New Pro Bass Shop in south Tacoma but support Puget Sound Fly Co.

DennisE

Topwater and tying.
#31
I was recently in Louisiana and stopped in the BP in Baton Rouge. Relative to the Lacey Cabelas, I was favorably impressed with their fly fishing department. Given their location, the FF department was about the same size as the one at Cabelas and better stocked. They also had a good assortment of fly tying materials.
I figure the big box stores are a good option for picking up materials that I haven't been able to find at local shops. I bought some very small chenille at BP that I've been looking for at the local shops (GH, PS and even Sportco) with no luck.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#32
Other than needing to spend $25 on the Bass Pro gift card that came with a NRA renewal, they have nothing in the fly fishing department to worry our local fly shops.
 

JayB

Active Member
#33
There's a place for mass market retailers and there's a place for high-end niche shops. Mass market retailers can actually help niche retailers by expanding the market for fly fishing gear, since a certain percentage of the people that get started with gear that they bought from BPS will eventually seek out specialized products, expertise, and higher end gear at niche shops.

That's what happened in my case - I started young, no one in my family or anyone I knew had ever fly fished before, and I picked up my first gear at Fred Myers when I was 11 or 12. I had no idea specialty fly shops even existed, and even if I did, there's no way I could have or would have been able to buy a complete outfit with the money I had. By the time I was 14 I was tying my own flies and spending big chunks of my paper-route money at The Morning Hatch. I have no idea how much money I've spent on fly-gear at specialty stores at this point, but it's possible that the total could well have been zero if I hadn't been able to get my hands on that first $20 outfit.

I witnessed the same thing happen with my brother in law recently. His wife bought him a complete entry level outfit three years ago and since that time he's purchased gear worth around 20X as much as the cost of the original outfit at local specialty retailers.

I'm sure it's waaaay easier said than done, but I'm convinced that if local specialty retailers play their cards right the arrival of a mass-market retailer can actually help their business grow.