I'll make this short. I have cared about Kaufmanns because they got me started in fly fishing. I was in the Seattle store on Wednesday April 13. I learned that Lance would be in town Thursday. Last night at my fly club meeting I spoke to an ex Kaufmann employee. He told me both the Seattle store and the Tigard store closed as of this Monday (or maybe Friday). I called both stores and the mail order number listed on their web page. No answer and no recorded message after more than ten rings at each of the three numbers. Sadly I think this chapter of Northwest fly fishing history has finally succumbed to a slow and painful death.