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Brand new to AZ area. Stopped in here and talked with Rich about where to go and what to use. Super friendly and more than willing to point you in the right direction. They advertise "friendliest fly shop in the world" and it's probably true.
Just wanted to shout out to you folks... thanks to all of you for the help, good merch, and most importantly, the sense of community that you have brought. Keep up the good vibes! Have a great new year...

Chris Rich Kris Bare Richard Kim Marc Noble Jill Rich
CFR Arizona is making a comeback, and they have amazing partners already! AZ Fly Shop in Phoenix held a Carp Rally and Raffle with all proceeds going to the retreat set for May 2022. They are donating over $5,000 for CFRAZ!!! How generous is that?

As it turned out, I was in the Phoenix area last week, so I couldn't resist stopping by the flyshop to say hello and help cook some lunch for customers and supporters. Karen Gremminger and Sharon Richardson (formerly a SoCal participant coordinator and very dear friend) were there coordinating the free lunch and sharing info, as well as a 2010 Arizona participant, Marilyn Johnston, donating her time. What a beautiful day to be part of CFR! Special thanks to AZFlyShop for their support.
Below is an interview Marilyn and I did with the owner of the shop, Chris Rich.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg4DnFvoDws&feature=youtu.be
I stopped by AZFly shop on my way home today! It's one of the best stocked fly shop around. If they don't have it you probably don't need it‼️🐟 I'll be back to stock up on fly tying supplies ‼️
At AZFlyShop one more day. Come see us!
Valley of the sun Carp Rally . All proceeds got to Casting for Recovery. Information and sign up AZFlyShop
Dreaming of heading back up to New Mexico soon, as well as so much more to explore along the southern part of Colorado.

Chasing wild trout!! In the time being heading back up to higher elevations on the White mountains to chase some butter!!!! Big Browns!!!
Marc from AZFLYSHOP video on clothing & equipment from AZFLYSHOP on his latest Fly Fishing trip to New Mexico
Marc from AZFLYSHOP video on clothing & equipment from AZFLYSHOP on his latest Fly Fishing trip to New Mexico
Marc from AZFLYSHOP video on clothing & equipment from AZFLYSHOP on his latest Fly Fishing trip to New Mexico
Marc from AZFLYSHOP video on clothing & equipment from AZFLYSHOP on his latest Fly Fishing trip to New Mexico
Marc from AZFLYSHOP video on clothing & equipment from AZFLYSHOP on his latest Fly Fishing trip to New Mexico

AZ Fly Shop exists to fuel the obsession of fly fishing.

Operating as usual

03/14/2022

Important announcement from AZ Fly Shop…

https://www.azflyshop.com/2022/03/special-events-march-2022/

Great Time to Chase Grass Carp on the Fly Rod 03/14/2022

Great Time to Chase Grass Carp on the Fly Rod

Great Time to Chase Grass Carp on the Fly Rod
https://youtu.be/7fCLZxKbr-4

Great Time to Chase Grass Carp on the Fly Rod

03/13/2022

Check our community spotlight for March…

https://www.azflyshop.com/2022/03/community-member-spotlight-march-2022/

Community Member Spotlight - March 2022 - AZ Fly Shop 03/13/2022

Community Member Spotlight - March 2022 - AZ Fly Shop

https://www.azflyshop.com/2022/03/community-member-spotlight-march-2022/

Community Member Spotlight - March 2022 - AZ Fly Shop COMMUNITY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Tim Johnson The most rewarding part of opening AZ Fly Shop has been the gift of meeting all the amazing members of the fly fishing community. I have admired the artwork of Tim Johnson for many years. He has an amazing gift to create art. I love having Tim Johnson around....

03/12/2022

@patjamesjr getting it done…you bet👍

03/09/2022

Just arrived at …more on the way…I’ll see you at the shop!

03/08/2022

Ultimate refusal…ouch!

02/26/2022

This is it!

02/17/2022

AZFlyShop

Wanna make the "Wall Of Fame"?

Send us your BEST fish pics to

[email protected]

And stay tuned for upcoming "Fish pic of the month" contests

AZFlyShop AZ Fly Shop exists to fuel the obsession of fly fishing.

02/17/2022

AZ Fly Shop Raffle and Update

Photos from AZFlyShop's post 02/07/2022

Chuck getting it done on his first Karp on the Fly!!! You bet 👍👍good work Amigo!!

02/07/2022

These are my people…

02/07/2022

Awesome Day Chasing Carp on the Fly

Great Day Fly Fishing For Carp 02/06/2022

Great Day Fly Fishing For Carp

Great Day Fly Fishing For Carp
https://youtu.be/FqUBBDh221U

Great Day Fly Fishing For Carp

02/03/2022

Winston Days and Raffle This Weekend.

02/02/2022

Carp on the munch…new PB…

02/02/2022

Shared from another post.

This post is in your memory Tom Morgan. Those of us who were blessed to have known Tom Morgan experienced the purest form of humanity and inspiration on how to truly live… with no excuses allowed, because this Ennis-boy was one-of-a-kind!

Tom was the second son born to parents Neil and Maude on May 12, 1941, in HOLLYWOOD, California. At the age of five his family fatefully moved to Ennis Montana for the drier climate. There his parents built the El Western Motel on the banks of O'Dell Creek. Tom began fishing soon after at the age of seven and started guiding fishing trips when he was 15 years old. He graduated from Ennis High School and then enrolled at MSU which he attended right up until his last semester when he dropped out after reading Atlas Shrugged, deciding he didn't want to become part of the "corporate machine." From then on he remained faithful to his fly fishing passion.

