Although it may seem like we’re always trying to talk you out of your money, that’s really not our (only) goal in life.
To prove it, today we offer you three ways you can save money on your fishing gear!
Ways to Save Money on Fishing Gear
- Always label a fly line the instant you take it off a reel or spool. It’s April and you’re pulling off saltwater lines and putting on spey lines. You think to yourself, “I’ll remember that this is an 8 weight bonefish line…I’ll just put it over here…” No, you won’t remember for sure, and then when you’re gearing up next fall you’ll be pretty sure but not sure enough so you’ll buy another one, just to be sure. Here’s how to be sure – label it immediately when you take it off the spool. You could put it in a ziplock with a piece of paper, or you could put it back on the spool it came on, or you could put the little sticker from the spool on it. Just don’t leave it to your memory. Special thanks to the fly line manufacturers who have started printing the line type and weight on the line, eliminating this problem forever!
- Buy cheap fly boxes. Yeah, you can spend $65 on a fly box if you want. We like buying lots of cheap ones, so we can have several for every occasion and still spend less money. Here’s a small one and here’s a big one – and here’s some more info about our preferred ‘Mothership’ fly box approach.
- Really really rinse and soak your gear post-salt. You’ve heard this before so maybe we’re just preaching, but after you’ve been fishing in saltwater, do a great job rinsing your gear. Rods and flats boots need to be thoroughly rinsed a couple of times. Reels and lines need to be soaked and then rinsed. Get that salt off and your gear will just last much, much longer.