I would redirect your funds to original Ari T Hart Reels in mint condition, original Steve Abel art reels and early Hardy Alnwick reels. These have all appreciated really well and continue to do soI am seriously tempted to invest in the Hardy Trout Smuggler Set – Hardy have collaborated with the Salmon and Trout Conservation trust
This collaboration marks Hardy’s support for their conservation efforts and a revenue contribution from each sale will go to the Salmon and Trout Conservation Trust (their vision, which is for healthier wild fish stocks, improved biodiversity and less pollution in our rivers)
Now the question is. Is this a good investment. I have never invested in fishing gear.
its a lot of money. However in a few years down the line its should gain not loss.
Or should i not?
That sounds similar to the demand for some action figures that require them to be boxed and mint...how sad it must be for a toy to have never left the box!People are paying a lot of money for antique Hardy reels, American reels like Bogdans and cane rods by (mostly) American masters. The rest you may make modest money if you wait a long time, like decades. Some things like old American lures are incredibly valuable.
Of course they normally have to be in pristine condition, preferably unused, in their original boxes and cases. What shame though, to have never used incredible pieces of fishing equipment for some possible increase in value decades down the line which you may never see the fruit of?
Best to just buy tackle to enjoy and fish (and admire).
It's not so much the quality of the item (although a premier branded name will usually retain more value than an economy one, but also cost more in the first place), it's the rod too. For example, I bought a 9' #7/8 Hardy Sovereign rod around 1990 and it cost me £225, which is around £450 at today's money values. It's now worth around £150 as it's still in VGC. As I said above, in 2008 I bought a 9' 6" #6 Sage FLi, which cost me £220, and the FLi is now being listed for more than that on eBay - around the equivalent of what I paid for it at today's money values.Investment is probably the wrong word, perhaps offset the cost of expensive tackle? have something that is worth more than nothing down the line, a well looked after Sage XP would fetch maybe half it's value today, maybe more tomorrow, I see that as a pretty good investment even if the original price tag was a lot more than it is today when adjusted for inflation, it shows that quality is worth owning in good things, not much use in functionally average things in my opinion, classics are classics for a reason.
Dreams of making real money are probably just that, collectors might just make a bit but they put the work in and fear using things, but maybe with a bit of thought you can use quality all your fishing days and save/have more value than a cupboard full of worthless junk tackle by the end of that.
I wouldn’t even give 50£ for a Fli, to my taste one of the ugliest and worst Sage rod ever ;-)!!! That said each to its own! Also be careful about Ebay prices… À lot of stuff never gets bought or is bought between insurance claim fraudsters at vastly inflated and imaginary prices to prove to PayPal the “value” of an item…It's not so much the quality of the item (although a premier branded name will usually retain more value than an economy one, but also cost more in the first place), it's the rod too. For example, I bought a 9' #7/8 Hardy Sovereign rod around 1990 and it cost me £225, which is around £450 at today's money values. It's now worth around £150 as it's still in VGC. As I said above, in 2008 I bought a 9' 6" #6 Sage FLi, which cost me £220, and the FLi is now being listed for more than that on eBay - around the equivalent of what I paid for it at today's money values.
So why the difference in price? The Sovereign was Hardy's top of the range rod at the time, ISTR the FLi was only one step up from Sage's bottom of the range at the time. Most likely it's because the FLi is seen as a more modern and usable rod, plus the fact that the cheapest new Sage rod now costs around £500.
So a lot of factors come into play as to whether or not a rod will hold it's price over the years, and that's before you even get into the realms of the vagaries of the antiques and collectors market.
I bought a couple of the Limited edition Charles Jardine 3'1/8th wide spool perfects lovely things.I bought them as I was getting zero intrest in my Bank account.So just thought why not buy something that might give me a return. but in the meantime give me joy in ownership.