Tom met Mona King, a nurse at the hospital in Ennis while his father was a patient under her care. Tom and Mona were married in 1968. Jennifer was born in 1969 and Tom moved the family to Clarkston, Washington, to sell boats on the Clearwater River. After that, steelhead fishing was in Tom's blood. In 1970, Peter was born and the family moved back to Ennis to run the El Western Motel. Tom's passion for fly fishing lead him to move the family to San Francisco when he purchased the R.L. Winston Rod Company in 1973. A year later Tim was born.

In 1976 Tom decided to move the R.L. Winston Rod Company to Twin Bridges, Montana, where it remains a bedrock of the community today. Settling down to run R.L. Winston allowed for new family adventures. He took his kids on a week-long bike rides from Dillon to Bannock and Wisdom, camping on the side of the road. In the early 1980s, Tom and Mona divorced and Mona moved to Belgrade. Tom shortly followed to help raise their children while still commuting to Twin Bridges for work. Tom was a supportive and loving father to his children and stepchildren and offered advice and guidance without judgment right up until his death.

In 1989 Tom met Pat McPherson through a singles column in the paper, which ignited a passionate whirlwind of a romance resulting in marriage the following summer. Tom was the love of Pat's life and he brought much laughter and happiness into their home in the short time they had together. Pat passed away in the fall of 1991 of a brain aneurism, leaving behind her two teen daughters Kathy and Melissa, to whom Tom remained their second-father for the rest of his life. Pat's son Bill was in the Navy.

Tom sold R.L. Winston in the summer of 1991 just as the first signs of Multiple Sclerosis started to appear, although that certainly never slowed him down.

In 1993, Tom was given a third chance at love when through their mutual friend Dorothy, he met Gerri Carlson, who had recently returned from serving in the Peace Corps in the Czech Republic. Joined by their family and friends they were married on the banks of the Madison River five months later. Together they built their dream home which included a small rod shop with views of several mountain ranges. Tom always wanted to have a small fly rod company where he would build the perfect rod regardless of cost. He convinced Gerri that it would be a great thing for them to do.

Tom's MS advanced quickly and by 1996, he was unable to move voluntarily below the neck. With Tom's guidance, Gerri learned to build rods and together they created their exquisitely hand-crafted fly rods for 22 years.

Gerri never thought of Tom, and he never thought of himself, as disabled. Tom accomplished more flat on his back than most people do in a lifetime. Using voice-activated software, Tom corresponded with people all over the world and continued designing the world's best fly rods. In addition to being Tom's wife, Gerri was Tom's partner in Tom Morgan Rodsmiths and his full-time caretaker. Tom met challenges head on and always focused on what he could do and not what he couldn't do. Gerri rarely heard him complain, he never felt sorry for himself and he continued to live as normal a life as possible.

These included family gatherings, yearly trips back to the UP of Michigan where Gerri's parents lived, camping over 250 days in their rustically retrofitted '85 Ford Econoline van "Moby." Tom also regularly hosted clients from around the world to discuss rods. In February of 2017 Tom and Gerri sold Tom Morgan Rodsmiths to Matt Barber and Joel Doub, two very talented, wonderful men who have been apprenticing with Tom and Gerri since the first of February.

The gifts Tom gave to us all are many. But the most important one is that he never, ever gave up. His illness never stopped him from leading a fulfilling, meaningful and passionate life.

Tom truly was the star in Gerri's life and for so many others as well. While Tom is gone from us now, we can still find him in the alpine glow; in the soft, cool wind that blows; in the circling flight of a red tail hawk; in the evening light on the grasses gold; in the quiet stream with a cast just right; and in the twinkling stars that shine each night. Tom passed away peacefully on Monday, June 12, 2017, from pneumonia.

"I am ready to climb to the stars" was one of the last things Tom spoke. Tom's star will continue to shine bright for all of us who knew, loved and respected him, and as a result we are all so much more.

GOD BLESS YOU TOM!!! — feeling blessed at Tom Morgan Rodsmiths.

01/30/2022

Pleasant day on Lake Pleasant…

01/30/2022

The tug is the drug and the bent pole is the goal…you bet👍

01/30/2022

Tug is the drug and the bent pole is the goal! You bet👍

01/24/2022

Fly Fishing Report from Lake Pleasant

FREE Smith Sun Glass Giveaway @azflyshop 01/17/2022

FREE Smith Sun Glass Giveaway @azflyshop

FREE Smith Sun Glass Giveaway @azflyshop
https://youtu.be/R1Y9zPGLgJc

FREE Smith Sun Glass Giveaway @azflyshop Try on a pair of Smith Sunglasses @azflyshop and get a free entry for a raffle on February 12th.

01/17/2022

Lake Pleasant is producing…

Customer Spotlight - January 2022 - AZ Fly Shop 01/13/2022

Customer Spotlight - January 2022 - AZ Fly Shop

This is worth the time…

https://www.azflyshop.com/2022/01/customer-spotlight-january-2022/

Customer Spotlight - January 2022 - AZ Fly Shop CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT – YOUTH EDITION Henry Wagy I am totally clear that AZ Fly Shop only exists to serve, connect, and grow the fly fishing community. Our community is made up of first-class human beings, always willing to assist and teach the next fly fisher their knowledge and skill. Our spotli....

01/10/2022

The Salt River is Fishing
Great…

01/10/2022

The tug….it’s the drug! Sonora Suckers bend the pole and that’s the goal!

01/08/2022

Striper food…

01/03/2022

Lake Pleasant fly fishing report.

01/01/2022

I finally done fishing for the year!

12/31/2021

Jumping into 2022…

12/30/2021

Striper food…

12/28/2021

The tug is the drug…

12/24/2021

Clauser strikes again…

12/24/2021

You bet!

12/19/2021

In case anyone was wondering what we do while waiting to open AZ Fly Shop…

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3254 East Cactus Road
Phoenix, AZ
85032

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm

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