bamboo Fall River Fly rod staring at me from across the room (More on that in another post) and it got me thinking about my dream fly gear. Or to be more precise 'dreaming of my bucket list of fly gear'.
After nearly eight years of fly fishing and collecting gear I still haven't brought myself to spend a whole lot on my gear. My current list of rods and reels currently occupying a corner of my garage is a motley crew of low end graphite rods, a 40 year old glass rod that is willowy, and a few nicer Tenkara rods. By far my favorite is a 5/6w rod custom made for me by a friend and labeled as "The Flying Dutchman". I do love that rod.
All that being said, I do not believe that a more expensive fly fishing outfit will ever yield you more fish. I can just as easily not catch fish on a $1,500 outfit as well as I can't catch fish on a $100 setup. Fishing has little to do with the brand of gear being used and more with the skills of the fisherman and the conditions of the water. However I know that we all have a few pieces of gear we would like to have if we had the choice and truth be told fishing with a higher end setup is often easier and less frustrating. Anyone who has ever had the drag on their fly reel suddenly break free and watch as thirty feet of fly line and backing gets ripped off the spool by the current while you are trying to battle a 14in brown knows just what I am talking about.
North East Tackle Supplies and the Fly Depot other online sites that would fit the bill. The G Loomis rods aren't as old as the Hardy but boy do they make a nice rod. I got the chance to look these over at the SE Fly Fishing Show and had to wipe the drool from my chin.
Abel would be killer but the limited edition ones rock. Way out of my price range but seriously they rock. I found this one with a killer red fish on it and.... well what can you say. Sweet. Maybe someday they will put my art on a killer reel of theirs..... Now that would be a Dream Piece Of Gear!!!
What would be your Dream setup?