6/28-29 – $175 per person (includes Hobie Pro Angler kayak)

We’re going to go over to the Gorge, Wednesday late afternoon and start with a dinner BBQ before hitting the lake and fishing late until dark. We’ll then camp out and get up bright and early, hit the lake before the sun is high and then head out of town.

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Spey Casting Seminars w/ Zack Williams

JULY 8 – ON THE SKYKOMISH RIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day of Spey

 

Saturday, July 8th. Ben Howard Boat Ramp -Skykomish River

 

9am-Noon: Beginner Spey Casting Course

 

Develop the basics fundamentals of several Spey casts that will get you out on the water and fishing with a two-hand rod. Background info will cover equipment, simple fundamentals and the how and why of the Spey cast. Then conclude the class by receiving personal instruction to develop your Spey casting skills.

 

 

1pm-4pm Spey Fishing Fundamentals

 

Learn the skills necessary to be successful swinging flies for steelhead: proper fly presentation, selecting the proper equipment setup and flies for the conditions, and more will be covered and practiced hands on.

 

 

Cost: $125 per session or $225

Limit 6-8 persons per session.

 

Equipment needed: Waders, Spey rod/reel/line (rentals available), sunglasses, hat, & other personal items.

 

Instructor: Past Gig Harbor fly shop employee, Zack Williams is a full time Spey guide and casting instructor, international Spey casting competitor (4th in the world at the 2016 Spey O Rama world championship), and editor of Swing the Fly magazine. See more at www.swingthefly.com & www.pnwspey.com

New Native Watercraft Slayer 12 LT In Stock!

The new Slayer 12 LT is the lightweight little brother to the Slayer 13 Propel. Instead of rotomolded plastic, the 12 LT is constructed from Thermoformed ABS plastic making it 27% lighter (23 pounds) than the Slayer 13! The kayak is $2699 and comes in blue or inferno.

 

Bōte Board Demo Day – June 17

Our rep from Bōte Boards is going to be here on June 17th for a Bōte demo day! Come by anytime between 10am and 4pm. We’ll have a free BBQ at 12pm.

You’ll be surprised how stable these are. I got to fish from a Bōte Rackham 12′ in Belize back in February and it was a blast! I’m looking forward to using one on our local lakes this summer as well as for some pinks when they show up in the estuaries.

We’re looking for some good help! If you love fly fishing, work hard, have integrity, and love people, we’d love to hear from you!

Part-Time and/or Full-Time positions available

To apply, send resume and cover letter to sales@gigharborflyshop.com

Bass Fishing at Hilltop Lake – May 10

Hilltop lake is a private lake with an incredible largemouth bass fishery out by the Gorge. Newly opened, Hilltop is highly restricted to just 3 fishing days a week (max 6 anglers) to ensure under-pressured fish. Size range is small largemouth to lunkers and everywhere in between, and there’s a lot of all of them!

We are hosting anglers to Hilltop lake on May 10th and June 28th. The fee is $175 and includes a Hobie pedal drive kayak and great shoreside lunch.

Fly Gear Promos!

I had the chance to fish the Accel 590 last week in central Washington for some lake fishing, awesome rod. I had it paired up with a Rio Camolux intermediate lake line and it casted like a dream. Incredible all-around trout rod.

The 9’6″ 6wt is excellent for beach anglers that want a rod that isn’t super fast action but will still huck some distance.

In spey, the ACCEL 12’6″ 7wt, affectionally named “Mr. Wiggles” by George Cook, is a great all around steelhead stick for the coast.

Promotional price good only until May 1st!

Sage Accel Fly Rods
 Retail $650
 Sale Price $552.50
Sage ACCEL Spey Rods
Retail $850
 Sale Price $722.50
$25 Rebate on Redington Waders!
Redington Palix River Waders
$169.95
Redington Willow River Waders
$159.95
Redington Sonic Pro Waders
$299.95

 

FREE Additional Korkers Sole w/ Purchase

The versatility of Korkers wading boots just got even better!

Purchase any pair of Korkers between now and April and get a free pair of soles. Perhaps you’ve been eyeing those vibram studded soles or some studded felt soles, now is the time!

We have several boot styles to choose from.

Promotional offer expires April 30th!

Korkers K5 Bomber Boot w/ felt & rubber
$199.99
Korkers Darkhouse Boot w/ felt & rubber
$179.99
Korkers Greenback Boot – felt or rubber
$99.99

 

Redington Vice Fly Rod $25 Rebate

 

The Redington Vice is one of our favorite rods under $200 and the deal just got even sweeter with a rebate from Redington!

The 9′ 5wt is a great faster action trout rod. The 9’6″ 6wt is a great Puget Sound beach rod or nymphing stick. And the 9′ 8wt would be great for salmon in the salt or even a backup for destination travel.

