Well my buddies and I could never and would never pay for a fancy trip to Alaska and yet we sport all that fancy gear. Why? Because it is the best quality and is built to last. Your thinking is based on the experience of a guy who is merely interested in fly fishing. If you get deeper into it and start meeting people, you will realize that many of us fly folks are passionate about this and will be doing it until we die. If it is what you do with all your free time, you are doing yourself a favor by buying quality stuff. You actually save money in the long run.