April 14th, 2008

Your Money
By James Castwell


You ever have a tune running around in your head and you can't get rid of it? Sure you have, that is if you are old enough to remember when music actually had a melody, not just a beat. Just think, in the near future, people won't be bothered with tunes running through their heads and it's hard to whistle a rap. I have had an idea cranking around and can not seem to shake it, so here goes.

It landed in my bean as I was reading a post on our own bulletin board. A purely innocent question about when does the expense end of tying flies. End? Who wants it to end? Not me. That is what it is all about. Tying flies gives us an excuse to buy stuff. Everyday if we want to. At least we can think about buying things. Not really necessary tying materials, but feathers or such that we think we need or should have for some reason.

The idea of tying flies is not to save money. Good grief, it's how to be able to spend money. Lots of it if you can afford it. And that brings me to my main point. I think we spend far less on fly fishing than we should. For years I have been asked how much a fellow should spend on such-and-such. I respond that they (you) should always spend ten percent more than your wife would ever allow. After all, she can only get so mad.

Now that applies to not just fly tying in general but our other goodies too. I think we scrimp way too much. There are some misguided and naive individuals who actually feel that it is some sort of a sign of some superiority on intellect to be frugal and thrifty. Nonsense. You got money. Spend it. Makes you feel good. Don't believe me? Go buy something. Get on the Internet and order something. See for yourself.

Don't you deserve a new rod, reel, fly line, vest, nippers? If we want to keep our recreation healthy we have to support it and that means supporting those folks who make a living dreaming up our need and wants and making them available. Usually long before we ourselves even know that we ought to have them. Over-night sometimes. We are indeed fortunate that they're inventing things and cranking out products for us to enjoy.

So, to answer the question of when does the cost of all this end; never I hope. It is great to know, on any given day, I have the choice of stopping into my fly shop or sending away for some new and improved something. It is a good feeling. It is a free and easy way to live life. Not all constrained and uptight. Loosen up and invest a few bucks. It's yours, you earned it, spend it any way you want to. After all, "she can only get so mad." And you can always go fishing till it blows over. ~ James Castwell

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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