Hi Ray, You’ve created a great atmosphere there! It was good for my first visit! February 20th, 2018.
Hello Ray, Just have to say thanks for the excellent service yesterday - you took the time to explain much as possible in between dealing with myself and other customers. Wicked store every and anything one can think of! Your store would be my new favourite! Thanks again! December 10th, 2017.
Excellent store, staff knows lots and there is an immense selection of fly fishing and spin fishing gear. Definitely worth checking it out! December 9th, 2017. Hello and thank you for the kind words Mark! We are very happy that we made a good impression and it is with your help and continued support that we can maintain and expand our level of innovative product selection. I hope Santa Claus is good to you!
Thanks as always for your expertise and guidance! November 25th, 2017.
Hello Ray. It was good to meet you today. As I mentioned today, I recently was introduced to fly fishing in July and have immediately fallen in love with it! I have a lot to learn and am trying to absorb as much as possible. Looking forward to stopping into your haven again. Sincerely, November 25th, 2017.
I always wanted a vintage Hardy reel for the salmon and grilse fishing I do in the Atlantic. Finally found a reel that sounded and looked fine upon first inspection. However when I attempted to use, it became clear there was an issue. I brought it to my local fly shop in Halifax who recommended Hook Line Sinker and The First Cast Flyshop as a possible repair solution. After some quick and friendly email exchanges I sent the reel to Guelph. Within a week a missing integral retainer ring was machined and installed. Fantastic service and will look for future opportunities to support this great shop! October 20th, 2017.
Hi Ray. I was very impressed by your service and knowledge. I will definitely pass along my experience to others ... I should of picked up some gloves and one of your cool hats ... Thx again and good luck on the river . September 28th, 2017.
Hey Ray it's Gord , just unwrapped the GLX , beautiful, love it !! PS you run a great little shop there , wish I had one like this close. Mucho gracias!
Ray was a huge help and very knowledgable. Big thanks for moving things around to accommodate us for our guide... I love my new 4wt echo ! This guy will be able to answer all your questions . I will without a doubt be returning to the store to see ya next year! September 14th, 2017.
Hi Ray, I was in your shop on the weekend to buy some simms waders. While I was impressed with all the products you have in stock I was more impressed with your customer service! You mentioned I could join a mailing list for your shop for events and guest speakers? Thanks for the wafer fitting. Glad I went with the simms, they felt great on the water September6th, 2017.
It is worth the drive to benefit from your knowledge and professionalism. Thanks for your help. September 2nd, 2017.
We had an exceptional experience here! You have to try the Fly Fishing lesson. They are so professional and made it so much fun!! Would highly recommend the store for any of your fishing needs. August 30th, 2017.
Hello Ray. My name is Zack I was in to purchase a rod and reel baitcaster from you yesterday . I stopped in at the small lake beside Pushlinch lake today and very successful! Thank you very much for the help and techniques to allow me to start using a bait caster properly again. You are the only person that took the time out their busy day to go over everything about the new rod and reel! For that I thank you! I would recommend you and your shop to any one of my friends who want the best service and experience. That baby was caught on a number four hook and those rage tail worms I purchased also. First fish on the new rod and reel . Casts great ! August 21st, 2017.
Hi Ray! Thanks so much for sharing the info below and the photos from last weekend. We all had a fantastic time and appreciated Arron's wise advice and tough love! 🙂 We will definitely recommend the experience to others and look forward to getting out again soon! Have a fantastic weekend and hope to see you soon! August 21st, 2017.
That’s awesome Ray - Beyond what I expected - You guys do incredible work - I'm so glad I found out about your abilities and the skills of your machinist. August 15th, 2017.
Hardy Marquis Fly Reel Repair: Hi Ray Received the Repaired Hardy Fly Reel today and I was impressed with your work on my reel. I will recommend your craftsmanship to my fishing friends and let them know about you and your company. It has been a pleasure dealing with you. Best regards,
Great selection and the owner was very very very knowledgeable and helpful. Hat tip for finding everything a couple foreigners needed and more!
Hook Line and Sinker & The First Cast is worth the 4 hour drive!! Thanks Ray for all your advise and sharing your knowledge with me! Enjoy the summer! June 9th, 2017.
