With the recent and sad demise of Grand River Tackle in Fairport Harbor, local steelheaders were out a focal-point for fly fishing supplies.
But at last month's North Coast Fly Fishers' Fly Tying Conclave it was learned that Kevin and Melissa Ball would soon open their own tackle shop that caters to fly anglers and other fishers.
The Balls have announced that their store will begin business Feb. 20. It will be set at 263 Liberty Street, Painesville. That's two blocks south of the former Painesville hospital and is located in a building that once housed a butcher shop and then later a karate school.
Besides having the much-in-demand fly fishing fly tying materials, the KMD shop also will have spinning tackle and other gear.
Thus the shop will help fill a void that was promising to make fly tying and fly fishing life more difficult for area steelheaders.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn