I agree with you 100%.
It is not worth anyone’s time to use junky tools.
I am referring to the intermediate anglers obsession with technology. Full Flex rods, ultra light lines, etc…etc…etc… Whatever random buzz or trending tech talk.
I have been pleased with every rod I have purchased. Most of which were from tenkara bum.
That is more of my note. The nuances between a quality 150 - 450 dollar rod that you sell will not be the tipping point on becoming a better angler. As in traditional fly fishing, marketing has us thinking and discussing otherwise. I am not saying there isnt enjoyment in experimenting and buying different rods and lines. I do partake in that for sure…but what I am trying to say is the indulgence is far from making me a better angler.
I often think its funny how in any angling discipline, the first questions a student may ask a master angler…what equipment do you use? Where most of the master angler’s success has little to nothing to do with equipment, but rather the 4-6 decades they have spent on the water.
Its funny, sometimes the master angler will often use legacy technology…which often is confusing to the student.
I do not have the skill to properly leverage off of the high end tools. I also know there is more to angling than just technology, and sometimes the most current of technologies are not always the best.
Because of my skill level, I lean to the economy of versatility and durability over precision. I do feel that there are folks who can capitalize on a precision rod. I suspect that most of us are like me…and cannot.
The lesson on the water the other day is proof. My buddy and I were both fishing rods we bought from tenkara bum. Mine was about 100 dollars more expensive. We both caught fish, but the more talented caught more fish on a less “refined” product. The two rods do not cast the same, but they are within the ballpark. Our lines and our flies were identical. What was different was the operator.