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I received an email earlier this week from Dennis McAfee, the owner of McAfee’s Fly Shop here in town. After some serious consideration he has decided to close the shop after 25+ years to spend more time with his family and do some more fishing.

I wasn’t a customer all those 25 years but I can say that every major purchase I’ve made over the years has been from his shop. Everything from the waders I wear, the boots I put on my feet, the jacket that keeps me on the water regardless of the weather…along with the rods, reels and everything in between…I picked up from McAfee’s Fly Shop with Dennis behind the counter.

I appreciated getting that email. It wasn’t a mass email. It sort of showed me that he appreciated my business. Says a lot and is why I took my business there and tried to steer more that way.

His shop was cool and I enjoyed talking with Dennis.

Great shop…great service.

Fortunately a new owner is taking over rather than having to liquidate everything. The new owner will likely change the name. That’s okay because it won’t be the same without Dennis. I found out who the new owner is. He is local and is someone most folks will recognize from the fly fishing community. I hope the new owner keeps the spirit of McAfee’s Fly Shop alive. All the fly shops in town sell the same things at the same prices. Service is what raises you up a notch or two.

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If you are planning a fly fishing trip to Alaska, check out the just recently launched Alaska Fly Fishing Goods. Brad Elfers and his crew have been running a fly shop and guiding for the past 15 years out of Juneau and have decided to bring their collective experience to the forefront. The site will help you figure out what, where, and how. Alaska is big…you might need some help finding your way around.

Editor-at-Large behind Alaska Fly Fishing Goods is the very own Neil Creek Chief Svengali himself G_Smolt. We all know how fishy that mofo is. Surefire guarantee that the site won’t disappoint.

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