Originally Posted by Frank Whiton
These are all things I have experienced and it made fly fishing something different than what it is today. There may still be a few fly shops like I describe. If you find one, support it all you can. The great shops I have known are all gone.
The first real fly shop I visited was Eyler's in Bryn Mawr, PA. It was run by
a wife and husband, and they inherited it from her father. The couple retired
to Montana about 5 years ago, and sold the shop to TCO FlyFishing. TCO
has kept the atmosphere pleasant and personal, but brought the gear up to
date a bit. They at least cleaned out 50 years of clutter
! TCO has about
five other shops in SE Pennsylvania, and one out in central PA.
There's another local shop I finally visited last Fall in Media, PA: The Sporting
Gentleman. It's run by a father and daughter, and it's great! They are an
Orvis shop, and know everyone by name. They also love to chew the fat
about stream conditions, patterns, and just anything else.