Kula coolers are super functional and durable and perfect for fly fishers, kayakers, boaters, and standup paddleboarders. Check out this creative video from Kula Coolers.

We’re super excited to be bringing in BOTE boards! We have their inflatable in stock right now and the hard boards are on their way. We are so impressed with their fly fishing specific boards I decided to take my wife to Belize to go try them out on the flats. You know, um, product testing!

We the BOTE products on display at our Gig Harbor Watersports store, just a half of a block from the fly shop in Downtown Gig Harbor.

 

BOTE in 30 Seconds from BOTE Board on Vimeo.

We’ve Added To Our Elite Program for 2017!

Join our 2017 Elite Program and get benefits at both the Fly Shop and Watersports:

– 15% off the regular price of Flies
– 15% off Fly Tying Materials
– 25% off all classes & clinics
– 25% off all casting lessons
– 50% off 1st three months of our Fly of the Month Club
– 25% off kayak/SUP rentals for you AND your friends
– 10% off kayak accessories

The program runs from 1/1/17-12/31/17.

Sign Up Here

 

Holiday Season Hours

Expanded hours to make sure you’re taken care of. Need to pick up after hours, no problem, just email us. Need something shipped, and fast? We’ll do that to just ask.Holiday Hours

SundayFriday 9-6

Saturday 8-6

Please note we are now open early on Sundays. Also Friday & Saturday Dec 16-17 we will be open until 7pm both nights. Christmas Eve we will close at 5. Closed Christmas Day.

Gig Harbor Fly Shop Episode 11 – Tips to Tying Better Intruders w/ OPST Ben Paull

After you’ve watched the video, below is Ben tying up an intruder with composite loops from start to finish. We hope you learn a few things from these videos and get inspired. We’d love to help you find the materials you need to tie some big nasty flies. Check out our website or give us a call 253-851-3474.

Wine, Appetizers, Live Music, Christmas Tree Fly/Craft, & more!

This Saturday 5-8pm

Join us Saturday evening for a fun Christmas event at the shop. We’re trying to make this a fun inclusive event so bring a spouse or a friend! It’s okay if they’re not a fly fisher!

We’ll be pouring some complimentary wine, we have some 5-star appetizers, and songwriter Ben Wysong will be providing some live music.

Last but not least we will be hosting a special Christmas Fly Tying activity, no tying experience necessary! We will help you tie up your very own Christmas tree fly. Use it as a decoration or a give it as a gift. We’ll provide all the materials, you just provide the willingness to try it!

This event is part of the larger Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor event. Several businesses will be open late. Come downtown for a hayride with Santa, lighted boat parade, falling snow, live Christmas music, and more! Guys, this is a perfect opportunity for a date night and sneaking in a trip to the fly shop!

Many of you have heard of our upcoming trip to the Zapata Peninsula April 29-May 6, 2017. 1 open spot by the way!

There are some other Cuba opportunities available that I can wholeheartedly recommend, and suggest you consider.

Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel is hosting a trip to the Gardens of the King and has two open spots. We had considered hosting a trip to that destination as well because of its spectacular tarpon fishing (plenty of bonefish and permit too!). The dates are June 24-July 2, 2017. For more information, check out Jon’s site or feel free to ask me any questions about it.

It’s that time of year again, the annual Christmas post, the one time a year I write about anything other than fish. If you ask anyone in my family, the only gifts they receive from me come from inside this shop, so I try to put a little thought into it. We all try to do three ideas for this post. The first two items on my list are the fishermens items, these items are for the men or women on your list that you say “man, they have everything, but I want to go big on fishing”. The last item is the fun gift idea for the person on your list that doesnt need much, but you want to get something that shows you thought of them! Here you go!

 

Number one!

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Fisknat Nets are a Northwest staple, They are reasonably priced for their beautiful craftsmanship and they sure are beautiful! These are locally made, beautiful, and every fisherman has dreamed of them! Plus Robert over at Fisknat sure is a great guy! A new net is always a safe bet for a fishermen, If you know they have a net already try to get a look at the handle length and we can help you compliment it!

