At every fly tackle show, there's always something that stands out from
the mountains of products. It's the one thing you thought was a great
idea. It's fun looking at all the stuff, but sometimes it gets a little
repetitious. It seems everyone has a new rod, reel or float tube these
days. You can find dozens of shirts, vests and nets that look the same
at first glance. If you want to see a new wader, you'll have a lot of
chances; everyone has one.
So, what do you pick as the best? I decided
to look for the best value at the show. You know, the most
bang for the buck. I also set my sights on a product or line
of products priced at a level appealing to the novice or
intermediate flyfisher. A product line you could afford on a
modest income. A product line I can afford on my modest income.
I chose the Pacific Fly Group as the
best of the show because they offer a line of excellent
products priced in a very affordable range. You
won't have to sell your car to afford one of their nets,
jackets or vests; but it might look like you spent a
bundle on them.
For instance, how would you like a
long handle net with a wood frame and a cane hoop? Add
catch and release netting and a beautiful finish and
you'd expect to pay anywhere from $65 to $165, but not
if it's a Pacific Fly Group net. Their nets fit the
product description but are priced from $8.95 to $29.95.
If it's a vest you're after, they
have a sweet one that looks identical to one offered by
a major company in New England. The one in New England
sells for about $165, but the Pacific Fly Group vest sells
for $59.95. If you want a nice mesh vest, that one sells
for $49.95. Folks, these are retail prices!
They offer a waterproof, breathable
wading jacket for $99.95 retail. If you want the deluxe
model, it sells for $169.00. Their vent back fishing shirts
have roomy pockets, roll up sleeves, come in five colors and all
the common sizes for $35.00 retail. Not bad, eh?
Their wading shoes are nice looking,
offer good ankle support, are light weight and have thick,
felt soles. The regular version sells for $69.95 and the
studded version sells for $74.95. Again, this boot looks a lot
like the one offered by a famous company in New England for
about twice the Pacific Fly price.
Since this company does a lot of
private label clothing for other companies, I wonder
where that company I mentioned earlier gets their
clothing? I won't lose any sleep thinking about it
though, I've already decided where to buy my next
vest and boots. Hmmm, maybe a few more shirts would
Ask the fly shop you deal with if
they carry Pacific Fly Group products. If they don't,
ask why not. If they resist the idea, call
1-800-582-5145 for the dealer nearest you.