Video killed the radio star. I remember when Skagit Anglers was still open. It was far more than a fly shop. It was a meeting place for fishermen. If it weren't for the shop and the people that frequented it my steelhead fly fishing learning curve would have been one steep road. Ideas were exchanged, fishing reports were given, casting help, tying help. Trips were planned. A lot of the creativity that went into the Skagit style lines and cast was done while standing around the shop talking about fishing. I remember many evenings working on line lengths and weights for new 2 handers coming out. New flies, the first Intruder I saw was one Ed brought into Skagit Anglers one afternoon years ago. Kim closed the place for two reasons; first I think he was tired of running the place and second he felt he couldn't compete with the internet. Like others have said, if you have a local shop, support it. You will not know how much of a resource you have until it is gone.