I work in the Seattle area and live in North Bend 30 miles east of town. I have visited everyone of the shops mentioned in these posts at some time or another in the past 5 years. I tend to run over to Patrick's during the middle of the week while on lunch when I am short of materials or flies and plan to fish that weekend. If you need it, they seem to have it. I have always gotten a lot of advice and chat when needed and at the same time, as mentioned, they don't push. If I had any complaints at all it would have to be clear off the fly table so I can see the entire great selection of trout flies! I gotta laugh. I think every time I go in someone is eating lunch on the table!