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Great adventures begin with great gear.

Otherwise, they can end with agony and frustration. In fly fishing that is never more true.

Grandpa always said, “You get what you pay for,” but I bet he would freak if he saw what we fly fishers pay to be in the fight. After much time, many adventures and watching fly fishers cut corners – and losing – I BELIEVE that in fly fishing You Get What You Pay For.

Apparently something I do makes a good enough grade to deserve the support of the fine manufacturers listed below. If I could afford more products from these companies, I would buy it all. I don’t seek companies that don’t make very good to excellent products. And I have left some companies behind over the years – because their products didn’t make the grade, their service was weak, or their marketing took advantage of fly fishers.

I have had complimentary gear sent to me to test over the years, and I am still open for fair and balanced gear reviews. When it comes to hip clothing, there’s not a lot to review, but quality and design still count. I basically do three reviews of the serious gear, a beginning, an update and (sometimes years later) a final goodbye and evaluation before gear goes to gear heaven.