It's performance appraisal time at the old j-o-b. Actually had to write my self-evaluation, which is always a good time. Finding the balance between coming off like an arrogant prick that's full of himself when you try to point out all of the good stuff you did over the course of the prior year can be a little bit of a challenge. Anyway...
I just wanted to tip the cap to Stu's (Orgasmic) Fly Shop in Athol, New Zealand. I make reference to Stu's now and then in the Wednesday Nibbles, but if you aren't subscribed to his lighthearted newsletter, you should consider it (you can do it here). It is definitely one of the more enjoyable reads each month as it keeps you up to date on new product introductions, like this Fish Life rain jacket,
but also deals you in on some of the shop-related hijinks going on down there. For example, they've been getting a lot of rain in NZ, which was presents opportunities like this:
"Due to the rain my car park flooded and to the amusement of drivers by and my neighbours . Myself and some customers trying out rods made good use of my new casting ponds. One of my customers was sure he saw a nice brown tailing early morning in the shallows looking for worms amongst the gravel! But I'm not sure if he had taken his tablets that morning!"
So while you should always support your local fly shop (if you've got one and they're good folks), I suggest checking out Stu's every now and then as well. The exchange rate isn't terrible and you can get some cool stuff you might not otherwise find in the States...like his "Superior" flies.