Buying a Fishing Set
In writing the preceding chapters I omitted a number of little things that I meant to mention, and there are others that do not come under the caption of either of those chapters, so I will collect them all under the heading above. This advice, like all that given throughout this book, is parted with freely, for there is nothing else which I take so much pleasure in the giving of, as advice, but, while it may appear that I am talking like an authority on these subjects, it should be understood that this is only my way of saying things and my advice should not be taken too seriously without investigating elsewhere. But there are some few things on which nearly all anglers agree, and I will try to not have my advice conflict greatly with that of other writers on angling subjects.
Throughout this work when speaking of fishing tackle, it will be noted that I have recommended the higher priced goods frequently, and this is one of the subjects on which all will agree, that the highest quality is the cheapest in the end. One may economize in almost anything else with less bad effect than to practice economy in buying fishing tackle. Of course there is a limit where real worth stops and fancy finish and expensive handwork begins, just as there is a limit in the other direction, and I do not advise going beyond this limit unless you can well afford it. For instance, you can get a first-class casting reel at from five to ten dollars, one that will last a lifetime, but if you get a cheaper one it may be that it would wear out in five years of use, or it might not give the general satisfaction of the more costly article. Again you can get a casting reel for fifty dollars, that is a thing of beauty, and will last several lifetimes — a reel that you will take pride in, yet there is a difference of forty or forty-five dollars between this and the standard, medium priced reel. Now, it is for you to decide whether you should pay this high price, for to the average fisherman there would not be that much difference in the actual worth of the two. If I were a wealthy man and were buying a fishing outfit, I would buy the very best, but as it is I must be content with less costly goods. However, I will buy the best that I can afford and try to be content.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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