The Top Selling Fly Fishing Item On Amazon.comI'm an Amazon.com junkie. My wife signed our family up for Amazon Prime a year or two ago and I just haven't looked back since. Honestly, it's just so much easier to have something show up at your door in 2 days then drive wherever to find whatever. Every single Christmas present I bought for someone else came from Amazon. Every...single...one...which is crazy, because I work for a (competing) e-commerce company myself.
|My doorstep, every 3rd day...|
Anyway, I never really thought to use Amazon to acquire fly fishing gear besides maybe books...you know the mantra, "support your local fly shop"...but I was curious to see what they offered. You can find some random, yet familiar items and brands via their marketplace, but most of it is a hodgepodge of gobbledygook.
Do you know what the #1 selling fly fishing item (non book) on Amazon is?
An Eagle Claw fly rod?
Budget Scientific Anglers fly line?
A generic Kenyan-tied fly assortment?
Maybe nippers...or tippet spools...or hooks?
How about this beauty...
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I'm not going to knock a "starter outfit," as we all get our starts somewhere and not everyone can sling a Sage, but I do find it odd in reading the customer reviews that the kit includes fly line and a leader...but umm...has no backing? They must not expect you to get into any fish that might take any line, but whatever...what does one expect for $21.99? (Besides about 10 or 11 gallons of gas, something I never thought I'd ever write). I sort of want to pick one up as the ultimate "beater" rod.
Somewhat coincidentally, I stumbled upon THIS press release the other day recapping the highlights of Amazon's holiday season and found it to be an extremely interesting read. Their most popular Outdoors items over the holidays probably weren't what you'd think they were either. A personal water filter, a thermal blanket, and hand warmers. I guess the Crystal River combo didn't rank...