 

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The Renzetti Traveler 2300! This is the most loved vise in the game, this is what most of us in the shop whip up our flies on and some of the best tiers in the world are tying on. This vise has many of the same features of the luxury vises on the market without the complicated or fancy features that make them $400-$700 dollars. The Renzetti traveler is made in the USA for the guy that loves tying flies!

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The Renzetti Master! Okay, I have to admit I am a massive fan of the Traveler 2300, and I have no real NEED to upgrade to the master. I do a lot of classes (2017 schedule coming soon) and I am fairly active on Instagram with my flies (@flyfishingjustinwaters) and this vise is just better looking than the traveler. The adjustable neck, the burley base, and the ability to tie down to a #28 and up to a size 10/0 saltwater fly makes this vise the best on the market, and the most beautiful finish on the market… It was on my birthday wish list and SOMEONE decided feeding ourselves was more important than buying a new vise. However this one is on my personal wish list.

 

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The Charley Harper Trout Socks!

 

Smartwool’s Charley Harper collection is a great addition to anyones sock drawer. They look great, feel great, and last for what seems like forever. They are technical enough to feel comfortable on a short hike with the dog, yet still make a great everyday sock for…everyday! Plus you can say you have trout toes!

 

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday, or bar mitzvah to you and your family, and tight-lines in the new year!

 

Justin

Fly Tying Demos w/ Justin Waters

 

Free Fly Tying Demos w/ Justin – Saturday all day!

11am-12:30pm Fly Tying Tips and Tricks – Fly tying techniques that will greatly improve the fishability & durability of your flies. There will be methods in how to reduce bulk, time, keel your flies better, and make better looking, more effective flies for all sorts of species. Plus a few tying tricks and techniques that are just plain fun!

1:30-3:30pm Fly Tying for Puget Sound – Techniques used to make effective flies for Sea Run Cutthroat and Salmon in Puget Sound. We will discuss materials, methods, and how to fish these flies effectively. Feel free to ask questions about flies, techniques, or rigging for puget sound fishing.

4:30-7pm – Open Tie! – Come on down, bring your vise, adult beverages, some materials, and come fill some fly boxes! Feel free to ask questions, try some new materials, and watch some folks tie flies here at the shop! Winter is tying season and it has felt a lot like winter in the last couple of weeks…

We’re going to offer 10% off of all fly tying tools and materials. 25% off of all fly shop logo’d fly boxes and buy $100 or more and get a free high fives from Justin (50 cents value!).

We have been working our tails off for the past two months and are excited to announce the launch of our new eCommerce site! Quite a few of our items are on there (over 5,000 of them in fact). But we still have more to do! The site is functional and awesome. We will continue to fix, tweak, and add over the next several weeks.

 

Patagonia M’s Down Sweater Vest
$179
$99.99
Patagonia W’s Ultralight Down Sweater Jacket
$299
$149.99
Patagonia Black Hole Pack
$149.95
$89.99
Patagonia Stormfront Roll Top Boat Bag
$149
$89.99
Patagonia Sweet Pack Vest
$199
$139.30

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Sea Run Cutthroat fishing has been solid through the fall and into this winter. Yet the short days and dreary weather makes us think forward to Spring of 2017. Chum fry, the days get nicer and nicer instead of shorter and wetter, fly boxes are full, the cutthroat are slapping bait off the surface… I for one can hardly wait! PLUS, with the chum fry we know that we are getting closer and closer to that Western Washington summer! Why not kick it off by getting a bent rod? Why not get half off a guided fishing trip? Why not do it while supporting a fantastic cause that benefits every Coastal Cutthroat you have ever attempted to catch and every fishermen that enjoys them all at the same time?