Hi Ray, I received my package today, and the item exceeded my expectations. I know it will work well for the type of fishing I do. I know that I was not the easiest first-time customer, but I will certainly be a returning one. And I will refer your shop to friends and colleagues for hard-to-find, and critical fishing gear. April 27th, 2017. I knew it would Kenny! No worries at all - when spending any $$ its always best to ask any and all questions. On-line sales represent a small portion of my business and during the day I find it hard to leave the in-store customers for the phone - finding that "balance" is always difficult but certainly manageable with your continued help. Have a great summer fishing and thank you for the support!
Hey Ray, Thanks for the extremely comprehensive email. It'll really help me hone my casting techniques and practice the different types of presentations. Also thanks again to Aaron and Peter. Their instruction was very clear, helpful and fun and I left with a lot to keep in mind when I get back out on the river this weekend. Hope to stop by again soon. April 24th, 2017.
Hey Ray - just wanted to say thanks first of all for all the amazing service you have helped me with over the last year or so. Here is one of many salmon we got last weekend. Caught released! Black Atlantic salmon. Miramichi NB. THANKS AGAIN! April 24th, 2017. Awesome fish Andrew! I sincerely appreciate the continued support, as I know that there are several other shops across the country you could call. I’ll get the pic up on the site later today and please keep the great pictures coming!
Hi Ray, Today was my third or fourth visit to your store, and as always it’s been a pleasant and positive experience. I suspect I’ll be a fairly regular customer in the future; your service is friendly, knowledgeable, and top notch. Best regards, March 22nd, 2017.
Frigging stunning! Can't wait to actually see them. Thanks a lot, it's been a great experience! March 19th, 2017.
Thanks for the fly line Ray! Just arrived, can't wait to chuck it out there! Will refer your company to friends and family! Great customer service! March 11th, 2017.
Thanks for the tips and advice yesterday when I bought the fly rod/reel package from you. Great store fantastic service & perfect attitude. Hope to come back soon. Regards. March 1st, 2017.
Hi Ray: Got my order of scarfs and magic eggs plus the glow beads you generously send for the NSSA dinner auction. Thanks again for the excellent customer service and helping out the Thunder Bay Steelheaders. Hope you can get some time to steelhead fish this spring. All the best. February 21st, 2017.
HLS Rod building Class: Building a Fishing Rod is something I have always been interested in. Looking at websites did not give me confidence to try this on my own. This class allowed me to learn some of the fundamentals of rod building and gave me some ideas for rods I would like to build for myself. Our instructor Mike Rumig was able to work with us and show some of the basic techniques to rod building. Mike is a very knowledgeable instructor and has alot of patience to teach newcomers to the art of rod building. The hands on environment worked out really well for me as I was able to learn some of the techniques with my own hands. While we were building Mike was able to watch and teach us the correct techniques. Mike was always inspecting while we were building, giving us instruction along the way. Mike was concerned to make sure we were successful, we were able to build something that was going to look professional and perform once it would be put to the test. There is alot to know and learn here and this course certainly only scratches the surface but its enough to make you feel you can build rods that you will be proud to take out on your next fishing adventure. Taking this course ( with the support from Ray at HLS and Mike ) I know I will be able to continue and grow my skills making my fishing rods. February 18th, 2017.
I really like your store and always send friends to you with confidence that they will be treated fairly with expert knowledge and super friendly service ...Kennith and I were discussing just that yesterday when we were in Lake Simcoe fishing for whitefish . Thanks you again for your help in my fly fishing pursuits! February 11th, 2017.
Thank you. It has been a pleasure dealing with you. I would not hesitate with a referral! Regards, February 9th, 2017.
Ray, I will travel to your shop again before i go anywhere else! I hope you have a great christmas and i will hopefully put the new reel to work this week. You will be the first to see the pics! December 25th, 2016.
Thank you for your out-of-the-ballpark customer service. Your shop was a delight to attend and your instructor was a perfect professional - courteous, and unmistakable expertise of this pretty complex content delivered in a reassuring manner. It was altogether a lovely, memorable experience. I have recommended your service to a couple of other people who have expressed interest in learning about fly fishing ... November 17th, 2016.
Hi Ray: Thanks for taking the time to chat about the Pridex reel last evening. I am impressed by the quality of the used equipment that moves through your shop. However, for someone like me who enjoys fishing a variety of species across a broad diversity of habitats/ situations (e.g. lakes, freshwater rivers, brooks, marine coastal, tidal rivers), it is a bit of a curse to know of your shop - Keep smiling, my friend, December 2nd, 2016.
