Is buying fishing equipment addictive

Fugley-fisher

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Now I've not bought a rod for at least 4-6 months, I've a tri cast long range medium feeder I'm not overly keen on I'd like to replace it with..? But I've not decided so I'm hanging fire I had seen a supera 11'6 in the classified section but dithered and it sold, just been looking at nejohn's selection and was tempted by the Ian heaps offering, trying to persuade myself I've a gap in the armory for a light waggler rod, but I don't really.

That's just rods, don't get me started on floats or feeders, and I don't use that many feeders but I feel I have to have one for every eventuality.

Are we ever truly happy with what we have or is the next "greatest best ever rod/pole/reel" going to tempt you or you feel your searching for the perfect item to do a niche job when actually you already have something acceptable but not perfect.

Are you happy with your tackle, or do you have a compulsive magpie urge to buy more shiny things.

The question is do I need help is there no cure for this affliction, should I just accept my tackle will always need updating 🤔.

I do love to handle a new rod/reel/whip and I'm sure if I did pole one them to, who else has a tackle Kleptomania dark side, I did however buy two new reels and a side try but that has not satiated my appetite for more more more
 

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I thought I was happy with what I had in terms of rods, and decided last year to stop looking to do anything other than replace kit when it broke. However, I realised this year that not having anything on my wish list meant that I had stopped trying to improve and pretty much come to a halt. This has little to do with " It's new so I'm buying it", but more to do with " How do I improve my chances of landing X, seeking and landing bigger and better specimens in differing environs, and so on. If this means that I need a longer or more versatile rod then let's do it!

I like the motivation sentiment expressed a while back by someone who's name I cannot remember which goes something like this

"May you achieve all your dreams bar one!"

What I really need is not so much the desire to update my tackle when necessary, but maybe more to do with updating me!
 

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Unfortunately my circumstances dont allow me to buy much atm so it really is a case of making do with what i have. As a rule though i only buy what i need when i need it anyway. As long as what i have does what i need it to do i dont replace it, even when i had the money to do so i would wait until something is broken. I do, however, get a bit excited when i get something new even if it’s something as little as a new float or elastic lol
 

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The last new actual tackle I bought was a couple of years back. I bought 2 Shimano Sahara reels, and after 2 years I've only used 1 of them. The other has not seen daylight and is still in it's box. That's what made me decide that enough is enough, I have all I need (and a bit more besides) so my money stays in my pocket when it comes to new tackle. If I don't need it by now, I never will and I don't buy it just because it's the 'latest 'in' thing'. I have got my gear sorted and separated into 3 main categories, River, Carp and Stillwater, I can just grab and go knowing I have what I need when I need it. Besides, I'm a tight git poor pensioner.
 

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I currently have just about everything I need for the types of fishing I plan to do this year at least. But I still can’t stop myself from looking at listings on eBay and Facebook. Even for stuff I don’t have much interest in trying at the minute such as poles, I still find myself looking at them.
 

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I was ‘starved’ of decent gear as a kid. When I got back into my fishing about 20 years ago, I went a bit wild on eBay. No regrets, as I knew what I wanted, and most of the stuff I was looking for was out of production anyway. I now have everything I’m ever likely to need, other than consumables. Even hooks I’ve stockpiled, as again, many of the patterns I wanted were obsolete.
 

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If anyone wishes to " upgrade" their tackle and is unsure what to do with the redundant tackle, To ease your conscience I will take it off your hands , it won't cost You much for this discreet service , normally the cost of posting the said items to Me ,where they will be lovingly looked after and given the attention they deserve . 👍😃
 

rudd

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Unfortunately my circumstances dont allow me to buy much atm so it really is a case of making do with what i have. As a rule though i only buy what i need when i need it anyway. As long as what i have does what i need it to do i dont replace it, even when i had the money to do so i would wait until something is broken. I do, however, get a bit excited when i get something new even if it’s something as little as a new float or elastic lol
I always research, save up and get best available to suit needs, this goes back to days when disposable income was short and I traded tackle to make some money, used to upgrade tackle.
These days have more disposable income but I still think the same.
I have not replaced a rod for fifteen years or so as the ones I have for whatever task - suit.

My issue is terminal tackle and ebay.
One click buy it now with address all in system = dangerous.
 

Fugley-fisher

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@rudd with the invention of Google pay, apple pay and the like one can auto fill nearly all the required boxes, so it's now a very dangerous place this iterweb shopping beast, no longer just amazon or ebay to tempt but the whole bloody lot, but I did restrain myself earlier I had a bits n pieces order and several bags of groundbait ( my stock room has been depleted) but I decided to hold off, main reason mid week match could not guarantee delivery by Wednesday so I'll have to buy it from a shop instead, possibly costing even more.
 

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I’m fairly happy with what I’ve got having pretty much completely overhauled my gear in the last 3-4 years which is just as well as budget constraints prevent me from getting much more. If I earned a bit more I could could always find something else to buy though.
 

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Shortest answer to OP - yes, if you let it!

When I got back on the bankside I was determined not to get drawn in to the latest, newest, shiny thing, must have syndrome - so far so good.
But I could do with a new seat, or maybe a box, and a short feeder rod, and a bite alarm, maybe a longer float rod or a dedicated pellet waggler rod, perhaps a rod specifically for drop-shotting. A bigger brolly would be nice too, and a bait tray stand, and a bait tray cover, and, and, and.....................

But self discipline must be maintained!!!
 

Arry

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I used to... then I saw the light and moved away from the Dark Side... however I did have a rather unhealthy obsession with Center Pin reels, but I have it under control now... my Eureka was my last... all I buy now is bait
 

rudd

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I used to... then I saw the light and moved away from the Dark Side... however I did have a rather unhealthy obsession with Center Pin reels, but I have it under control now... my Eureka was my last... all I buy now is bait
We have seen your bait fridge Arry, more additives and potions than Holland and Barrett!
 

Arry

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Not bought any for..... ooooh 3 weeks now
Anyway... thats not tackle...😜🤣

Edit... anything the wife buys me doesn't count either...😜👍
 

BarryS

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I have decided I have enough.....only buying hooks/line and small replaceables from now on.
Too many rods...too many reels....80% never get used.
 

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Certainly not a kleptomaniacal dark side, I prefer to pay for my purchases😂😂

But yes, there always seems to be something I need, or want, although starting from scratch just over a year ago and quickly getting into match fishing, I’ve had to kit myself out with a lot of stuff.

The only real itches I’ve got are a pole upgrade to an MTX 4, a silvers waggler setup and a decent pellet waggler. Aside from that I’m pretty set for the foreseeable.

Until the next time I see something I like the look of👍
 
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