Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by ottorotate, Jul 13, 2013.
Avid Angler in Lake Forest Park. Just keep driving when you get off the ferry and you will eventually run right into it. http://www.avidangler.com/
I'm late to the party on this thread but was struck that nobody mentioned the Orvis shop in Bellevue. If you're gonna drive all the way to Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Issaquah, or Tacoma, making the short the trip across the lake to Bellevue is a no-brainer.
Unlike all the shops mentioned above, Orvis is backed by some pretty deep pockets. That means you'll almost never see empty pegs on the wall where hooks, dubbing or leader wheels used to hang in some of the other shops mentioned, but are now out of stock. Even better is the near-legendary service that Orvis Bellevue is renowned for. You don't need to be an old-timer or long-time shop patron to see the welcome mat roll out. Orvis is a particularly good choice for newbies or first-time visitors.
I always go to the Avid Angler in Lake Forest Park. Great people and very knowledgeable. Patrick's has been a bit gruff and condescending on the phone with me when I needed a new tip top for a rod, like he was pretty sure I didn't know what I was doing. That phone call has deterred me so far, but everyone has a bad day so who knows.
Ditto. Not on my regular path, we boated to Gig Harbor for lunch a couple months ago, and I stopped in to the fly shop for a look see. Very impressive shop. Large, well stocked, and manned by a fun group to chat with. I'll be back when I can. Recommended.
I've thought this for quite awhile, we're blessed to have so many excellent shops in Pugetopolis. Much of the Country has a box store 2 hours away, as their best option. I guess they can thank Al Gore for the internets.
I was just in Patrick's today and it was pitch perfect. I like giving Jimmy my money as much as I'm going to like parting with it anywhere. I've seen the shop in a couple incarnations and it seems to be at its best these days.
Any transplant geezers here remember Moon's in Boise? Put an old timely lunch counter in the old Warshal's and you'd be really close.
It's true that everybody has a bad day,but some people never seem to have good days.
Jimmy has treated enough people like dogshit over the years to warrant either a going out of business sale or a change in philosophy. I'm guessing he realized that running a shop was a better option than closing one down.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I managed to visit Waters West, Avid Angler, Patrick's, Puget Sound Fly Co and Gig Harbor Fly. If I had to pick one place to go back to, Water's West would be it just because of the selection of tying material.