Ray, Just a quick note to thank you for helping me with my purchase of Simms Wading Boots. Your product knowledge and time spent to ensure a proper fit is much appreciated. Thanks for the great service! Cheers, November 26th, 2016. Thank you for taking the time to email me Mark - It really means a lot. It’s customers like you that make going to the shop everyday a pleasure. I know in your travels you have an opportunity to visit many shops and yet choose to constantly support mine, and it does not go unnoticed. The shop's maintained success is truly a testament to customers such as yourself that help us constantly be on the "cutting edge” of innovation and hopefully always trying to be a leader within the industry. Have a great weekend Mark!
Ray, I am really happy chase told me to check you guys out - don't worry I'll be spreading the word of your shop to all my other friends friends on the water! October 18th, 2016.
It was a pleasure! Although a bit of a drive well worth it! Definitely a shop I will recommend! Cheers! October 6th, 2016.
Ray, I love coming to the shop and you’ve always taken care of me! Thank you for all that. October 4th, 2016.
Ray, Thank you for the great customer service! It was clear that you make sure customers get what they are looking for without forcing them to spend more than they want/need to. You don't see that often and you can count on me coming back. Thanks again, August 10th, 2016.
Ray, the rod arrived today in good shape and exactly as described. Perfect transaction; great doing business with you. Best regards, April 23rd, 2016.
Hi Ray, I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the great learning experience yesterday. I really enjoyed the day and learned quite a bit. I would love to receive any newsletters or info about upcoming events offered. I look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, April 17th, 2016.
Good morning, My name is Amy B. and my father, Rudy E. is a loyal customer of The First Cast, and speaks very highly of the store, the customer service, and of Ray. Last year my Dad had his brand new car broken into and almost every piece of his fishing gear (a lifetime collection of pieces) stolen... This was the second time in 30 years that this had happened to my Dad. I'd like to send a long overdue, "thank you" to Ray, I know that you personally helped Dad inventory and restock his fishing gear, and try to piece back all the items he's acquired over the years. It's so heartwarming to know that there are businesses and people still going above and beyond, and it certainly helped my Dad cope with the theft and loss. This month, my Dad is turning 60, and my sisters and I would like to get him a $100 dollar gift card from your shop. Is there anyway we could arrange a credit card payment and possibly to have the card mailed to one of us? Thank you kindly, April 14th, 2016.
Great Service: Good Morning, I was in on Saturday March 26th with my son Max. I purchased a Walleye specific rod, reel, lures and gripper. I found the service excellent and Ray to be very knowledgeable which made my purchases quick and painless. I will definitely be a returning customer. Please add me to your promotional email list. Thank you, March 28th, 2016.
Hi Ray: It's Chris - I was the guy in your store on Saturday with his Dad looking at fly tying vises. Just following up on our visit. I really appreciate all your help and knowledge. I look forward to my next visit to your store. Both my father and I were extremely happy and satisfied with your customer service . Not to mention the huge selection of stock. Best Regards March 26th, 2016.
Hey Ray Just sitting here on the bank of the Saugeen River and I was remembering the 20 or 25 years ago you first brought me here and all of the tutelage and advice you have given me over the years....and I really want to thank you for what has been a long time of enjoyment and success at this crazy adventure! Thanks man! March 18th, 2016.
Ray, I just wanted to say that hands down yours is the finest fly shop I have ever shopped in. Not only is it clean, well laid out and extremely well stocked but what sets you high above the rest is your dedication to customer service and support. I feel that it is second to none and appreciate it every time I visit. The ability to get almost anything I want whether it be rods, reels, lines or fly tying materials that you don't happen to have in stock or carry and get it as quickly as you are able has made The First Cast my go to shop for everything fly and fly fishing related. Best of luck in the future and keep up the outstanding work!! March 14th, 2016.
Hi Ray, I received the Wedding Boutonnieres today and they really are stunning! Thanks again! March 4th, 2016.
Hook, Line & Sinker & The First cast carries the best selection of fly fishing and tying items anywhere in Ontario. They offer great and friendly customer service, and will quickly bring in any item that is not in stock at the store. I would happily continue shopping here versus other stores. January 28th, 2016.
