Tom Page’s dream always had been to open up a store to share his passion for fly fishing with the community — something that became a reality three months ago when he opened Reel Anglers Fly Shop in Grass Valley.
“When I was younger, I was out fishing with my dad and brothers,” Page said. “We saw a guy fly fishing and he was catching a lot of fish, so I’d decided I’d get my own fly rod and learn how to do it.”
Page said he had been the fly fishing go-to guy for 10 years at a store in Nevada City, until last year, when he looked into opening up his own business.
“It was a six-month-long process of me figuring out what I wanted and finding a good location that was going to be affordable,” he said. “I came across this spot (tucked away on South Auburn Street). Something kept drawing me over here, and I talked to the landlord, who thought it’d be a good idea.”
Reel Anglers Fly Shop stocks the fly rods that are necessary for inside and outside the area, fly lines and reels, and starter kits for people who want to get into the sport. There are fly-tying classes once a week, and on Thursday nights, the shop hosts the local fly-fishing club.
“Once a month, I have a ladies group,” Page said. “We sit down and talk about how to rig up our rods properly and what kind of bug hatches to use, and I get them set up.”
Page said the shop has been a success so far.
According to Page, the local creeks are filled with rainbow trout and German brown — perfect for fly fishing.
“There’s a lot of people in our general community that like to fly fish,” he said. “We have over 100 public accesses to fly fishing.”
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