shannon

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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Hail Hail Walk and Roll

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas spring weather does damage to North Texas in concentrated areas.

Good morning once again, on this Monday morning. It’s a sidewalk to somewhere, and the pace is pretty slow today because of the weather that passed through last night. Here, in my neighborhood we dodged the bullets by about a single mile. Across town, folks are not so lucky as the golf balls fell as randomly as a Tiger Woods round of golf.

This weather not only does damage, it also supercharges the local creeks with water, and the thunder lightning and hail seem to spook the fish off lakes – for at least a day. Regardless of the fish, it did prevent my recording the Members Only Report (MOR), and delayed a look at a river down south of Fort Worth scheduled for today.

For those of you who missed it, the story prior to this one is an interesting read. It’s a look at a small portion of the challenges that big box chainstores, like Bass Pro, face in the future. It also takes a look at what smaller fly shops, known as “mom-and-pop” fly shops, can do to help themselves and help others who help them. Read – Shots Fired – Big Box Retail on Life Support. I took advantage of the discussion boards at Texas Fishing Forum, to expand and progress that conversation. I think it is interesting that some folks have never felt comfortable in a fly shop! Read that exchange here – Sears Makes Me Think Fly Fishing Retail . (Years ago, we had forums here, but they are better left to professionals, as the scammers and spammers just LOVE forums.) Continue Reading

Shots Fired – Big Box Fly Fishing Retail on Life Support

| March 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

This week seems to have been the tipping point in big box retail business, when Sears declared itself unsure of being able to operate as a “going concern” going forward. For you accountants out there, you know what that means. For our young readers, a “going concern” is an accounting term that essentially means having a business that makes money, any money at all. And businesses that don’t make money? They don’t stay open.

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CONCLUSION

If the USA no longer makes steel, and they are imploding malls in the rust belt, don’t we realize change, even a change in the way we shop for fly fishing goods, is inevitable? If you don’t think changes, known and unknown, are coming in the future of retail(for the rest of our future as fly fishers), then I have a buggy whip to sell you.

Seize Your Moments! The Fly Fisherman’s Give-and-Take

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

I knew I had one of those landmark appointments yesterday, and I also knew there was a chance to plant another fly fishing seed at the radiologist’s office in Forth Worth. So I took one of my circle-hooked black-on-black Clousers, stuck it in a baby zip-loc and stuck it in my shirt pocket.

My doctor would not be so lucky as to be given this killer fly, even if he’s headed to Yellowstone this summer. Besides, this is a local fly. This fly was the real bait to bring a young fly fisher further into the light. In this case, he’s already seen the light, but I just wanted to make sure he had at least one silver bullet for this spring’s rabid largemouth bass population.

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