Retailers optimistic on eve of fly fishing season
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Optimism is running high among fly shops in Colorado – one of the world’s most popular fly fishing destinations – on the eve of the 2018 season.
The expectations of retailers and guiding services have been buoyed by a combination of good snow conditions and the influx of new products from manufacturers that reflect developing trends and techniques.
The reaction of Tim Patterson, owner of the RIGS fly shop and guide service in Ridgeway, is typical of a number of retailers spoken to by Angling International in a special report on trade prospects for the new season.
“I am very optimistic. The fly fishing industry seems to be experiencing an up-swell of interest and is continuing to solidify its place in the angling world,” said Patterson.
“I anticipate a better year than last year, although seasonal conditions and snowpacks play a big part in our overall success and strategy as a guide service/outfitter.”
RIGS Adventure Co. is one of a number of shops reporting growing interest in European-style nymphing techniques and expects related products to go well.
“We expect good demand for jigged flies and Euro nymphing, as well as waterproof fly fishing packs and bags, along with sun protection apparel like hoodies, gloves and face coverage – global warming is for real.
“In terms of new products, I have been impressed by the progressive development of fly fishing optics, in particular the messaging and development of eyewear for variable light conditions from Costa.”
See our across-the-state report in the March issue of Angling International magazine.