A lot more goes into a good fly shop than some big-name decals on the windows.
Sometimes, a good fly shop has faded sign with a cartoon worm underneath the words “live bait.”
I’m not kidding. What makes a good fly shop is all about the soul on the inside. You need flies, rods, and all the miscellany to make it a store. But it is the people, and what they offer, who give it soul.
On this episode of the podcast, I recount some formative fly fishing experiences from an unlikely angling location.