Meet Our Guide Staff!

For summer 2017 we have doubled our guide staff!

I am super excited to introduce you to 3 new guides on our team. They are great anglers and guides, and with a high level of professionalism. After a very busy 2016 we are now prepared to handle a wide variety of trips and hopefully we won’t have to apologize this summer for being over booked!

One of them is a familiar face, a Gig Harbor Fly Shop alumni! Justin Tenzler worked for me from 2009-2011. We are super excited to have him back on board!

Aaron O’Brien

Aaron grew up fishing for coastal cutthroat in the bays of Puget Sound and in local streams and rivers. Born and bred in Washington, his first love is sea run cutthroat trout but you can find him chasing salmon, steelhead, bass, and trout of all kinds and birds with his black lab almost any time.

Cole Leishman

Cole was born and raised in Washington, taking his first cast on a fly rod at eight years old. He grew up fishing the beaches of Puget Sound and the trout streams of the Central Cascades. In college, Cole founded the Western Washington University Fly Fishing Club and learned that he enjoys helping others learn how to fish and improve their skills. When he’s not on the water, Cole likes to mountain bike, go backpacking, or play with his dog, Teddy.

Justin Tenzler

Justin was born and raised in Gig Harbor and has been guiding the PNW for 12 years. While he cut his teeth fishing the local beaches and rivers, for over a decade Justin has been guiding Bristol Bay, Alaska for salmon and trout. In the winter, Justin resides in the last great strong hold of wild steelhead in the lower 48 guiding in the wet and wind for a chance at these truly special fish. Wether guiding a beginner or advanced angler, Tenzler’s goal is always to ensure you enjoy your day fishing the incredible fisheries our area has to offer. When not guiding, you’ll find him fishing somewhere with his wife and two wonderful daughters.

Blake Merwin

Blake learned to fly fish growing up in Nor Cal, fishing farm ponds for bass. He soon graduated to trout, steelhead, salmon, and more. Blake’s passion turned business started in 2004 with the launch of a fly fishing business that has grown into one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier stores. In addition to owning and operating both Gig Harbor Fly Shop and Gig Harbor Watersports, Blake also guides saltwater & freshwater for species such as sea run cutthroat trout, steelhead, and multiple salmon species. Blake is also a pastor at Harbor Covenant Church in Gig Harbor and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with wife and two kids.

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General Trip Information
Back in February I had the chance to do a trip with Lori-Ann Murphy. Lori-Ann has been guiding for 3 decades and back in the 90’s was the first Orvis-endorsed woman fly fishing guide. She has shifted her focus from the streams of the rockies to the flats of Belize and is a blast to spend a day on the water with.

In Episode 12 I sit down with Lori-Ann to learn more about her journey as a guide and how she has successfully made a career out of it.

 

Thursday July 6 @ 5pm

Join us as we welcome local author Langdon Cook to hear his thoughts on our beloved Pacific Salmon from his latest release – Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table. Meet and greet from 5pm to 6pm, followed by a reading and signing from 6pm to 7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

“Foodies, sport anglers, bureaucrats and zealots of every stripe vie over the fate of Pacific salmon.” -David Profumo of the Wall Street Journal

“For those who want to live to see the salmon recapture its former glory, this work is a great place to learn what needs to done– and an entertaining view on the positive and negative connections humans have with the natural.” -Publisher’s Weekly

“Langdon Cook delivers a beautifully written portrait of the iconic salmon that blends history, biology, contentious politics, and the joy of fishing into a captivating and thought-provoking tale. Like a great meal, Upstream is thrilling, deeply satisfying, and memorable. After reading it, you will understand why salmon are worth fighting for.” -Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons

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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