Redington Hydrogen – Trout Spey Package

Retail Items = $570.80 / Your Cost = $494.00

To check out on our online store CLICK HERE

New for 2017 trout spey models offer trout anglers a new, highly-efficient way to cover water and for you two-handed anglers, a way to scale your favorite pursuit to trout-sized waters. The trout spey allows the angler to fish untouched, tight, brushy areas where back casting space is limited, anywhere distance is needed. i.e beach fishing for Coastal Cutthroat trout in Washington. A longer rod also aids in better mending capabilities. The world of spey has even opened a door to individuals who may have developed joint pain or injuries associated with the wrist, elbow, or rotator cuff, or anybody who has found traditional overhead casting a challenge due to fatigue. The trout spey allows anglers to throw long casts, larger flies all in a relaxed body position with easy and of course the main draw… spey is a world of fun!

We’ve assembled our top pick for the avid angler looking to hit the water without having to wade through the muddy confusion associated with today’s world of Spey. With the correct balance of grains and running line, The Redington Hydrogen rod coupled with the Behemoth reel is a great launching pad for any angler looking for a premo package ready to fish.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 1EACH OF THESE ITEMS

Redington – 11′ 3″ 3wt Hydrogen Trout Spey 3113-4 or 11′ 6″ 4wt Hydrogen Trout Spey 4116-4

Redington – Behemoth Reel 5/6

OPST – Commando Head – 250gr

OPST – Lazar Running Line – 35lb

OPST – Sink Tip – Riffle (96gr, S2/3)

Backing – 100 yrds 20lb

Leader – 6ft Maxima 8lb

Package comes ready to fish. We spool everything on so all you have to do is attach the reel to the rod, run the line through the guides and tie on a fly.

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HYDROGEN TROUT SPEY

*Life Time Warranty* Hydrogen rod family is designed especially for the trout angler. A fine-tuned, medium-fast action combined with the lightest weight components available to give anglers incredible performance with a light in-hand feel. Skeletonized reel seats and single-foot guides help reduce weight, while the rod actions and models will match any trout fishing scenario.

3wt 11′ 3″ : Great for smaller flies and trout. Great for soft hackles, smaller to moderate sized streamers like Sculpzilla’s (approx 1inch to 3inch inch steamers). The 3wt is the preferred rod for places like the Yakima River, Wa.

4wt 11′ 6″ : Great for larger trout and summer run steelhead. Opt for the 4wt if you plan on throwing larger trout flies (1″ to 3.5″) i.e Dali Lama Flies. The 4 wt will be preferred by those fishing larger flies and or on larger rivers like the Yellowstone River in Montana.

  • The lightest rod in its class
  • Super-tuned, smooth,medium-fast action blank construction
  • Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery
  • Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Pinpoint accuracy delivered through improved rod tracking
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Half-wells, premium gradecork handles
  • Euro nymph actions feature a softer tip for easier turnover
  • Fully protected cordura rod tube with dividers
  • Trout Spey models feature Scandi and Skagit grain ratings on rod blanks
  • Trout Spey models feature downlocking skeletonized reel seats for superior in-hand balance
  • Trout Spey models feature Zirconia stripping guide inserts to reduce guide/line freeze
  • Lifetime warranty

Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat

premium gradecork handles

Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery

REDINGTON BEHEMOTH – 5/6

 

 

 

Why did we pick the Behemoth? Our new BEHEMOTH reel has been very popular on the Olympic Peninsula, especially for our winter steelhead enthusiasts. Combines the most powerful drag (not that a heavy drag really matters for trout, but it doesn’t hurt) Stunning aesthetics that push the limits of fly reel design. The unique, un-machinable, die-cast construction is coupled with a durable, interlocking, large-arbor spool design that both looks and functions like a premium reel. A super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag package brings the utmost in drag strength, reliability and performance to the family. Sized for your HYDROGEN TROUT SPEY 3-weight or 4-weight. the BEHEMOTH reels offer performance and affordability to beginner and veteran anglers alike.

Most powerful drag in its class
Adjustable, CarbonFiber drag
Unmachinable, unique Die-cast construction
Large arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory
Oversized drag knob foreasy adjustment
Easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
Deep V-Spool for increased backing capacity
Twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
Nylon reel case included
Lifetime warranty

 

OPST COMMANDO HEAD – 3wt / 250 grain : 4wt / 300 grain

 

Here on the Olympic Peninsula we know spey and the Commando head has been an essential tool for our guiding and leisure, steelhead in the winter and trout fishing in the summer. We love these heads for their undeniable practicality. Whether your the seasoned guide or the begging spey caster, these heads are easy to learn and fun to use.

