I’ve been to many fly shops. My #1 most favorite one is Concord Outfitters. Andy, the owner, and his colleagues there really know their craft. They all are passionate about fly fishing and intimately know the local waters. I’ve been to places like Cabela’s, LL Bean, and Bass Pro Shop. Great inventory, but pretty soul-less
I’ve been downsizing in two ways. First, I used to have five fly rods. I’m now down to two. I was finding that much of my equipment was not being used. Second, I’m going down on rod heft. I used to fish with a 5-wt. I now fish with 3-wt. most of the time, and
I did a half-day outing this weekend. Started at the Quinapoxet. Water was super low at about 31 cfs. Landed a wild brookie and quite a few fallfish. Saw some stockies, and they appeared to be scared out of their minds. They weren’t interested in what I was throwing. Unfortunately, Jurassic Park-like mosquitoes were there.
I recently bought a 1-wt. It is amazing. I bought the TFO Finesse rod, which is 6.75′ in length. It’s perfect for the small and local freestone I fish for panfish and trout. I also bought an old-school Orvis reel, the one that makes a clicking noise when fish pull the line. The rod casts