Somehow, I got on the mailing list for the Madison River Fishing Company; not really sure how … it doesn’t really matter. Their focus is the serious fly fisherman.

When I was but a lad, living in Tennessee and Minnesota, I used to love to go fishing; granted, all I ever did was bait and lure fish, but I still had a great time hanging out in the boat or on the shore of the lake casting and reeling, casting and reeling; and there’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh caught fish.

Now, I have a number of friends who are seriously into fly fishing, and I’ve thought about asking them to teach me, but after looking through the catalogue, I’m beginning to have second thoughts, especially considering how much of a gear junkie I am.

The Madison River Fishing Company is definitely not for a gear geek like me … or rather it is, which is why I must avoid it at all costs. As I said above, it caters to the fly fisherman, and certainly to the serious enthusiast at that, with $1000 rods, $1000 reels, and $500 spools of line, not to mention all the other gear, like vests, wading gear, bags, nets, tools … and all of this before you get to the flies, which of course is an entirely different and additional set of expenses.

I need to put this catalogue in the recycling bin, and bury it deep so I don’t pull it out again. Thankfully, at this point, I don’t know how to fly fish, so spending any money would be completely ludicrous, but I can already tell that if I get hooked, I’m going to be in big trouble.