How to save $200 (painfully)

First, stop by the Orvis warehouse sale on your way back from Westport (runs through January 25th). Pretend that you’re there to look for another pair of those $98 bluejeans (??!!) selling for $19, but drift over to the folding table where they have Vortex 8-12 wt. reels for sale, 1/2 price from original retail of $395. Hold the reel in your hand, feel its lightweight-strength and appreciate its glossy finish, its smooth action, dream a bit, and calculate that 1/2 off would pay for a guide’s services down in the keys. Well, perhaps not a full day, but if the lovely Miss Hooper were to accompany you, with or without bikini, and share the expense …

Then remember that you’re not planning a trip to the keys this year and that Miss Hooper has shown no sign of interest in inviting you down south. Andy Madoff is busy, Walter’s rented out the Villa Mustique to strangers and who the hell knows if there are fish off Mustique anyway? (There’s no need to remember that you already own a 10 wt. reel – what does that matter?) Place the reel back on the table, turn left and walk out the door. You’ve done it! Go treat yourself to a Starbucks – you’ve earned it, you frugal shopper you. The economy weeps.



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6 responses to “How to save $200 (painfully)

  1. fred

    Aren’t Vortex 8-12 wt. reels diecast in China at a cost of $2.40 each?

  2. FlyAngler

    Chris – Did the same thing on Monday. Handled at least four reels, none of which I needed. Waived several rods in the air (why do we do that since it means nothing?) and looked at various do-dads. Walked out empty handed and I think I felt better about not buying anything.

  3. christopherfountain

    In the interest of full disclosure, Fly Angler, I was not so successful last week, when I saw a 3 piece 5 wt. pack rod, perfect for the backpacking trip I’m not planning to go on. But I’m ready if I do!

  4. FlyAngler

    But you WILL be ready when someone invites you on a backpacking trip….

    BTW, you never responded to my email about the flyfishing magazines I am clearing out. I have several years worth of American Angler, Fly Rod & Reel, etc. that are yours for the asking. Then you can look at the photos and consider all the locations at which you could use your new purchase.

    • christopherfountain

      Yes, thanks. I’ll call you and arrange a pick up, thank you very much. Lots of pictures of the Lovely Miss Hooper, or have you already posted those around your den?