I’ll go on record as saying that I think “Pro Deals” and “Pro Staff” are totally fine.
But just like anything else in fly fishing (or in the rest of the world), abuse can ruin a good thing. Kirk Deeter’s recent Angling Trade piece articulated some of the real problems that exist with this system. It is clear why “Pro Staffers” give this legitimate marketing tactic a bad name, and it makes sense why some are agitated by the whole institution.
In this episode I talk about a few different perspectives, specifically mine : an amateur fly fishing writer.