Address: 55 Groton St. Pepperell, MA 01463

Phone: 978.433.4910

January 2023 Update

To my loyal & valued customers,

Happy New Year to my loyal customers and your families. My New Years’ resolution is to pray daily for rain, rain, rain. After last year’s debacle with no rain and no stocking in the fall, I’m hoping for no repeat!! It’s simple — no water, no fish.

Please take a moment to read this newsletter thoroughly. It contains lots of dates and information on upcoming classes, events, presentations, etc.

Pat Perkins, an area Bamboo Rod maker extraordinaire, has decided to put his exquisite collection of recently made rods in the shop for sale. Come in to see his collection and become an owner!

See you on the water!
Charlie Shadan


Up Coming Dates to be aware of:

Sunday, January 1st, 2023 — ESFS Closed All Day

1) Sunday, January 8th, 2023

Dave Perry Presentation on wild trout across America (many rare species). Limited availability – 15 to 18 people. 12:00 start. No charge

2) Sunday, January 22nd, 2023

Charlie Shadan’s Midge/Emerger Tying Class. Only 6 people – for intermediate & advanced tyers. 10:00am – 4:30pm. Lunch included. $120.00/person

3) Sunday, February 12th, 2023

Charlie Shadan’s Tying Class – Nymphs, Nymphs, Nymphs. Only 6 people. All materials and Lunch included. 10:00am – 4:30pm. $120.00/person

4) Sunday, February 19th, 2023

Joe Calcavecchia’s Intermediate/Advanced Saltwater Tying Class. Only 6 people. All hooks and materials are provided. 9:30am – 1:30pm. $100.00/person

5) Saturday, April 8th, 2023

Aquatic Bugology Class – the shops’ highlight of the year. Only 10 people. Jon Sweatman and Charlie Shadan conduct a classroom and underwater exploration of bugs in our area rivers. Highly acclaimed by all who have taken the class for the last 10 years. 9:30am – 4:00pm. $125.00/person

6) Sunday, May 7th, 2023

Learn to Nymph Fish Class – Classroom and on the water study to become a better nymph fisherman. Video, tactics, rigging, etc. This class will help propel your nymph fishing understanding and execution on the water. Two sessions — 8:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 5:00pm. $100.00/person

Call or email the shop for all details and to sign up for any offering.

Huge Fly Sale for the month of January 2023

Some exceptions prevail but thousands of flies are on sale for $1.50/each. Many of these flies were tied by Charlie at the shop.

Purchase must include at least 1 dozen flies – Save at least $1.00/per fly – Stock up for the upcoming season.

Tungsten Bead Head nymphs are on sale for $2.00/each – Save $1.00/per fly. Minimum purchase 1 dozen flies.


ESFS Guide Service

Bryan Parker will be spearheading a new ESFS offering of guide service. We will be guiding both for cold as well as warm water species. Please call or e-mail the shop for pricing and schedule availability for Bryan and Scott.


ESFS Thoughts on a Purchase of a new Outstanding Rod:

Many considerations are given to thought when making a substantial purchase of one kind or another – in this case a new High-Grade fly rod. Here are some ideas that may resonate with you:

1) Purchase the rod for the “rule” – meaning that it should be the rod that you will fish most often when you venture out to your most frequented rivers or ponds. Make sure the rod fits the geography where you want it to perform.

2) Have the rods’ taper explained in detail to you. Make sure that you cast it, if possible, before shaking your head vertically as a sign of ownership.

3) Check on the rods’ guarantee from the company of origin. Misfortunes are a part of fly fishing!!

4) An outstanding fly rod gets “better with age” – Meaning that as your skill set develops over time your new rod will actually perform better! You will extract features from the rod that were “hidden” from you but now benefit your enhanced skill set.

5) Realize that the fine instrument you purchased will never lose its’ efficiency. It’s not like milk over time – it will not go bad!

6) While price is important, it should not be the overriding reason for purchase. Treating yourself to a new finely detailed rod that meets all of your expectations will be worth the price. If your purchase price causes you to “eat hamburger helper” for the next year or so – Don’t buy the rod.

The feeling of quality workmanship and increased efficiency in your hand has subtle benefits over time that truly move the needle of enjoyment.

Come in to see the line-up of new Thomas & Thomas and Hardy Rods that are truly at the top of their class. I can assist you with all of your requirements.


Internet Purchasing vs. ESFS Purchasing

When you take a look at the rewards program being offered and all the products I carry for your needs, it should become apparent that I’m trying to meet the needs of everyone in the fly fishing community.

Please look closely at the rewards program in conjunction with your purchase needs as I can confidently make the claim that with the rewards program the Evening Sun Fly Shop is the least expensive fly shop in America – Bar none!! There is no fly shop that I know or any conglomerate, mega box store that competes with my prices.

Internet PurchasingEvening Sun Purchasing
Can’t see or touch productSee, touch and feel before you buy
Often you pay for freight/shippingNo freight/shipping charges
No custom fitting on waders or boots, sunglasses, or any item where sizing is criticalTry it on before you buy it. Sizing is critical to your purchase
Not usually a knowledgeable, trained person to talk to who has used the product(s)Well skilled, trained people to talk to and explain your needs
Minimal if at all rewards programA rewards program that yields up to 31% for your purchasing. Unheard of in the industry!!!

These are at least 5 reasons to consider calling, stopping in or e-mailing the shop before you CLICK the mouse. You will help to support a local business that truly cares for you as a client and you will pay no more and always get FREE shipping to your door. Please try us out!!


So you think you know everything?

The ESFS will be running every month interesting factoids…

On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened, allowing for the immigration of over 20 million people.


New Fly Tying Items

New items that have arrived at the shop:
1) Lots of different soft hackle skins for wet flies and emergers
2) A very beautiful Red Fox skin that I have placed into pieces
3) A very different and unique Silver Fox skin – cut into pieces. Both these skins can be used for Streamers, tailing material, and dubbing needs.
4) New Streamer and Wooly Bugger Hackle. Lots of new colors including dyed grizzly specimens.


Millers River maps

Finally in. Come and take a look at the latest & greatest map created by the shop for this river.

Squannacook and Nissitissit maps

Get your map of the local rivers – the Squannacook & Nissitissit that I created in the store. 700+ copies have already sold to date. These maps will make great gifts.

Deerfield River maps

Announcement: I have finally finished the third map in the series: Come in and get your new copy of The Deerfield River Map.

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