February 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm #6006
I have always believed in supporting my local shops, especially when it comes to fishing. And the more local the better, but sometimes you find something that just screams in your face and you know you have found it.
And I did.
My closest fly shop seems to be dwindling down, no matter how many times I go in and buy their merchandise. I don’t understand why either, they seem to have a good customer base, and I have met some fishing celebrities there as well. Friendly staff and very knowledgeable. The owner Mike Kruise, has co-wrote the book Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s IPWA. Great book.
But, since the shop near me is becoming more limited, though they will order me anything I want to buy, it’s becoming discouraging to go there. And some of the online places have a few things I need, but then I have to shop somewhere else for the rest. So it hasn’t been too user friendly, but it worked.
I think I found a place online that has pretty much what I’m looking for without having to go to other sites, or drive to the next town. It’s not in CO, or in the USA, but in the UK. Creek, you have probably have already seen this site. It’s The Essential Fly.February 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm #6007
I have, but I haven’t done business with them. What are you buying from them?February 15, 2017 at 10:57 pm #6008
Nothing at the moment, because I already bought some Partridge spider hooks, and silk thread and a few other small items from Feather-Craft 7 days ago, and still waiting for it to arrive.
I like the fact you can get Greys products. There were some other things that caught my attention, but can’t remember what they are at the moment. Too busy with other things.
Anyway, that Classic Trout rod is supposed to arrive tomorrow.February 15, 2017 at 11:15 pm #6009February 16, 2017 at 9:56 am #6011
I take that back. They have an item that really caught my eye. They have leather fly wallets that zip closed. Just like my grandpa had, and that I now have. I keep his in his creel, but now I can get one for myself and put my spiders & other soft hackles flies in it.
Maybe take it to a leather worker and have something put on it like the picture on my grandpas of a fly fisherman on front, and rod & gear on the back.February 16, 2017 at 10:59 am #6012
They used the wallets because the gut was attached to the fly when it was tied. Are you doing that too?February 16, 2017 at 11:06 am #6013
No. My grandpas flies still have a small piece of tippet tied to them with a loop at the other end. But I will tell you right now, it ain’t gut.
Is there a good reason to have line about 4 to 6 inches long already tied to the flies and keeping them in the wallet?
Or is it an act of convenience?February 16, 2017 at 11:30 am #6014
I don’t know what your grandpa did or why. Before they started to make hooks with eyes they had to tie in the gut as they tied the fly. That’s the only mandatory reason to have gut/tippet attached to a fly.
You sure you can tell the difference between silk gut and mono? I sure can’t and I have them both in front of me as I type this.February 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm #6081
Well I went and ordered a leather fly wallet, plus some other things as well.I figured through the long posting between creek and I, that I’d go ahead and get one just for my spiders. This way on the days that I want to really be a minimalist and fish only spiders, I can just put the wallet in my pocket with some extra tippet if needed and grab my rod and go.
Other than that, everything else like my dry flies stay in their box either in my fishing bag or vest.
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