If he lost a bunch of Spey rods/high end reels or Winstons outfitted with Perfects they’d be pushing $1,500, but 6 or 7 setups? That’d still leave $5,000 for waders, flies, bags, pontoons, etc. I think the exaggeration part definitely comes into play. Or insurance fraud.
Fishermen getting unattended gear jacked is unfortunately as old as fishing.
Anywho, hope the fishing has been good and the lake isn’t too crowded with Wickiup and Crescent being a mess.
That was my initial thought. It also looked like his wife or lady friend posting it. No matter what I lost I don't think I would let my wife know it was even close to that much.