This Thanksgiving season, we here at Simms celebrate those things for which we are thankful.
Some things in life are just comforting. Sitting around after a long day on the river with your buds telling tales. Warming up with a fire after a long day of wading in cold water chasing fish. That first step in the Caribbean after a long plane ride.
Perhaps nothing is more comforting, however, that the trip to the fly shop. It is like going to a small town and visiting the 100 year old hardware store. The lighting is bright, the coffee is hot, the locals are gathered around, the banter is priceless and so, too, is the information. Wherever you are, that sign of a fly shop somehow tells you that you are where you should be.
No two fly shops are the same, either. Go to Wal-Mart and they are almost all identical. Not fly shops. Some are in strip malls, others in historical buildings and other in log cabins. Some are in the city, while others line the banks of the country’s most storied rivers. Regardless of these facts, they all serve the same purpose – to provide excitement and that intrinsic knowledge of what you are about to face on the water. The right flies to use, the right techniques, the best gear to use – all of this is of critical importance AND only available at your local fly shop.
We could go on and on because fly shops are just so darn cool. So this Thanksgiving, we tip our hat to our fly shop partners. We have about 450 of them in North America alone and glad to know each one of them.
Now it is your turn – tell us a favorite fly shop story or nominate your favorite.
Here is a selection of fly shop images from our Simms Retailer Locator.