I just hit the local fly fishing forum and noticed another gear battle. You know what I’m talking about. Someone posts that they are thinking of buying a Brand X reel and wanted to know if anyone has an opinion. Like the famous saying goes – “Opinions are like assholes…everybody has one”. I on occasion have been known to throw my $0.02 in. I try though to refrain from bashing another brand in favor of another or talk about another brand entirely. I feel hornswoggled after reading a post about Brand X only to have it hijacked by folks pimping Brand Y. If you have experience with the product post that. If the drag seized up when you were battling a 30-inch bow say so. Don’t post that your buddy once knew a guy who had one fail on a 12-inch stocker. At the very least have your buddy write the post. My advice…keep it to the facts and elaborate on what you were doing at the time.
Which brings me to the real point of this post. All is fair in fly fishing gear love as long as someone doesn’t have a hidden agenda. I’ve found out through searching on other forums that folks tied to Brand X financially have failed to mention that when bashing Brand Y and singing in a high soprano the praise of Brand X. Please, for everyone’s sake disclose your allegiance[s]. I notice now that most forums make it a point to have their members state their brand but you never know what people don’t tell you.
Through talking with a friend [tied into the fly fishing gear industry] I’ve heard that certain companies try to boost sales of their products by providing a fly shop incentives to do so. WHAT!!! So you’re telling me that when I walk into a fly shop and ask the cool fly shop sales person to recommend a reel they will sell me Brand Z because if they make 5 sales in a month they get a free one. I’m afraid so. I’m not saying all shops do this but just know that some do.
Folks, fly fishing sales is a business game. Make money = stay in the game. Lose money…well game over. There is lots of gear out there to choose from and a lot of advice too. Like Jerry Maguire says “…it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop…some don’t.”