Not a lot needs to be said. Check out this video created by Echo Fly Fishing; it explains everything clearly. Small local shops are the life blood of the sport. There is so much you can gain from local shops, and we need to support them as much as possible. Online sales are so convenient, but there is so much you loose from buying online. A lot can be gained just by stepping into a fly shop. Consider your options next time you need a new rod, reel, or fly tying materials.