About US

It started out with a passion.

Robert "Doc" Wessels is what you would call an avid outdoorsman. His passion for fly fishing and marksmanship on the gun range inspired him to open the Bear's Den over 33 years ago. Originally founded in the basement of his veterinary practice located in Taunton, Wessels had an impressive selection of firearms and fly fishing gear any one man could fit into a small basement.

After retiring, Doc passed down the business to his son Scott, who had been working in the shop since it began. Scott's passion for fly fishing started at a very young age. Since his early years he has traveled the world fishing for exotic species. Although we no longer carry firearms, the Bear's Den has been one of the best resources for fly fishing in the New England Area since 1989.

We have an impressive selection of gear and materials but are also renowned for our friendly and knowledgable staff. All of the folks here at the Den have been, or are avid fly fishers. We pride ourselves on our extensive product knowledge, variety and above all, great customer service. Come down today and see for yourself!

We look forward to meeting you and sharing our experience and expertise.