I started a new thread because I was just about to comment on the Simms wader thread, but I didn't want to offend anybody. I started this thread to discuss the high priced hype of this sport.
W/ that said, I bought a Ross reel about 15 years ago for a couple hundred bucks. I felt extremely guilty spending this kind of money on a fly reel. After I used it I was relieved and it still serves me well. Recently I needed to take my sinking tip off and replace it w/ floating because I never got an extra spool. In my junk pile I found an ancient Martin reel w/ floating line on it so I decided I'd try it, I was just going down to the river behind the house nobody will see me. Guess what? I have caught hog after hog on that reel since I put it on and aside from being noisy and not having an adjustable drag it worked just fine.
I would like some honest input here. Lets break it down together. Do we as fly fishers really need 800.00 6 weight rods when Lamiglass seems to work fine? Why buy the expensive rod when I've broken 3 Lamiglass rods in 3 years, whether it be from sweepers, shutting it in the car door or simply stepping on it. Point is why would somebody spend a thousand bucks on a rod? It cost several hundred dollars for Simms waders and wading shoes when Costco, Walmart and Sports mans have perfectly good ones for under a hundy. Fly reels; this salesman at a local fly shop was trying to talk me into a 400.00 dollar fly reel ! I'm going, isn't a fly reel basically just some thing to hold fly line?
Just a little fly box was 20 bucks. 250.00 for a fly tying vise? thats a lifetime supply of flies for gosh sakes. 250.00 sunglasses? Friends I'm feeling pressured to keep up w/ the Jones but is it really necessary? For what its worth I succumbed to the pressure and went and spent 350.00 last night, Yes I replaced the trusty Martin so now I have 2 Ross reels one w/ sinking tip and one floating.