Money does not buy happiness, but money is often very essential when it comes to hobbies, and fly fishing is no exception. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive gear and equipment, you definitely do not want to be caught with the cheapest gear that will let you down. As a full time student, part time worker, recently married, and preparing for children, I know how important it is to save money where you can. Here are 3 ways that have really helped me…
Most importantly is to budget ahead of time. I recommend looking at your upcoming month and incoming bills and set aside money for rent, car payment, groceries, and other bills first. Once you know that you can pay your bills you can start budgeting out and saving money for your hobby purchases.
2. Do your research!
Before you buy gear or equipment, be educated on it! There are so many great resources that are free, I use youtube almost exclusively to research the things I use. It is important to vet your sources though. It is fairly easy to tell who is knowledgable and who is just promoting because they are getting paid. But it is up to you to find out and cross reference.
3. Buy once, cry once
When I was first getting into fly fishing I made the mistake of buying cheaper gear and equipment, after gaining more knowledge I realized that the cheap gear was either not antiquate or would break on me. It is much better to spend more money for more quality gear than to try and skimp on crucial pieces. You will be much better off in the long run.