Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sad day (Grand Rivet Tackle begins close-out)

There we were this morning, anglers gathered together like a flock of greedy vultures picking over the remains of a dead deer.

But it would be difficult to blame us for wanting to snatch up deals on fly-tying equipment and supplies, fishing line, reels, St. Croix rods, hooks, bobbers and virtually everything else inside Grand River Tackle's Fairport Harbor emporium.

For 25 years Bruce Dickerson has dispensed with sound fishing advice along with tackle and gear not generally found in most other tackle shops. It was the area's go-to place for fly-tying supplies, emerald shiners, ice-fishing maggots and a whole lot more.

This morning the shop was being overseen by Bruce's daughter, Kelly, along with Jon Ondo. The sale will continue either until the end of the month or when all the merchandise has been sold, which may come first, based on the number of buying customers visiting the store this morning.

While the 50-percent-off deals were too much to pass up it still was a sad occasion. I will miss the shop; its fishing reports, the opportunity to buy hooks for making sucker spawns and woolly buggers and just a neat place to wool gather fishing opinions.

Here's to whatever is in store for Bruce and Kelly. May all their future dreams be fulfilled.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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