I'm really excited about having Ted here. He was always my competitor but we've stayed in touch for all these years. I hated to see Wynns go. They were an "institution" in Blount and Sevier County and I was one of their customers too. I think Ted will be happy here and I know he will be good for our shop. I'm already starting to learn a lot from him about this business. He is not only a wealth of knowledge for fly anglers, but he is also a very nice man.
The big box stores have hurt us but we've worked on new ways to reach customers at a lower cost. This website has done wonders for us. Daniel and I think we have at least 3,000 hours in it so far over a period of 18 months. We did it on our own so we could maintain it and build it in our spare time. At $60 per hour which is about the going rate for this type of work if you hired a company to do this, we would have spent $180,000 so far and we've got a long way to go.