Ernie's Casting Pond Closing Doors

November 15, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

The next time someone tells you that fly shops are a thing of the past, suggest that they read this story about Santa Cruz, California retailer Ernie Kinzli, whose customers are planning to wear black arm bands as they mourn Kinzli’s decision to do more fishing. “Kinzli, a native Santa Cruzan, began fly fishing with his father along the San Lorenzo River when he was in the third grade. Back then, Kinzli said, anglers would line up shoulder to shoulder under the railroad trestle at the river mouth during steelhead season. The fish were so thick the river often looked black.” Leo Maxam in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.