What I was trying to say was that we need the flyshops, with knowlegable people running them. They provide a valuable service to the fly fishing community.
It's the distributors, the middle men, that I question. Granted, there are some who buy things in bulk quantities and re package them in quantities that are suitable for individual use. They have their place as well. But why should a flyshop not be able to place an order directly with Sage, T&T, Tibor, whoever?
I can see where a brand new start up company needs someone, a rep if you will, to go out and pound the streets to get their products known and in the fly shops.
But do the well known "big boys of the industry" still need that?
And do we, the end user, benefit from that? I think not.
I fish because the voices in my head tell me to