Many fly fisherman/woman have never been fly fishing in the winter months or even late fall. Why? We don’t know. Maybe because it’s cold, or they don’t think there’s much action. Fly fishing during the much colder months offers its’ own rewards, but you’ve got to adapt to the conditions to make the most out of your excursion.
So, you want to know how much you should spend on a fly rod. It’s not all about the dollars, but more about the fit.
Fish are highly sensitive to their environment. Us fly fisherman need to be students of that environment and how it impacts the behavior of the fish to increase our odds of success. Some of us are better students than others, and a journal will help you learn more and be better educated to improve your odds on the water.