Fly Shop Celebrity Sighting

Laura Bush used our restroom today.

Pay to Play?

We recently had a customer relate a rather shocking anecdote about a member of our industry. Apparently, while visiting another Montana fly shop (not here in Livingston, thank goodness), he asked for a little advice about fishing an area river. The fly shop employee commenced to tell him that he wouldn’t get any information until after he had purchased something. That brings up a related question. Do you feel obligated to buy something at a shop in return for a river report or other advice, even if it’s just a fly or two? Is it tit-for-tat? Or do you sometimes stop in a shop for information with no intention of making even a small purchase?