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Trouts Journal

Where’s All The Fly-Fishing Gear Gone?

Ivan Orsic / Feb 18, 2015

If you've stepped foot into your local fly shop recently, you may have noticed that their shelves may be a bit more bare than you are typically used to. Whether it be the new wares for 2015, or the old staples you've come to rely on, there is certain gear that is impossible to find right now. We've been getting a lot of inquiries around the shop lately, so I figued it would be worth taking a moment to update our customers as to the cause of the current gear shortage.

The unfortunate truth is that this is all due to a labor dispute between the Pacific Maratime Association (a consortium of international corporations) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Currently, the 29 ports along the West coast that handle about one-quarter of U.S. international trade were all but shut down, putting the US in a dicey situation that could ultimately impact us all beyond just fly fishing gear. So in the mean time let's all keep our fingers crossed that the two sides in this debate can come to some sort of resolution in the near future.

I do feel it important to point out that there are certain products which currrently aren't impacted by this strike, that being anything made in the good old US of A. Whether it be rods, reels, waders, packs or fly lines, fly fishing is a fortunate industry to have so much of our products made domestically. Trouts Fly Fishing has always been proud supporter of these companies, and it's during times like these that we feel so fortunate to have them as partners.

So don't fret, our shelves will soon be filled to the brim with overseas made goods, and in the mean time we've got plenty of other items to address your needs. We're in contact with all manufacturers impacted by this current situation, so please let us know if you need more detailed infomration about the future availability of any gear on your wishlist.

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