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Guilty Pleasures

by: Lloyd Tackitt 11/1/2013

I'm going to go out on a limb here and admit to a guilty pleasure...Buying fishing equipment.

I admit it, I'm as bad about buying fishing gear as Imelda Marcos was about buying shoes.  Well, I would be if I had her amount of money.

I have way more "stuff" than is reasonably necessary already, but I am also far from done.  This weekend is going to be a point of illustration.  A large chain outdoor sporting goods store (starts with a C) opened yesterday in Waco.  Guess where I'm going to be tomorrow morning.  I'll be in the fly fishing section, drooling and counting my expendable cash.  I have no doubt at all that I'll be coming home with a new flyrod, maybe a new fly reel, and possibly a new fly line.  Maybe a few flys too. 

There's something about the anticipation of buying fishing gear that I really enjoy, too much.  I browse the on-line catalogs getting ideas, close my eyes and feel the flex of that new rod, feel the whip of the tip as I waggle the rod in my hand, feel the rod tip load on the back cast.  I feel a big fish fighting back as I slowly pull him in, feel him darting from side to side, feel fear as he heads for an underwater thicket of brush and relief as I just barely manage to turn him at the last moment back into open water where the rush of the current sends another type of thrill through the line and more fear into my heart as I worry about the breaking strength of the leader.  Then I feel the strain as the rod really starts bending as I pull him in against the current and finally after a long battle lip out a really big bass.  All this just from the anticipation of buying another rod, or reel, or line, or even just a fly. 

Then I take it out of the wrapper, cut off the sales tag and fish with it for real when I get home and the reality is every bit as good as I thought it would be. 

On the other hand, Waco has never had a great selection of fly rods and now it will have a truly great selection.  This could be a long term disaster as I'll have easy access (30 mile drive vs 90 mile drive to a comparable store) to too much temptation.  They might as well be opening up a liquor super store next door to an alcoholic, or an explosive chemical store next door to a pyromanic.  I could be in serious trouble here folks.  But...I'll go down smiling and day dreaming of fighting fish.  Could be worse - could be a lot worse I guess. 

My kids and grandkids aren't going to get a ton of money from grandpa when he shuffles off - they'll get a fortune in fishing equipment though.


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Member comments
Dave Mauldin, TX   11/1/2013 7:40:19 PM
For many years, I've long since known I have too much fishing eqpt. In the past I have donated a "starter kit" to youngsters who thought they wanted to learn to bass fish. That would be a good program for a few of us older salts. Therefore, I volunteer to provide anyone who wants to start bass fishing with a starter kit, with of all the basic baits and terminal tackle, and even a tutorial to go with it. All you gotta do is come get it> If anyone is interested, contact me via this portal! Dave
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/1/2013 8:36:54 PM
Now there is one hell of an offer. Somebody better snap that up.
IceFishingFool, CO   11/2/2013 5:22:39 PM
If all my stuff gets sold, I hope they get what I paid for it instead of what I tell the wife it cost. lol
Flyrodn, CO   11/2/2013 10:55:58 PM
I know if the adage, "he who dies with the most toys wins" is true, when it come to fly fishing equipment I'm definitely in the running.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/3/2013 11:54:11 AM
9' 4wt that cast as sweet as a first kiss. Caught a bass on it and it plays a fish as nice as you could ever ask for.
opencage, CO   11/3/2013 12:04:06 PM
I love window shopping outdoors stores, shoot what angler/hunter doesn't. As a relative newbie to the sport I have yet to build up the collection of fishin' stuff I know I'll eventually be storing in my garage. I've had to give myself a monthly budget to make sure I'm not going overboard. It doesn't always work.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/4/2013 1:01:57 PM
You know life has many pains and miseries enough without our trying, so I think it's fair game to take what pleasure we can, where we can, and when we can. As they say, money can't buy happiness but it can buy fishing equipment!
opencage, CO   11/4/2013 4:13:29 PM
Haha, Amen to that Lloyd.
FishnWithLittleOnes, CO   11/4/2013 5:26:27 PM
I'm still on fishing tackle 'probation' after I spent too much on some new (and very sweet) gear. Now I have to submit a PO to my husband and he may, or may not approve! Just when I was starting to get the hang of fishing, targeting different species, and fishing different seasons! I convinced him to let me buy in bulk though, so that I could save money on gear and he went for it =D Mu hu hu ha ha ha!!! And no, I don't like shoes...but I LOVE tackle - it's all so shiny and pretty and I can never have enough!!!!
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