Exactly !...it is up to them, what they buy, and who from....I personally, mainly, tie my own, for good or bad ?I think Frodin has had a huge impact on our fishing today...(tubes, dressings, techniques etc.).
Regarding prices...well his (Far East produced) flies is more expensive that (many) others.... and some mention the poor quality...but I have personally bought flies at half the cost that I (when received) would not even think of using - because of low quality, that you could not se on the web - where the flies showed were different......Most skilled tier's on this forum makes better flies in general.
A short remark regarding prices .......of course many will buy Frodins flies no matter what price the are...
Look at the rods......(brands just metioned as examples)
Loop 15' 7x approx 1500 £ !!
Sage 15' X approx 1200 £ !!
Guideline 15' Elevation 425 £
All 3 rods will work...
When we are paying this kind of money for rods (could go on with reels and lines) ofcourse many will pay more that 10£ or more for a tubefly.
Mainly because I have bought some right dogs...unravelling materials, a lot of very poor quality hooks....so now I only ever buy tubes, unless they specifically tie on something like my favourite...Loop doubles, and 9/10 I buy a couple or 3 just to see how it is tied, and then tie my own version, adding any tweaks I prefer.
There are people on here, and in the marketplace, that are superb tiers...and I would have no hesitancy in buying from them, or recommending them, and have done, in numbers in the past, especially when it is above my limited skill.
I just don't see the need to rip into the guy, for doing what a lot of other people do in this sport....beats charging full whack, when they know there is no fish, and has never been at that time of year? Clothing that just doesn't do what it says it should, rods that go bang when asked to do what they are supposed to?
Mr Frodin trades on his reputation... I bet if everyone who received a lower quality fly than they were expecting for the price point, were to complain, and to send him them back he would very quickly have a hard look at his QA !
Thing is, some would expect it to come with a 20 lb'r already attached?
'I fish because it is what I want to do, nobody can make me!'