Address: 55 Groton St. Pepperell, MA 01463

Phone: 978.433.4910

October 2022 Update

To my loyal & valued customers,

Crisp, clean air and no water or fish for our area rivers is not a situation I thought would be prevalent his year. The DFW in Massachusetts has decided NOT to stock the Nissitissit and Squannacook rivers with its fall allotment of fish. Low water has been the culprit. In my 57 years of fly fishing and my 17 years of owning the shop, I don’t ever remember this happening!!!

I’ve had to cancel my two October Beginners Learn to Fly Fish schools much to the chagrin of the students. Mother nature can be cruel and unforgiving.

On a more positive note, I spent 3 days on the Farmington River this week and was able to catch many rainbows and browns. Some of the Brown Trout were 17-20″.

I spent 1 day on the Swift River and was able to fool several nice fish last week. The Deerfield is still producing some very nice fish and many New Hampshire waters are still open until the 15th of October. As you can see, you have options to take advantage of. Fall days are some of the nicest fishing days of the year. Get out and enjoy what’s left of our season before the real cold weather and snow arrive.

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!

Regards and See You on the Water,
Charlie Shadan


ESFS Upcoming Events- Estate Sale

On October 23rd, I will be conducting another Estate Sale at the shop. More rods, reels, lines, etc. have come in and will be sold at exceptional prices. Mark your calendars as the sales starts at 9:00 am on Sunday 23, 2022.

Viewing will take place starting at 8:30 am. Come early to see what you may want.


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…

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you’ll be rewarded for keeping your eyes to the skies in October, as the Draconid Meteor Shower can be seen. It contains a single comet that is visible exclusively in the northern hemisphere between October 6th and 10th.


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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