flies. Their small purchases and I can usually pay them off on next months check. If I don't have the cash I don't buy anything big.
 

Drifter

Active Member
#66
My trout and steelhead rod list for lakes and big river fish not 12 inch freestone fish! Who the hell fishes for those anymore anyway?

Sage 696-2 RPL bought last year on ebay $204
106-2 (10' 6-wt)Orvis silver label - ebay $120
Custom built from orvis 1981 696-3 orvis superfine osprey - $285
593-2 (9' 3" 5 wt) orvis superfine springcreek ebay $125
590-4 orvis superfine springcreek pack rod bought mid 80's $325

Reels=
venture-7 ebay $54 with a teeny 200 line!
nautilus 5-6 $150 off this forums classifieds
orvis access 4-5 reel on sale $100
loomis Eastfork 7-8 $140 Ebay
Original early orvis large arbor 4-5 $145 from a classic reel website
Scientific anglers system one 7-8 with three spools $70 ebay
scientific anglers 4-5 system one I gave to my daughter
medalist 7-8 of my fathers god rest his soul, I can't stand medalist reels so it's my loner-

boat 1988 baby blue 14' Lavro my third drifter in 35 years of owning them-$1500 it was a steal!
8 horse honda 4 stroke motor- used $800- another good deal
55 pound electric $275
carlisle guide model oars-came with boat
bitch'n lowrance gps/sonar finder $600 I got used for $250

1994 toyota 4x4 pickup completely rebuilt with built motor and massive lift and big ass fat tires and shinny red paint and chrome smitty built bars that just got me from Portland to Grand Coulee and back towing the drifter and completely loaded with no hic-ups.

Yep, looks like I don't belong in this crowd, no wonder I almost quit posting altogether!

My first expensive rod was bought with my tax returns when I was 19, i built the Orvis superfine 9' 6" 6 wt osprey in 1981 with my own hands and paid $320 to do it! why you ask? because I wanted to!

A friend asked me why the hell I would spend so much money on a rod at the time? I asked how much the two boards he skied on cost and he said $700 and conversation was over! Him being a good skier he felt he needed good ski's and actually skied better with them so he thought---

After reading this thread, what happened to support your local fly shop? "OH WAIT" That's a different thread altogether that the better than thou's can bash people on!

Limp lines dudes!!!
 
#67
It just depends on what you can afford or what you want to afford, Its all in the mind set, Most things when it comes to fly rods either is the same wt and lighter or heavier depending on who uses it or what a person pays for, when i did so much research before buying fly rods i learned the wts are the same, The rods are lighter or heavier, I also learned foreign made is cheaper then american made, Again it depends on what you like, The rod will still catch fish even on a $60 rod to a $1400 rod, Depends on you the fisherman or woman has skill wise, You can buy new or used, You can buy cheap or top of the line, In the end its what you like or choose. :)

For me in the beginning it was quanity over quality, lol, However if you know how to treat a rod you might never need to use the warranty even on a basic 1 year warranty fly rod or a lifetime warranty.

In the end of the day, It all boils down to each others personal preferences on what or how much they can afford and how much they will use said product.
 
#68
Ross Gunnison on a RPL is high end to me...;)
That's what I said to myself when I bought a G1 and an RPL 10' 5wt a long, l-o-n-g time ago, used when I got them, with glorious blemishes but solid backbones. Oddly, still my favorite set-up a couple decades later. And I have no interest in any $800 trendy, ergo, holistic, fashionable and techno flatulent replacement as, frankly, it's not worth it. I have asked the fish. They don't care.
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#70
Wow, you all must be loaded. I make my own fly rods from the stems of bamboo shoots that I cut from a local city park. I wire an old Coke can onto the bamboo stem to hold my line. I fashion my own fly lines out of string. I scavenge flies from the streamside vegetation along the Yakima after a high water event.

More seriously, I work very hard at my job; I exchange my labor for greenbacks (or facsimiles thereof). When I have free time, I like to fish and I like to use gear that enhances my enjoyment. Yes, I could catch fish with the gear that I describe above, but it might be easier and give me more pleasure to open my wallet a bit more. After all, you can't take it with you.... I'm not an early adopter by nature and I carefully consider major purchases. Sometimes, I will not go with the best possible gear out there, especially if I do not see myself using it that much. Hence, my winter steelhead rod is a very serviceable ECHO TR spey, but I have cast my friend's Burkheimer and it is a sweeter rod and I could cast that rod all day. But I don't fish for winter steelhead enough to justify that expense. But my trout rods are quality rods that fit my casting and fishing style very well. My pontoon boat was top of the line when I bought it 13 years ago and it is still as good as anything out there for my applications.

As others have pointed out, we live in a time when one can purchase serviceable gear for much less money that top of the line gear, but there are differences in quality and functionality and price plays a role in that. Adults weight and budget (and crow when we get a great deal (or think that we got a great deal)).

Steve
 
#73
If you're fishing 10 days a year the expenditure of that kind of funds may be tough to justify (unless you've won the lottery or married to Mr. William Gates)... Personally, I feel I fish often enough & enjoy it enough to appreciate better equipment... however, my funds aren't "lottery" so I buy much of my gear used. Or huge sale discounts... that's my story & I'm stickin' with it.
 

weiliwen

Active Member
#75
If you're fishing 10 days a year the expenditure of that kind of funds may be tough to justify (unless you've won the lottery or married to Mr. William Gates)... Personally, I feel I fish often enough & enjoy it enough to appreciate better equipment... however, my funds aren't "lottery" so I buy much of my gear used. Or huge sale discounts... that's my story & I'm stickin' with it.
I agree - fish more often and perhaps a better rod is justified.