When I was a kid, we didn’t have the Internet, or Wal-Mart or video games. We went outdoors. We read books. We played with toys … and to get us all fired up about those toys, we had catalogs. I can remember when the Sears catalog would come to our mailbox in the fall. Man, it was bigger than our local phone book. And I’d spend many hours, leafing through the pages, drooling, and dog-earing the sections, refining my wish list.
Those days are gone … but for the fact that we fly fishers get catalogs. My favorite came in the mail the other day. The Fly Shop’s 2008 30th Anniversary Edition Catalog and Travel Digest. They say, the older the boys, the bigger the toys. So I guess I get a pass for leafing through the pages, drooling, and dog-earing the sections … just like I did with the toy catalog 30 years ago. This one’s an artifact. If you haven’t seen it, go to www.theflyshop.com to request one.