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This blog is all about fly fishing for native trout. On it I cover trip reports, fishing tactics, conservation, the latest news about native trout species and much more. This site provides a companion to my web page nativetroutflyfishing.com.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A new fly shop in town - The Gig Harbor Fly Shop

My hometown of Gig Harbor, Washington just got something that it has needed for along time. A fly shop!! The owner is none other than my good friend Blake Merwin who has run an online shop www.wildernessangler.com for the last few years. Blake has also hired me on as the shop employee /guide/ fly tier. The shop will be carrying a wide variety of products, including Scott, Echo and Ross Worldwide Rods, Lamson-Waterworks and Ross reels, Patagonia and William Joseph waders and clothing, Renzetti and HMH Vise, and Hareline and Spirit River Fly Tying Materials to name a few things.

The fly bins and front counter

The shop is located in the heart of one of the last great native trout fisheries, for sea-run cutthroat on the Puget Sound and will be providing classes on casting, fishing local waters and tying, as well as guided trips. As of right now the shop is open for limited hours, Sunday-Friday 3pm-6pm and 7am-5pm on Saturdays. It is located in downtown Gig Harbor at 3100 Harboview Dr., between Spiro's and the Tides Tavern. We will be holding a grand opening party on April 18th and will be having events all day long, including tying demos, a chance to cast Scott and Echo rods, a raffle and much much more. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello!

The tying material room
And more tying materials

While the fly shop has been keeping me busy I have still found some time to fish and scout out new locations. Last week my friend Ryan and I headed out to the Hood Canal to do a little hiking and check out how the chum fry migration is proceeding. The morning was beautiful, but very cold at the estuary that we visited but we spotted some school of juvenile chum salmon as well as some cutthroat intercepting them. It looks like over the next few weeks fishing should really be heating up for coastal cutthroat feeding on juvenile salmon off of the creek mouths.

A chilly morning on the Hood Canal

1 comment:

GigHarborUndressed said...

Hi Gary--
I run 2 Gig Harbor blogs (GigHarborUndressed.com and MeetGigHarbor.com) that promote local events and businesses in our community.
Feel free to pass this on to your friend and I can profile his shop. I get approx 12k visitors monthly, and am #1 page 1 on Google for over 40 search terms relating to Gig Harbor businesses.