So just for kicks, I went to the gun store the other day, and noticed a Citori Lightning sells for $1899. In other words, a little more than twice what it was back then. Just like the fly rods cost about double what they were. Seems like the fly rod prices aren't that whacky after all. And I'd bet the technology and materials are a whole lot different in flyrods today, than they are in guns. What's more, the rod manufacturers have also introduced a ton of great sticks at lower prices. You can get a great St. Croix Imperial, for example, for a couple hundred bucks or less.