I've been an REI member for sometime now and in the past two years, I've taken up fishing as a recreational sport. I'm curious as to why REI does not sell fishing gear, accessories or apparel. Camping and fishing go hand-in-hand. Why not sell fishing equipment?
Thanks and Regards,
Remember that REI began as a bunch of climbers working together to obtain specialized gear from European sources. Fishing and generalized camping simply wasn't a priority.
@Kirk Thanks for reaching out!
Many years ago REI did carry fly fishing equipment, however it has been a while since we have stocked that category. I think that @hikermor and @Philreedshikes are on the right track with their responses of REI focusing more heavily on other categories. We will pass along your feedback to our teams, who appreciate hearing what products our members would like to see us potentially carry in the future.