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Old 01-26-2006, 10:47 AM
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Default Why is fly fishing tackle so expensive ?

O.K. guys, this one lit em up on another board, let's try it here...
Why is flyfishing tackle, in general, so much more expensive than regular fishing tackle... i.e. Rods, Reels, flyline backing etc... Or is it just me?
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:54 AM
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Its because the tackle making industry see the fly guys as elite fishing meisters. (aka suckers)
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:54 PM
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Rods and line I can see it.
Reels are a different situation alltogether. How can a fly reel that's extremely simple in design with less than half the parts be so much more expensive than a spinning or conventional reel of equal quality.
Can you say "Bend Over" ??
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:18 PM
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That's my sentiment exactly...When I posted this question on another board, everybody got all offensive, and started taking up for the manufacturers saying they dont make as many, much closer tolerences, better finish blah blah blah... I cant see $600.00 + for a rod either... r&d costs my butt... I think it's because flyfishing was for so many years...mostly a sport for the haves... and they will charge whatever anyone will pay. 600 yds of flyline backing $59.95... WAAAAAA HAAAAAA... Albright reel $795.00


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Old 02-01-2006, 09:35 PM
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it doesn't have to be expensive. a googin on the beach with a st. croix rod and a van stall plugging reel with orvis guide series waders can look like a sharpie. the thing about flyfishing gear is it is a target business geared for the angler. my 9-w rod cost 90 bucks. the reel however is an orvis mach 5 which is the best drag for the money. but the line is the most expensive part to be concerned with. lefty kreh has paved the way for flyfishing enthusiasts for the future with TEMPLE FORK OUTFITERS reels and rods. i was at the flyfishing show sunday and a temple fork 14-w marlin rod was 250.00. thats unthinkable in this business. so it will get less expensive but the truth be told you will buy a rod and reel once or buy several cheap ones before going the right route. suckers is right. i saw the elite and cast with them at the show and there is a great deal of exceptional tackle being made for less money. just have to do homework, oh, suds< i did get a spey rod btw



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Old 02-01-2006, 10:33 PM
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Cool !! I was fishing near a guy using a spey rod last fall and the SOB was casting almost as far as I was with spinning gear.
Very interesting stuff, you gotta let me try it out sometime.
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i like the plain floating line as it casts easier but the shooting head rockets out after the first roll cast. more than likely what you saw him use. will hook up this spring for a surf out, maybe when i get back from hawaii



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