That kind of money is simply not needed to get quality fly fishing gear. My favorite fly rod is a 3wt Ross that cost me less than $200. My waders were less than $150 & have pretty much lasted me seven years.thank god for aqua seal. Got orvis & loomis reals that both ran around $100 and function perfectly. Looking for deals,being patient & loyalty to local shops all payoff. Cheap or affordable doesn't mean poor quality all the time,but research is the key.