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Well here’s what you need to do! Go here and read about the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition and donate $250 between now and Dec. 3rd and get entered into a chance to win a guided fishing trip with Justin Waters (@flyfishingjustinwaters) of Gig Harbor Fly Shop. With your donation you will get a Coffee Mug, a Decal and entered into the raffle for the trip. unnamed

Cheers guys, and good Luck!

Justin Waters

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We had such a fun 2016 Cutthroat season, and it’s not wrapped up yet, but as the leaves fall and winter is creeping in I can’t help but reflect on what a great season it has been!
Fishing this spring started early and came on strong. Chum fry were out in full force from mid February and stuck around till the end of May! They were thick on the canal early and hung in the northern parts of the canal and sound later than in the past. All of this bait kept the cutthroat happy and fattened them up really quickly after their spawning season. This also had them frenzying after flies with a noticeable disregard for their well being.
Summer was nothing short of spectacular with noticeably larger fish being brought in all over Puget Sound and Hood Canal. We discuss this every season but there seems to be more and larger fish annually out here, and hopefully with the start of the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition we will have some scientific facts to back this up! It seems pretty obvious that the fishery is improving year to year due to catch and release and a great community of contentious fly fishermen and light tackle fishing.
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Fall has just been crazy, our coho season was nipped in the butt by WDFW and the retention limits for anglers on hood canal crazy high with four wild fish! Although WDFW and the tribes did everything they could to ruin our fall season we managed to have a fantastic coho season on the canal and a even better one for Sea Run Cutthroat! From September-now we have seen big numbers and big fish pretty much every day we have been on the water! With the days shortening and the number of days on the water slowing down the fishing still remains strong! We are even starting to see massive numbers of Chum salmon rolling in threatening to break all of our gear!
Thanks for a great 2016 season, we hope to finish up the year strong and see you for winter steelhead and in february for the kick off of chum fry!

We have some great deals on Black Friday this year. This is just some of the deals. We have other in store deals going on. You’re crazy if you pass up the deal on these rods!

Echo Solo 7’6″ 3wt 4pc Fly Rod w/ Line – only $60! (Originally $160)

Echo Edge 7’8″ 3wt 4pc Fly Rod w/ Presentation Line – only $120! (Originally $280)

Echo Prime 8’10” 8wt, 10wt, 12wt 1 piece fly rods – $449, only $199! $149 when purchased w/ reel.

All fly boxes 50% off!

Huge Patagonia selection 50% off!

All trout flies 1/2 off!

1/2 Price New Phase Plastic Stripping Basket! ($64.95 $32.47!)

Free Dr. Slick Tool Set & Free Fly Tying 1.1 class w/ Purchase of Renzetti Vise! 

We have a bunch of $1 bargins too!

 

We also have deals for Black Friday at Gig Harbor Watersports. We’ll be open 9am-6pm at both shops that day. Mark your calendars!

We have some great deals on Black Friday this year and wanted to give you just a quick sneak peak before we roll out the big announcement next week.

Echo Solo 3wt Fly Rod w/ Line – only $60!

All fly boxes 50% off!

Huge Patagonia selection 50% off!

All trout flies 1/2 off!

We have a bunch of other surprises at the Fly Shop and at Gig Harbor Watersports. We’ll open at 9am at both shops that day. Mark your calendars!

This Saturday November 19 @ 9am

If you are a steelhead fly tier, you know OPST. They have been at the front of tying innovation when it comes to intruders, shank flies, and more. This Saturday, Nov 19th @ 9am to learn all sorts of tips and tricks about composite loops with Ben from OPST. Composite loops are not only for steelhead flies, they also work great on streamers and baitfish patterns. The demo is free.

 

Buy any spey rod from now until 11/30 and get a free 2 hour spey casting class. We have one more class on the books: 12/3. It’s from 1-3pm and will go over the fundamentals of spey casting and give you a chance to hone your skill.

