If you're an avid fisherman - and if you're reading this blog, I assume you might be - you may have received some promotional mail from Acadia Sports at one time or another. Famous for their "buy one, get one free" rod pricing, Acadia prided themselves on offering high quality fishing equipment at reasonable prices while providing top level customer service. They were able to do this by sourcing product "factory direct" and keeping costs down by doing only minimal grassroots marketing.
I was introduced to Acadia Sports a few years ago through my involvement with the WhereIFish.com forum. Acadia was a board sponsor, and from time to time served up product for forum contests. Anything from rods, reels, lures, sunglasses, and equipment bags were up for grabs, and continually got rave reviews for being solid, no-frills gear from the fishermen that eventually would win (& use them). Acadia even used several WhereIFish members (myself included) as part of a testing group of prototype rod models to gather feedback in the development of what would become their M-Series rods.
Always attentive, and in tune with what their customers' needs, it saddened me the other day to receive an email from Acadia's owner, Lee Richards, to say that due to pressures from the economy and escalating prices overseas, Acadia would be closing it's doors. (Everything on their website is now heavily discounted, even more than before, so if you're in the market for a deal, now's the time!)
So to close, I just wanted to wish Lee & Val Richards the best of luck in their future endeavors - hopefully they involve a little rest and relaxation at a favorite fishing hole! The Acadia "experience" was always top notch, and you both should feel a great deal of satisfaction for what was achieved over the past six years; just as much satisfaction as all of fishermen & women do from using your gear.