Roger that! Same thoughts from me. Been there done that. Ran an Anderson's Sporting Goods store in Oregon.I was in the sporting goods business for 40+ years 3 shops plus warehouse ski/snowboard The money is in the little stuff ie flies, hooks, hats , gink etc.... Bigger items are rarely keystone more likely 30 to 40 margin and clothing is usually keystone unless its a clear-out this means a jacket that sells for 200.00 costs the shop 100.00 I know that we were eager to get rid of anything after the season so we would have open to buy on close outs. This is one of the reasons you see rod models for a number of years as there is not a lot of margin on something the shops do not sell a lot off. Skis were much the same as far as profit goes and bikes are even worse but they get people in the door so after you sell a rod/ski the trick is to sell the add ons .......
Fly shops stay in the black through tippet, leaders, and the ten most popular patterns they sell. Everything else is difficult to turnover and has low margins.Thanks - I'm sure both fly lines and top end rods are high profit for the manufacturers.
I wasn't looking for guesses, though, so much as wondering if anyone has actual first-hand knowledge of which items the fly shop makes more on. As in, a $500 rod, 5 $100 lines, or $500 worth of flies or feathers?
I went with a selection of lines, flies, and materials from Avid. Figured those are easy and cheap to ship as well.
Thanks for the input, all!
We are just online for the time being but hope to open a physical location and some point! In saying that we do meet up with customers regularly if there is something that you would like to see first hand after all of this passes!Do you have a physical location or is it just online?