New Pro Bass Shop in south Tacoma but support Puget Sound Fly Co.

#1
In the near future Pro Bass Shop will be opening a new store in south Tacoma at the closed Lowe's location. See the article in todays Tacoma News Tribune and Olympian newspapers. Puget Sound Fly Co. is a classy/quality operation and will probably feel the "pinch". Some of Anil's thoughts are in the news article. We need to step up now to give Anil our business. It would be a sad day if Anil's shop would have the same fate as the Morning Hatch which was another classy/quality shop.

Roger
 

Kcahill

Active Member
#2
I doubt anyone that has shopped in the past with Anil is going to head over to bass pro shops to buy fly fishing stuff, I have been in many bass pro's during my travels around the country and the fly shop is normally a tiny corner(closet) of the store that doesn't even carry the high dollar fly fishing stuff that is available on the website, just the "bass pro" branded stuff.

What I would be curious about though is how much that place is going to impact the smaller outdoor stores in gear fishing and hunting stuff, along with the hurting it will put on cabelas since it will be closer to Seattle.
 
#3
Kcahill is right on. I have been in a bunch of Bass Pros and their fly shop isn't. But, a lot of casual fly fishermen or people new to the sport will probably not realize that. Our support of Anil is more necessary now than ever. First, he is a great guy and a true friend. And, I will always remember the whole left when Gary closed the Hatch.
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#5
What I hate is when someone goes to a fly shop like Anil's Puget Sound Fly, or up to Avid Angler, or Orvis, tries out the gear, takes up the staffs' time and then either goes to Cabela's, Bass Proshop, or the internet to make the buy. And a number of folks do just that, I've got more choice words for the practice but I'll not share them.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#6
Lots of folks both fly and gear fish. You'll never receive the type of service at BPS you'll receive from Anil's staff at PSFC when it comes to fly gear.
I look at BPS as just another option when I might need gear fix. It won't replace my local gear connections either like OE, Sportco or Ted's.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#10
20 years ago PNW sportsmen would have laughed at a shop with a name like Bass Pro Shop. Bass were just not on the radar for locals around that time, or at least the locals I knew on the Peninsula. You would/will not find a Point Wilson Dart or a local fly pattern on their shelf and I suspect there are too few locals looking for gear to fish warmwater species in Western Washington even today.

Will this shop even last 5 years?
 

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#11
20 years ago PNW sportsmen would have laughed at a shop with a name like Bass Pro Shop. Bass were just not on the radar for locals around that time, or at least the locals I knew on the Peninsula. You would/will not find a Point Wilson Dart or a local fly pattern on their shelf and I suspect there are too few locals looking for gear to fish warmwater species in Western Washington even today.

Will this shop even last 5 years?
Like Cabelas they are not just the company they started as. They are well rounded on what they sell. There will always be a niche for a specialized shop as long as they provide a quality service.
 
#12
What I hate is when someone goes to a fly shop like Anil's Puget Sound Fly, or up to Avid Angler, or Orvis, tries out the gear, takes up the staffs' time and then either goes to Cabela's, Bass Proshop, or the internet to make the buy. And a number of folks do just that, I've got more choice words for the practice but I'll not share them.
It's known as "showrooming". At least that is what it is called in professional circles and in mixed company.
 
#14
I suppose, but still....

They did have slip indicators in the catalog I just recycled.
So do your local shops and they'll tell you how to use them to advantage. I don't know what all BP offers, but Cabelas started out with mail order flies. According to today's paper, Cabelas' profits are due almost entirely to guns and ammo. Another 180,000 sq. ft. of stuff I don't need.
 

Greg Price

Love da little fishies
#15
Anil and his crew rocks.

He goes out of his way to hook me up with the proper gear. He also takes care of me after the sale if I experience warranty issues.

I am a loyal customer and will continue to purchase from him. Corporate stores can't offer the same local service. Bass Pro is cool, but it is not a local FLY FISHING specialty.

Please support Puget Sound Fly Fishers. It is a gem.