This deal is for any spey rod in the shop. But check out these two deals above! Echo TR normally $349, now only $199 and the Echo Dec Hogan II normally $389, now only $219. These are great deals, especially considering you get a free casting class AND a free $40 running line.

Friday, November 18 12-5pm

We are really excited about this Bainbridge Island event we have put together for this Friday. You’re going to want to call in sick for this one!

The first part of the event is a SAGE factory tour. You’ll get to see how each SAGE rod is constructed and the 88 hands that touch each one. You’ll get to meet the R&D department and hear about the process they go through to discover, design, and test their products. You’ll also get to meet and hear from some of the SAGE staff and hear about what they do and answer any questions you have.

After the factory tour we will head back to the facility we rented for a happy hour event and screening of the new film Finding Fontinalis and a chance to learn more about the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition!

You must sign up and pay ($10) in advance. We will email you the specifics about where to meet, etc.

Schedule:

12pm – Meet Up

12:30-3:15pm – SAGE Factory Tour

3:30pm – Happy Hour/Coastal Cutthroat Coalition

4pm – Finding Fotinalis film

5pm – It’s over!

To sign up, stop by the shop or give us a call 253-851-3474

SAGE Factory Tour & Film Event
Next Friday, November 18 12-5pm

We are really excited about this Bainbridge Island event we have put together for next Friday. You’re going to want to call in sick for this one!

The first part of the event is a SAGE factory tour. You’ll get to see how each SAGE rod is constructed and the 88 hands that touch each one. You’ll get to meet the R&D department and hear about the process they go through to discover, design, and test their products. You’ll also get to meet and hear from some of the SAGE staff and hear about what they do and answer any questions you have.

After the factory tour we will head back to the facility we rented for a happy hour event and screening of the new film Finding Fontinalis and a chance to learn more about the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition!

You must sign up and pay ($10) in advance. We will email you the specifics about where to meet, etc.

Schedule:

12pm – Meet Up

12:30-3:15pm – SAGE Factory Tour

3:30pm – Happy Hour/Coastal Cutthroat Coalition

4pm – Finding Fotinalis film

5pm – It’s over!

To sign up, stop by the shop or give us a call 253-851-3474

Finding Fontinalis Official Trailer from Cinema Digital Productions on Vimeo.

November 1811am-6pm

We’re hosting a fun event at the Sage Fly Rod factory on Bainbridge Island and Suquamish Clearwater Casino! More details coming soon!

Tickets ($10) go on sale for this event Nov. 5!

 

 

Saturday November 19 @ 9am

If you are a steelhead fly tier, you know OPST. They have been at the front of tying innovation when it comes to intruders, shank flies, and more. Come Nov 19th @ 9am to learn all sorts of tips and tricks about composite loops with Ben from OPST. The demo is free.

The festivities start Friday at noon with Olympic swimmer, Amanda Beard, Christening a kayak with a beer! We have some excellent guest speakers, food, and beer. Come on down and check out the new store! It is only two doors down from the fly shop, next to the park!

Schedule:

Friday

12pm – Grand Opening Ceremony

12-6pm – Open hours, Hors d’oeuvres, fancy cookies, and giveaways.

4pm – Happy Hour

Saturday

9-6pm – Open hours, Hors d’oeuvres, fancy cookies, and giveaways.

11am – Free Seminar – Dick Wark (Gig Harbor Watersports Hobie Fishing Team Member) – Kayak Fishing for Salmon & Bottom Fishing from Ocean to Estuary

1pm – Free Seminar – Brad Hole (Regional Hobie Fishing Team Member) – Trolling Lead Core Line for Local Lakes

4pm – Happy Hour

Sunday

9-6pm – Open Hours, Hors d’oeuvres, fancy cookies, and giveaways.

1pm – Free Seminar – Bryant Hawkins (Gig Harbor Watersports) – Paddles! Choosing, sizing, and using the right paddle.

4pm – Happy Hour

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