Episode 48: Fly Fishing Brands and Your Next Purchase

Fly fishing brands are everywhere: Sage, Winston, Orvis, Patagonia, Temple Fork Outfitters, Fishpond, Simms, Loomis, and many more. It’s a noisy, cluttered marketplace. It’s hard to make a rational decision. When selecting a fly fishing rod or waders or a sling pack, how do you make the best decision for you? In this episode, we help fly fishers understand how fly fishing brands position their gear and how to make better decisions on your next purchase.

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When it comes time to buy new gear, how do you go about making your decision? Which brands do you prefer – and why?

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6 Replies to “Episode 48: Fly Fishing Brands and Your Next Purchase”

  1. Want to know how much I overthink this issue?
    Sometimes I talk myself out of getting a piece of gear I want because I don’t want to appear, to myself or others, as a brand loyalist!
    This sport will do things to a guy…

    1. Haha! Very true. Dave accuses me of being a brand loyalist all the time. But I counter with, “You get what you pay for.” Of course, it takes wisdom to know when you’re paying for the brand name and when you’re paying for quality.

  2. I really liked this episode. I know sometimes I get roped in by the branding. However, my Simms waders are 14 years old and have yet to leak. I fish about 40-50 days a year. The quality has won me over.

    1. Great comment, Chad. 40-50 days a year on the water is a lot. Wonderful! Sure wish I had that many days! Can’t believe you are going on 14 years with the waders.

  3. Having over 50 years in the sport of fishing, usually brands will indicate level of quality. However, the other day, I got a “hot tip” on a sale, and although I was not in the market for a new rod, I just had to get in on it. So sometimes, price does matter!

    1. Roger,

      So true! I was in a fly shop in Colorado this past week and couldn’t pass up a reel. Was only faintly aware of the brand (Ross), but the shop monkey (as he called himself) did a great job selling me on the reel, and the price was right!


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