It was my pleasure. It's a great shop that caters to the diehard steelheader. It was great meeting you and I plan to be a repeat customer! January 26th, 2016.
As a professional fishing guide for many years, I feel I have the knowledge and experience to know a great tackle shop when I see one. Hook, Line and Sinker is without a doubt one of the best around. Great selection, knowledgeable and friendly staff make each visit a great experience. Particularly, the fly shop department with unquestionably the best fly tying selection in all of Ontario. January 24th, 2016.
Ray, As always top notch place you run! I am glad not to be your competition anymore. Thanks again Ken "Ontario's answer to Fly-fishing Education and Tight-line guiding" Grand River Troutfitters Ltd January 23rd, 2016. Thank you for the kind words Ken, but its customers and friends to the shop such as yourself that help daily with our efforts. I sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to a long term friendship! All the best until we next chat.
Ray the SIMMS Pro Dry Suit has arrived! My god that's a beautiful suit, Light as a feather and that orange is sexy man the fish will just be jumping in the boat 🙂 I really appreciated your service and thanks for the awesome hat if only the girls thought it was sexy I might even get lucky. I certainly know who to reach out to for this stuff. Have a great weekend Cheers January 15th, 2016.
I was glad to visit you in your shop - you have a great place and I will be stopping by from time to time as I go back and forth between St. Catharines and Fergus. It was great to meet Mike and Brian and to gain a bit more knowledge from all three of you. Being a newbie to serious fly fishing, as you well know, my learning curve is steep, but the rewards totally fulfilling. Thank Brian for the pattern recommendations and for pointing me to (a spot) - I spent a couple of hours there for the first time and will return for sure. That kind of experience will come in handy and thank him too, especially for the information about fishing for chromes over the border.
Brian, Thanks for sending the images so quickly. They look awesome! I enjoyed both the fishing and instructions you gave me. It inspired me to look for some fly casting lessons and get back into fly fishing. Thanks for the information below it will be very useful.I also looked up the fishing at ChileTrout It looks awesome!! Thanks,
Many thanks, Alec,for your advice on the caddis larva pattern. I've really been pounding them on it these last few days! I also tied up a toned-down version with a black bead, dark brown squirrel dub for the thorax, and cream antron with olive caddis dub (and a little ice dub) for the abdomen. This did the trick when things slowed down with the other pattern. I can't believe how realistic the abdomen looks when wet, so I'm guessing this technique would work for a pupa pattern, given that it too has very pronounced segmentation. Anyway, I'll give it a try and let you know how it works. Thanks,
Thanks for the Pics. We're in PEI on vacation and won't be back until Aug 27. Tell Brian we had a great time and I'd love to do it again.I'll talk to you when we get back about picking up some gear. Thanks for a great time,
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and thank you for running a great event on Sunday. I had a great day on the water as part of Team Yamada... Even though we didn't catch a lot of fish, I was very impressed with the quality of people involved, both fellow anglers and the tournament organizers and volunteers. It’s easy to see why this tournament carries on year after year. Once again thank you for all of the work you put into the day and I will try to drop by your shop whenever I'm in the area.
Ray, when I was in briefly today, I noticed AGAIN that yoiur store looks perfect. Obvious pride really shows. I've been in a LOT of tackle shops, through the years, but you're always looks like it's the Grand Opening of a new shop. You've put a lot of work in, to keep it looking like that. Sometimes an owner doesn't get an "atta boy", like employees do, but you've impressed this old guy! Well done! See you soon.
Joe Penich donated a box of flies to spey clave for the raffle on his behalf and The First Cast Fly Shop. Joe Penich has always been a "class act guy". Once again thank you for your support of the spey clave and Friends of the Grand River through yourself and your clientele.
Friends Of The Grand river
You run an amazing business with the very best of customer service. Your assistance over the years has been much appreciated.
Just a few words of thanks for putting me onto the Beads......WOW!! A buddy & I fished the ***** this past Saturday....she was high, but running clear. We fished for most of the day and I was 3 for 11 & my buddy 0 for 4. All on those beads!
Hey, thank you for helping me out. I really enjoy your store and all the knowledge I gain from my time spent there. I look forward to putting that to use and finally catch my first steelhead ...