The only constant is change and there has been a lot of change going on recently in the fly fishing retail industry. Lots of big names and brands are selling direct and high end fly rods and associated gear seem to be showing up everywhere. Companies like Costco and other various super stores are now becoming vendors of high end fishing equipment!
However, let us not forget that fly fishing is a specialty sport with many nuances as individual and particular as the fisherman themselves. In this era of big box companies, jaw dropping sales and corporate promotions it is important to remember how most of us first learned the basics of fly fishing.
Maybe the clerk at Costco can tell you what is hatching on the river right now, or maybe he can answer a newcomers question about leaders and tippet. And maybe he can teach someone how to cast a fly rod for the first time. But somehow I doubt it.
It is the guys and girls at the fly shop that are the back bones of this industry. They see the new
gear first, write the fishing reports and help us all get the proper equipment for our next big trip. They spool our reels and clean our lines. They help newcomers quicken their learning curve. They
provide a listening ear and a home away from home for anglers of all ages!
Over the years I have been in lots of fly shops and I can’t wait for the next time I get to check out the fly shop. No matter how old I get, the new gear and new flies and shop talk will always make me feel like a kid in a candy store!
So the moral to the story is SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FLY SHOP. Our friends and affiliates at Trout’s Fly Shop have the store stocked with world class fly fishing equipment and their fly bins are bar none the best on Colorado’s Front Range. Stop by the shop and chat it up with their staff of fly fishing professionals.
Check them out at: www.troutsflyfishing.com
Or visit the shop at:
Trout’s Fly Fishing
1303 E. 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
The guys will outfit you for your next fly fishing adventure and be sure and ask about guided trips on premiere fly fishing preserves withThe Flyfisher Guide Service, www.theflyfisher.com
Or let Colorado Trout Fisher take you and your guests to a favorite local trout
fishing destination, www.coloradotroutfisher.com
The Flyfisher Group