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November Elegy: Thanksgiving 2013

November is a time of mixed emotions, and this year never more so. November is when, particularly after the switch from Daylight Savings Time, the sun disappears for more than 14 hours each day in the Pacific Northwest. The hours of darkness are felt as much as observed. The Winter…

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Salem Oregon’s Last Fly Fishing Store to Close

Creekside Flyfishing is the last fly fishing store in Salem, Oregon. It has announced it will close its doors on November 30th. The reasons are the same as many other fly shops: the rise of internet sales and the crash of 2008. In this instance, the latter may have been…

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The Rake Replaces the Rod This Weekend

November is typically the month of wind and rain in Puget Sound. This year is no exception. We had the first winter storm come in over night and into the morning hours. People in a number of areas across the region are without power (we only had lights flicker). There…

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Into Darkness: Setting Back the Clock

Early yesterday I went to my favorite beach for a morning session chasing sea run cutthroat trout. I like this beach on the ebb where I’ve had consistent success, but decided to give it a try on the flood. The forecast was calling for rain later in the morning and…

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October – Reflecting on the Change of Seasons and Journey’s End

Everyone has their favorite season and month. For me, it’s autumn and October. It may have started while I was growing up where autumn, and particularly October, was the break between two unpleasant seasons. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, summers were what were “90 and 90” – 90 degrees…

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The New Site Launch

I have decided the title of my old blog, Swinging the Fly, does not represent what this blog is really about. It’s more than just fly fishing, but fly fishing is at its core. The thing that was missing was the context of of where I live and where I…

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Whither Independently Owned Fly Shops?

There have been a number of announcements through 2013 related to consolidation in fly shop ownership. At first glance, the announcements may be interesting to customers of the different businesses. But I think they say something about the future of retail fly-fishing shops. Grizzly Hackle, a very successful brick and…

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A Shared Demo Day – Cooperation as a Model

Walk into any fly shop, even one loaded with high-end gear, and you’re looking at a very small business. The industry itself is very small. Field and Stream’s Fly Talk blog (see link) reported last year that a study done for  American Fly Fishing Trade Association found that sales for the…

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The Rod Maker’s Journey

Tom Morgan is a custom rod builder, and is the former owner of Winston Fly Rods (1975-1981) where he built the reputation of Winston rods first in bamboo, then in fiberglass and graphite. But he is more than a good businessman; he is an artist of the highest order. To…

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The Closing

I’ve made mention in previous posts about our move to Gig Harbor. The house was ours on the first of July.  We started hauling boxes over immediately. Movers brought over the big items (e.g., beds and furniture) the following weekend. Last week we cleared out the storage locker we used…

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