This Friday, April 28 from 5pm-7pm will be our first ever Ladies’ Night at Gig Harbor Fly Shop! Join us as we kick off our women’s program with a free open house!

Find out about upcoming women’s classes and events, and meet the new ladies (Maia & Alex) on staff at the shop.

We are looking forward to seeing our regulars as well as meeting some new faces in the fly fishing world – drinks and appetizers will be provided. No previous fly fishing experience necessary – all levels of interest are more than welcome! Hope to see you there!

Stay connected with other women in the group through our GH Women’s Fly Fishing facebook group.

 

BOTE Board Demo Saturday 10-2pm

BOTE Boards makes the best fly fishing standup paddleboards around. I even caught a few bonefish from one in Belize in February!

Available in hardboard models like the HD or Rackham, as well as the popular inflatable Drift Bugslinger.

We have a bunch in stock and are doing a demoSaturday from 10-2pm. We’ll have the BBQ fired up as well. So come on out, try a BOTE board, and scarf down a hot dog!

 Wednesday April 12th @ 6:30pm

Come learn about how you can go fly fishing with us in Cuba in 2018!

I’ll show some pictures and tell some stories from previous trips as well as share about the 2018 opportunities.

Hey, I might even pass out some free CUBAN CIGARS! Yes that’s right, I’m not above bribing you to show up!

 

Zapata Peninsula aboard the Georgiana – March 10-17, 2018

Gardens of the King – March 17-25, 2018

We have two trips to Cuba in 2018 and including our most affordable trip to date! The Zapata trip aboard the Georgiana yacht is an excellent remote fishing experience. This will be a repeat trip for us as we have a group departing for the Georgiana in just a few weeks.

Gardens of the King is at an incredible resort with a world class tarpon fishery. Considering that it is only $3640 for an angler (double occupancy) this is a bargain. The resort situation is also great for non-anglers so if you wanted to bring your spouse along to Cuba, this is perfect. Want to learn more about these trips, check our Cuba page HERE or come to our presentation tonight (Wednesday)!

 

Come learn about how you can go fly fishing with us in Cuba in 2018! I’ll show some pictures and tell some stories from previous trips as well as share about the 2018 opportunities. Hey, I might even pass out some CUBAN CIGARS! Yes that’s right, I’m not above bribing you to show up!

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Zapata Peninsula aboard the Georgiana – March 10-17, 2018

Gardens of the King – March 17-25, 2018

We have two trips to Cuba in 2018 and including our most affordable trip to date! The Zapata trip aboard the Georgiana yacht is an excellent remote fishing experience. This will be a repeat trip for us as we have a group departing for the Georgiana in just a few weeks.

Gardens of the King is at an incredible resort with a world class tarpon fishery. Considering that it is only $3640 for an angler (double occupancy) this is a bargain. The resort situation is also great for non-anglers so if you wanted to bring your spouse along to Cuba, this is perfect. Want to learn more about these trips, check our Cuba page HERE or come to our presentation next Wednesday.

We are excited to announce that we are hosting the Reel Paddling Film Festival this month at the Blue Mouse Theater in Tacoma.

The festival showcases the year’s best paddling films in 120+ cities all over the world.

Our showing will feature kayak fishing, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP surfing, and whitewater kayaking.

Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. All ages event.

Tickets are $12 in advance at the shop or $15 online.

This Saturday (tomorrow) 10am-2pm we will have a Hobie demo day on the water. The weather is calling for SUN!! 

We’ll also have a free BBQ. Some come on down, try out the new Hobie pedal drive kayak with reverse.

Stay tuned for a SUP demo next month.

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Tie of the Month is for fly tiers that need a little inspiration or are learning new patterns.

 

Tie of the Month is inspired by our successful Fly of the Month Club. Every month with Fly of the Month we mail out $20 worth of flies and a great write up of where to go, how to fish it, and more. The fly selection has a theme to it having to do with fishing opportunity the following month. The flies are historically effective during that period. We hope the Fly of the Month Club inspires you to try out new fisheries, new locations, fish more, fish all year, and have fun!

Expanding on Fly of the Month, we are offering for fly tiers, Tie of the Month!

Tie of the Month will feature one or more of the flies selected for Fly of the Month. We will mail you everything you need to tie 10-12 flies (hooks, materials, etc) as well as instructions (by video).

Join both clubs and get a $5 discount!

Sign up for Fly of the Month HERE and Tie of the Month HERE!

 

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We have two trips to Cuba for March 2018, back t0 back!Georgiano

In 2018 we will be returning to the Zapata Peninsula aboard the Georgiana yacht. This is a great way to experience some incredible fishing without having to leave the flats. Staying on a comfy live aboard minimizes travel time to fishing grounds and is a remote experience.  Click here for more info.

