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Welcome to the new era of FlyTek!
I'm Dave Beddows and I am the new boss of the shop. Before you get worried Pat Stevens is still very much involved with FlyTek as technical advisor, is still available for technical advice over the phone and he will still be there to sell you things at all the usual shows. I have possibly met some of you at this years BFFI and if I seemed a bit uncomfortable with some questions I appologise, it was only because we couldn't say what was going on at that point or why I was actually there.
In effect I'm doing the things that Pat doesn't really want to - website, technology etc etc and he is now free to do the things (such as fishing obviously!) he enjoys doing much more. I on the other hand get to sit in a darkened industrial unit surrounded by mountains of fly tying materials and alternating between staring at a computer screen, desperately trying to remember where everything is and visiting the Post Office.......not quite sure I've thought this through have I!
So the team is basically:
Dave Beddows - I am now the boss - I would say that I'm an enthusiastic beginner when it come to fly tying (but lets face it I now have all the gear so I'm hoping to quickly improve!) but an expert in selling things on the internet. I have enough knowledge to know what everything is but not quite enough yet to know how best to use absolutely all of it - we stock well over 3000 products so that will take a little time but I'm getting there. Pat however is obviously still availiable to tell you what what to buy and why!
Pat Stevens - who really needs no introduction - as the Fly Tying expert/technical guru. He is going to post regular blog posts about what he's up to and is still more than willing to have a chat with you about what you actually need and why!
Bill Beddows, who I know some of you know already, as the very good amateur tyer. The more observant amongst you may also notice that we share a surname, there is a good reason for that as he also doubles up as my father in his spare time. He wil be mosty sharing what he is currently tying/fishing and and providing blog posts with what he finds works best for the hobby fisherman/fly tyer.
Both of the above will be keeping me up to date with what we should be stocking and I already have a few ideas of my own about new things we will be doing so watch this space (so to speak!)
Anne Beddows, my good lady wife who will be doing a lot of the day to day accounting and 'encouraging' me to make more money!
The website is now open, I won't lie - it has been an absolutely mammoth task uploading all the stock, there will be some mistakes and as you will notice there aren't many pictures yet. That is another huge task but I am getting on with it so please bear with me for a month or so. If you have any problems using the site please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will sort it out. There will be one or two spelling mistakes as well but I have people telling me about them as they find them.
We are also hoping to improve the look of FlyTek stand at shows, there won't be any major changes more little tweeks to make shopping the stand easier and to make it look a little more modern. I am however pleased to be able to say that Marc Petitjean has confirmed that he will be on our stand again next year at the BFFI
Finally - if you are a Facebook user we now have a FlyTek group - please feel free to drop by and say hello! FlyTek Facebook Group