Some thoughts on tackle...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by formerguide, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Porter

    Porter Active Member

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    Lots of truth to that for me personally and I treat certain gear of mine differently because of the value (or what I paid for it). I hate nickin my better reels up and almost always use the protective pouch on them during transport, it definitely makes me look like an ass when some of my friends just throw their gear in and let them bang around on the sidewalls of the boat or better yet the back of the pickup and going over hell's road potholes at 35mph...I'm the only one breaking it down and putting it in the tube or protective carrier...I don't mind as much if I scratch and nick on the water fighting a fish or wading a tough stretch of water, but please not the back of a truck!
     
  2. Salmo_g

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    Formerguide,

    As a former guide, are you supposed to be pimping the industry? But I'm checking to see if I can sue you for plagerizing my dogma. Well made gear is expensive, and expensive gear is generally cool. But it's a far cry from what a cash strapped fishing enthusiast needs to fulfill his fishing itch. I own a host of lower than low end gear that fore the most part fishes perfectly well. The flip side is that fly fishing is my life time passion, and I have a weakness for rods made of bamboo. I hardly blink at writing a check when I see one I want, but cannot bring myself to pay $800 for a Sage that does the same job as a $100 import. It's not that I don't appreciate how well a Sage ONE casts, but in point of fact, it just doesn't cast $700 better, or even $100 better than my handy import fly rod. The bamboo rods don't cast any better either, but they do have soul, for those who can feel it, and I've convinced my wife than my cane rods are investments in art.

    I hear ya' on salt water fly reels. I don't have much experience there, but it looks like the problem is building in the amount of durability needed for bluewater species into a package small enough to balance on a single hand fly rod. Nano technology should solve that problem in the near future of course. And the price tag will no doubt show it.

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  3. Steve Saville

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    I'm not sure where this is all going. Everybody has their own idea of what is necessary for a good fly fishing experience but in a former part of my life I was a construction worker . One of the things I learned was to buy the best tools I could afford at the time so I could make a living withiut having to go to the hardware store all the time to replace an inferior tool. I have sort of adopted that philosophy with my fly fishing equipment. Sure, I have owned lesser quality equipment. Hell, my first rod, reel, line and backing cost less than $100 and I still have them. Don't use them anymore but I have them. Somewhere along the way I started buying stuff; good stuff like Sage rods and Tibor reels. They don't make me a better fisherman but after 65 years, I decided that I deserved the stuff considering the hard work I did when I was younger. I like the feel of the rods and the smoothness of the reels. I don't hold it against anyone and don't expect them to think of me as a snob because I can drag out a $2000 combination to fish for Dorado. I'm glad I have it because I wouldn't want to tackle a big fish with a $100 imprort reel. I subscribe to the "John Hazel School of Landing Fish"; Hook 'em, get in, get 'em back before they know it so they can live another day and someone else can enjoy them. I always overgun and under tippet. I'd rather break them off then tire them out. The hook-up is the sensation. You get my drift? And if that means I am a snob for using a quality Disc Drag reel on my spey rod or on my 4 wt. LL, then I guess I'm a snob.
     
  4. gbeeman

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    I think I have a reel problem!

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  5. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Holy shit. You need an intervention for sure.

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  6. Porter

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    :eek: R U For Reel? ....that is a lot!
     
  7. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    Gbeeman, A man after my own heart, I love being a gear whore.
     
  8. Joepa

    Joepa Joe from PA

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    ...only if your lines have become unmanageable.
     
  9. chief

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    Gbeeman, I think you made progress toward step # 1...

    1. We admitted we were powerless over fly fishing gear - that our lives had become unmanageable.
    2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
    4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
    8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
    9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
    11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
    12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to fly fishing gear whores, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
     
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  10. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Not so fast there Mr. Evangelist. I'm HAPPY to be a gear whore and don't need no convertin'!

    K
     
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  11. Islander

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    Hey look Kent, he has a reel for everyone of your bamboo rods.:p
     
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  12. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Keep coming back, it works...when you work it...:)
     
  13. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I think I have cure for those CFOs, Marquis and Abels. I've been thinning the herd lately and don't have enough rods left for the rest of them.

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  14. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    So do I!

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