We are adding a new destination for 2018. The Gardens of the King are an exceptional tarpon fishery on the north shore of Cuba. This resort based trip has a lot of flexibility for the make up of the group. Single anglers, anglers with a fishing partner, or anglers wanting to bring a non-angler along are all welcome. Click here for more info. 

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What: Public hearing for Occidental Chemical cleanup

When: 5pm (open house) and 6pm (public hearing) on Wednesday, March 8th

Where: The Center at Norpoint (4818 Nassau Ave NE, Tacoma)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/187450521741965/

It’s no secret that Commencement Bay carries a toxic legacy. While we have made real progress since the fish-less waters of a few decades ago, one polluted mess in particular serves as a reminder of how much further we must go in our pursuit of healthy waters (and healthy fish). That mess is the Occidental Chemical Corporation Pollution Plume.

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Photo: Occidental Chemical site in operation; Credit: Occidental Chemical Corporation

For nearly 100 years, Occidental Chemical Corp. manufactured a slew of chemical solvents along the shores of the Hylebos Waterway in the Tacoma Tideflats. Although the company no longer operates here, they left behind a mind boggling amount of these hazardous chemicals in the soil and groundwater below the site, creating an enormous toxic plume.

The cleanup process for this underground pollution plume will be an immense undertaking. For starters, the size of the contamination is staggering. It spans an area the size of five CenturyLink Field stadiums and reaches a depth of 160 feet, or about as deep as the Tacoma Dome is tall. It contains a mixture of extremely dangerous pollutants, including metals, PCB’s and a particularly nasty group of volatile organic chemicals. Over time, these pollutants can release cancer-causing gas into our water and air. In fact, the pollution is so toxic that it is dissolving hard rock into jelly. If the pollution can dissolve rock into jelly, just imagine what it can do to the salmon, birds and other wildlife in Puget Sound.

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Photo: Pollution plume from Occidental Chemical Corp.; Credit: WA Dept. of Ecology

The severity of Occidental Chemical’s pollution landed the site on the federal list of Superfund cleanups in the early 1980’s. Decades later, we are finally examining different cleanup options for the site. Right now, officials from the Washington State Department of Ecology are deciding on a cleanup plan. The plan they settle on will determine how much of Occidental’s mess gets removed and how much stays in the ground forever.

This stage of the cleanup is where things get tricky. Historically, the parties responsible for the pollution on Superfund sites help foot the bill for cleanup costs. However, Occidental Chemical wants to pay as little as possible for the cleanup and walk away from their toxic mess with the vast majority of the pollution remaining in the ground. This is absolutely unacceptable – Tacoma and Puget Sound deserve better. We cannot afford to put the profits of polluters above the health and safety of our environment and fish. That’s where you come in.

The Department of Ecology is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, March 8th, which will be our best chance to speak out and demand the strongest possible cleanup plan from Occidental Chemical Corporation. Tell your friends and show up for the health of your fish and local waters!

What: Public hearing for Occidental Chemical cleanup

When: 5pm (open house) and 6pm (public hearing) on Wednesday, March 8th

Where: The Center at Norpoint (4818 Nassau Ave NE, Tacoma)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/187450521741965/

If you can’t attend, you can still help by submitting public comments. Send your comments urging the strongest cleanup possible to:

Kerry Graber, Site Manager

Washington State Department of Ecology

PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Kerry.graber@ecy.wa.gov

For information regarding the cleanup of the Occidental Chemical site, visit our website at http://www.healthybay.org/occidental-chemical-cleanup-site/

With questions or to receive updates on this issue, email Ryan Cruz at rcruz@healthybay.org

About Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Citizens for a Healthy Bay engages people to clean up, restore and protect Commencement Bay, its surrounding waters and natural habitat. We have been involved in the Occidental cleanup process for nearly two decades. As the local clean water leader, we will continue bringing people together to achieve a clean and healthy Commencement Bay that benefits both our community and the surrounding ecosystem.

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Thursday March 2, 2017

@ the Blue Mouse Theater (Tacoma)

6PM – Live Music, Liquor, Beer, & Silent Auction

7PM – Show

We’re excited to be hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour for our 8th year in a row! We hope to raise a bunch of money for the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition.

The silent auction items: Sage X Fly Rod, Scott Flex Fly Rod, Fishpond Cooler w/ bottle of booze from Heritage Distillery, Redington Vapen Fly Rod, Kula Cooler, Hood Canal Guided Trip, Patagonia, and more!

Come at 6pm to bid on the items, hear live music from Ben Wysong, taste some drinks from Heritage Distillery, and enjoy some beers from Georgetown Brewery.

Tickets are available at the shop for $15 on Wednesday, or for $18 online on our website, at the shop Thursday, or at the door (if it doesn’t sell out).

Buy online tickets here