I say "Amen' to flyguy66. Fly fishing manufacturers and large wholesalers should recognize that the future of their business is not in those of us that have a closet full of fly rods and more fly tying material and tools than we will ever use. Unfortunately many of the manufacturers have stopped funding educational outreach programs and have attempted to shift the responsibiltiy onto the retailers. While some of the larger fly shops and retail outlets can afford to put on free clinics and provide free materials for fly tying classes most, in this current economy, cannot. The results are that we are loosing potential future fly fishers.
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