- Pine Island
As I have discussed recently, I am Fly Shop Junkie and I visit, and have visited them, from Coast to Coast / North to South when traveling so from Key West to Up East I seek them out and stop by
In my humble opinion, 239 Flies is the Finest local Fly Shop I have been in to date! It is awesome, uncluttered, and has a ton of highly organized gear, clothing and related items all tailored to the Art and Science of Saltwater (and quite sure some Fresh) Fly Fishing! It is The Shop this side of Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada...
Unannounced before arriving, and like one of those under cover shoppers, I walked in and was warmly greeted by Riley and Jim Davis the GM asking me if I needed any assistance in finding anything? This even though they were working with others, and while working on boxing up and shipping out some gear others had ordered online... More on that important aspect later though Then I started to take more of a in-depth tour looking at various gear and clothing and trust me, this shop could be very dangerous to my wallet!
I then started to ask some questions about the brands they carried, and one of the more important aspects and what I feel is a "Perceived Barrier" to the sport, and that is cost! More important for parents having a kid that is just "Ate Up" with Fly Fishing and wanting to learn how to cast and get a good starter combo... Then, you have some teenagers like Miss Stevie Kim-Rubell that in many ways, has checked off (see video below) some of my Buck List items already and already an convert!
So yes, you can spend a lot of money for a high grade Salt and or Freshwater for that matter, Rod and Reel combo... However, do not let that stop you and I was assured by Jim as he was showing me, some quality starter kits from brands like Orvis that are sub $200.00 or even less
Now don't let the fact that they are a local Fly shop here in SWFL fool you... As they like to say, this location is their "World Headquarters" and with how well their Website is built, they can and do handle orders for gear that is shipped round the World! While I was there for my visit, I was watching the care and attention being given packing a rod and reel combo that was headed I believe, to Upstate New York. Jim also advised me they get orders in from some of the Fly Fishing junkies across the pond from locations like Scotland which is just Awesome to hear!
And don't just think that Flying fishing is the only gear they have. I am in the process of getting a new Skiff, and was very pleased to see that I could get my next Push Pole from them since I sold my last one to go with that Skiff.
And not only can see you see some of the Push Poles they have in stock hanging from the ceiling. There is a nice place with plenty of room to have Fly Tying session's right in the Store!
Now how about some High Performance Sunglasses? They have some awesome shades that come in all configurations and price points, this so you can see that next Big Redfish or Poon you are looking to pick a fight with!
And my apologies for the above picture being a little fuzzy and I promise never again, to take a visit without bringing my Nikon!
Need some new technical clothing as a base layer or so you are not passed out on the deck in 90 degree plus heat? No Problem, they have you covered (literary) from Head to Toe to help keep you in the Hunt, and in the Fight while tangling with something the size of a small Farm Animal while engaged in Jungle Warfare
Foaming at the mouth yet? And the question I am sure some are asking is how much damage to my wallet on this visit...? Well let's just say that while writing this article, I am enjoying some fresh ground java in my new 239 Flies Yeti Cup that I bought since she who shall remain nameless, has been giving me Major Grief about using hers all the time! LOL
So, here is their Web Address below which also has their contact information and even directions to the Store on the Website which by the way, is open 7 days a week!
239 Flies World Headquarters
3431 Bonita Beach Rd. #201
Bonita Springs FL 34134
Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
And I wanted to personally thank Jim and the gang at 239 Flies for spending all the time they did with me! All they need now is one of those Old Fashion pull the bottle out real Coke Machines and I would move in! And I am looking forward to working with them on some other projects in the near future So do stop by and give them a visit in person, this or online and give them a chance to earn your business and become a member of the 239 Flies Family! And if you do, let them know that the Guys from Performance Outdoors.Net sent you!