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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Greatest garage sale/thrift store fishing scores...

What's yours? I am sure there a lot of these out there. I saw a post on the internet the other day by a guy who found a beautiful old metal fly box full of classic flies. I have never had much luck, the only really good one being a nice copy of Trey Combs 'The Steelhead Trout'.
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I got pretty lucky one day at a garage sale. I found a NIB Hardy Perfect Reel with agate line guard with paperwork for $100. I think the reel was about 50 years old but never lined. It was a RHW, I think 3 3/8" maybe. I also picked up a barely used Simms G3 rain jacket that was like new for $20. I'm not finished though, I also scored a Hardy Viscount reel in good shape for $10 and a Hardy St John reel for $20.

A coupe of weeks later I traded the Perfect for a NIB 4" Hardy Perfect LHW at the local fly shop. It's now on the Burkie.
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Barely used Watermaster raft at a garage sale....$50.
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Maybe not the best find, but I found a cardboard barrel full of fly rods at a yard sale and the guy wanted 1 dollar for each. I bought the whole barrel, ended up paying 18 dollars for it and there were two Sage RPL fly rods in there. I gave the others to local kids that I teach to fly fish.
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I scored a whole polar bear hide.
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I scored a whole polar bear hide.
Gonna be hard to top that.
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Watermaster raft for $50, Hardy perfect $100, you guys took advantage of fishermen's widows
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A Spey Page member has the signature of " I hate to think that after I die, my wife will sell my equipment for what I told her it cost me." I think that may be the case at these garage sales.

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This one isn’t really that sexy, but I will relate it based on how lucky I FELT at the time.

I dropped by a shop in a small town in Northern California that always sold some fly fishing items including fly tying materials even though it was mostly a gear type place. As a kid I would have referred to this as a “bait shop”. They do in fact sell (many types of) bait there!

Well the last time I wandered into the belly of that beast it turned out they had decided to close out ALL the fly fishing stuff. It was all piled up upstairs so you had to work at it. If someone wanted a steal on a fly rod, reel or line then I have no doubt they would also have found many items to blow their mind. As for me, about half-an-hour after digging found my unicorn, a large stash of Alec Jackson spey hooks at %95 off! This included a large packet of the rather hard to find #12s and all other sizes! So with pocket change I walked away with what was (for me) nearly a lifetime supply of Alec Jackson hooks.

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I scored a whole polar bear hide.
That might be the most Canadian post I’ve ever read.
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Just some inside info on me picking up my NIB Hardy Perfect for $100 at a garage sale. The gentleman, the seller had realized that father time had won the battle as it always does, but still alive and well, just not well enough to get on the river like he used to do. The reel wasn't priced, so when I asked him "How much"?, he asked me if I thought it was worth $250. I said "Yeah, it's worth $250, and more". He said I'll take $100 dollars for it.....
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My wife and I are avid garage-salers and flea-marketers, almost making a sport of it - even toying with the idea or writing a book, an article for the newspapers or maybe an app to connect garage sale listings to GPS, all in all, we've had great fun and good success over the years.

Except, in my neck of the woods its oh so rare to find anything remotely fly-fishing related, except this one time:

I was out with my old dad garage-saleing (I learned it all from him) and we were approaching this one sale in the van, and I was already scanning the items before the van was even parked. Before my dad (who was at the wheel) could even slow the car down, I had the door open and was rushing up to the vendor tables in a fit because of something I just saw.

This one smug gentleman was walking AWAY from the sale with three Scott rod tubes under one arm, two SAGE tubes under the other arm and a plastic bag clearly brimming with fly boxes and reels. I was too late!!!
Upon frantically inspecting what was left over, I picked up the scraps: an older Orvis Battenkill reel, a vest with a couple old knickknacks, an old trout net and one empty fly box. The price for all these items was only 5$. I can't imagine what the other fella paid for all that loot, but it musta been cheap the way he was beetling outta there fast as he could! It was indeed a widow's sale.

Literally, that event has haunted my dreams from time to time!

On another note, I did acquire my very first two-handed spey rod at a garage sale many years ago: a 15' 10/11 Flextec Speycaster. I had no idea what I was doing, but for 40$ I figured I'd give it a try. That 40$ turned into a countless fortune spent on the two-hander game!

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Never having found a flipping thing relevant to fly fishing (let alone anything like a pre-war Perfect) at a garage sale, reading these posts is killing me. Absolutely killing me.
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Was just remembering at the Pueblo flea market about 8 or 9 years ago I came up on a table with a black fly reel on it. Any way the guy wanted 20 bucks for it saying it was one of the best reels made in the past. I didn't buy it but we went back the next weekend and I offered the guy 15 bucks which he took. Took the reel home and researched it, it is an Albright that when it was new went for 250 bucks. I made a small plastic part which was cracked for it and have had it in a rod since. Not a bad find I guess.

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