11/05/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2.    Little Yellow Quills
3.    Slate Drakes
4.    Needle Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
5.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6.    Craneflies
7.    Beetles
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants




Fly Rod Warranties
It doesn't take much common sense to realize there are few things in life that are free - much less
things you find for sale in stores. In modern day times, this includes things from online stores as
well as brick and mortar stores. There hasn't been many changes that I know of in the old saying
"you pay for what you get". Anyone that buys a fly rod with a 25 year or a life-time warranty that
thinks they didn't pay for it would have to be both bi-polar and on crack.

From a political standpoint, I guess you have noticed lately that there are different views as to the
definition of a small business. From a fly fishing perspective, I'll put it like this. Small businesses  
don't get much smaller than fly rod manufacturing companies. In physical size, your local drug
store is probably much larger than most fly rod manufacturing facilities. From a financial
standpoint, let me just say that I would hate to be a commercial loan officer at a bank with a fly rod
manufacturer as my main customer. As far as that goes, I have little doubt that the largest fly
fishing rod manufacturers don't even exist in this country. Most likely they are located in Korea or
China. I don't think you will find any of those that exist in the United States listed on the stock
market.

I mention the business end of this only to point out that for any fly rod manufacturing company to
offer a lifetime warranty on a fly rod is pretty scary thing. I don't mean from the manufacturer's
standpoint. I'm aware that personal liability can be limited to exactly nothing under the right
corporate structure. This isn't to imply that any company or at least any that I am familiar with has
failed to honor their warranty on fly rods. It is just to imply that when you pay several hundred
bucks for a fly rod with an extended warranty, you paid a substantial part of that for the warranty.

I'll put it like this. If the company didn't charge a substantial amount for it, they won't be around to
honor it. To be outright specific, my guess is, if the rod sells for around $775.00,  you probably
paid a couple of hundred bucks for the life-time warranty. I'll also point out, that when the company
replaces the rod and collects the miscellaneous fees from you, you probably just paid very close to
their actual direct cost of manufacturing the fly rod. Keep in mind, most of them probably spend
more money on marketing their fly rods than building them. I mean, can you imagine having to pay
an agency enough money to come up with the type of hype it takes to claim an Orvis Helios 2 is
better than the Helios. Their
ads state that it is hard to believe they could improve on Helios. I'm
not sure if they mean improve on the rods, or improve on the hype. I just know that I agree with
them.
It is hard to believe.

It is hard to believe that any fly rod can cast accurate. I always thought it was the person using a fly
rod that controlled that part of it. However, according to the hype, Sage has some rods that will hit
a midge in the eye at a hundred yards. They are so great that when I try to make a curve cast or a
reach cast with one, it always straightens the line out and refuses to do it. I finally figured out they
were probably not made for trout fishing.

I'm just kidding Orvis and Sage. They both make fine fly rods. Fly fishing should always be fun and
as Larry the Cable Guy says, that's funny.  

I also just wanted to lead into what I think is one of the
best articles I have ever read on fly rods.
Kirk Deeter is the new editor of Trout Unlimited's Trout Magazine, editor of Angling Trade Magazine
and Editor-at-large of Field and Stream Magazine.

By the way, that's also why Perfect Fl;y is
approaching warranties in a different way than most
others.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh