“We are all in this together.”
It’s is such a statement that we don’t remind ourselves of enough, but it is more true now than it ever has been. With every cancellation, postponement, deferment, rescheduling, or closure; it’s incredibly important to remember that we are a nation of family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fishing buddies. Take care of each other out there.
That being said, just remember that fly fishing is “social distancing” and you cannot contract COVID-19 from trout. Fly fishing has been known to kill stress and anxiety, which are both going around right now.
We wanted to issue a statement of what we know and what we can expect in our area and with Duranglers in the world of COVID-19.
First of all, the Duranglers fly shop is still open, however, we are monitoring this situation and following federal, state, and local ordinances as they come. With our commitment to remain open, we are doing all we can to disinfect and ensure the cleanliness of our shop to protect our staff and customers. We have increased cleaning measures in place as well as extra disinfectant and sanitizer on hand for anyone who visits.
We also will be going forward with our scheduled guided fly fishing trips. Our guides will be instructed to take additional measures to disinfect and maintain the cleanliness of their equipment. The big fly fishing news in our area is that all New Mexico state parks have been closed until April 9th including Navajo State Park and the San Juan River Quality Waters. Please know that we have many available waters that we fish and guide, and will be taking every step to give our clients a fantastic day on the water. With the onset of warmer weather and Spring full speed ahead, we will see new fisheries opening up every day. Nature is waking from her long winter slumber and fish are hungry. We have seen some fantastic local fishing for trout on our local rivers and lakes as well as the pike bite which is getting better by the day
Our scheduled classes and clinics will also be continuing as scheduled. Again, please note that we will be taking every step to sanitize all our equipment. If you are signed up for a class you have paid for and find you cannot attend, please call us ASAP to reschedule.
Though our shop will remain open as long as we are able, we understand that not only can things change, but some folks may not want to visit our store to continue their “social distancing”. Therefore, we want to encourage anyone who may be hesitant to come in to check out our online store. We are adding and updating new products daily and we are expecting our spring inventory to be some of the best we have ever carried.
TO THAT END WE WILL BE OFFERING CURBSIDE PICKUP! During our weekly business hours of 9 to 5 pm, we will also be offering an addition to our In-Store pickup option on our online store. If you are a local or want to enter a local shipping address (you can use the shop address of 923 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301 if you are not local), you will be given the shipping option of “local pickup”. Choose this option and then let us know your ETA in the order notes. We cannot offer immediate delivery, so to account for inventory picking, your order will be ready in an hour. We have ten-minute loading zones in front of the shop and behind the shop (under the Duranglers sign). Once you arrive to pick up, call the shop at 970-385-4081 and one of our staff will be out with your order. Should local ordinances change and we find we cannot open our doors to the public, EXPECT OUR CURBSIDE PICKUP TO BE THE BEST WAY TO GET THE GEAR AND FLIES YOU NEED ASAP. We are committed to supporting our local anglers for as long as we are able
We have a full selection of flies ready for your trip, and while we cannot list all of our flies on our online store, you can give us a call (970-385-4081) and let us know what you need or opt for one of our custom fly assortments for the water you will be fishing. The order notes will be the best way to let us know what you need and when you will need it.
If you are not totally in need of any gear right now but still feel like supporting us, purchasing a gift card will go a long way to cover the overhead of running an independently owned retail store.
Again, thank you all for your continued support through these interesting times and we want to encourage everyone to support all your small and local businesses in any way you can. From our local fly shops to small restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, mechanics, grocers, and everything in between; small business is the heart and soul of this nation. Though you might be able to order it from Amazon or Wal Mart and get it to your door in two days, there can be a high cost of that low price. Think of those who don’t have the multi-million dollar marketing budgets with all your purchases over these next few weeks. That small purchase may make a huge difference in your local community.
We want to let all our customers know that we appreciate you all very much and thank you for your continued support. No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but we are positive and hopeful for the best.