OPST’s Commando Heads are the result of decades of focus on sustained anchor systemology (SAS) by Ed Ward. They are designed to expand the capabilities of shorter spey rods, switch rods and single hand rods beyond that of normal. You may be surprised at their short length, but this was no accident. The ultra-short design provides an effortless casting feel and enhances performance in circumstances of restricted casting room, troublesome winds and in casting bulky flies. It also makes them more fishable than longer lines that are hard to control on the water. Wanna roll cast? Underhand? Nymph? Single hand Skagit with a haul? Overhead? Go right ahead. You have never cast a line like the Commando.

OPST LAZAR LINE – 35lb

Bright Green Mono running line increases visibility giving you greater visual control as the current grabs and pulls at your running line and head, most importantly in periods of limited visibility. i.e Dusk or Dawn and especially for those throwing mice patterns at night.

Your package comes with 35lb. OPST LAZAR line is today’s hot product for many reasons. It’s memory free (less likely to tangle unlike that of standard mono) great range of hot and cold memory, ties great knots, easily visible and of course, it flies through your snake guides like greased lightning for easy of casting with less effort.

 

Another hot product from OPST and we have been personally fishing this running line for a few years now and recommend it to to anybody looking for a memory free mono running line that allows the angler to cast further and have a light sensitive touch to the fly. OPST Pure Skagit Lazar Line is our finest running line available.

User Note: If you where to step on your mono running line getting a nick in it (this mostly applies to those wearing studs), just cut off a foot or so below the damaged section, tie a new double surgeons loop (super easy) and loop-to-loop back onto your Commando Head. This process may happen on the river and takes a maximum of 5 minutes. Good news is you have 50 meters of running line! We typicality re-spool with fresh mono every two to three seasons depending on use and care. Greatest feature of mono running line is you can simply peel off the damaged sections, cut, re-knot, good to go!

50 meters comes already spooled on your reel
Hydrophobic
Exceptional durability
Consistent performance in hot and cold conditions
No permanent memory at any temperature
High visibility
Ties beautiful knots
Calculated stretch- high knot strength

We Spool on the running line for you!

 

OPST 12′ SINK TIP – “Riffle Series” 96 grain / S2/3

  • RAND NEW! OPST now offers dual density Commando Tips, completing your Pure Skagit system from hook to reel. This Tip is 12 feet long to enhance stick/water load and prevent blown anchors, (making it easier to cast for beginners).
  • “Dual Density”: today’s answer to yesterdays technological imperfections. You will notice that the designation on your OPST sink tip is  S2/3, meaning the back half of the line is a Type 2 (2 inches per second), and the front half is a Type 3 (3 inches per second). the front tip sinks more than the back, hence the name “dual density” This produces a straighter sink to the fly. (standard level sink tips tend to sink with a sagging belly in the middle) OPST tips are the answer to this technical imperfection .
  • OPST tips come with strong welded loops at both ends for easy rigging. The rear ends come with color-coded line IDs to identify both grain weight and sink rate. 96 Grains are looped with Yellow.

 

6ft MAXIMA LEADER: 8lb

10lb moss green Maxima might be bit large for trout in a clear water scenario but 10lb will have the necessary diameter give turnover larger heavier trout flies i.e the Dali Lama fly. Also, if your just beginning your spey cast learning, 10lb is less likely to tangle up as apposed to a thin diameter i.e 6lb Maxima.
We tie the loop for so all you need to do is loop-to-loop to your OPST Sink Tip and tie on a fly and get to fishing.

20lb Backing

all you need to do is select “Right or Left Hand Retrieve” in the drop down on our online store below and we spool the backing on the reel for you. That simple

To check out on our online store CLICK HERE

  • Redington Chromer Spey Packages Coming Soon!

If your looking for more exclusive Package Deals keep checking our blog or our online store, we are currently assembling our top picks and more packages will be available very soon!

THANKS!

 

PROMO DISCOUNTS – SAGE – Fly Rods & Reel

 

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SAGE PULSE – single hand rods: *FAST ACTION*. Whether your a dry fly fisherman or the die hard steelhead swinger.       $450.00 Save: 15% off = $552.50

Trout Fishing From a Drift Boat/Smaller Rivers: 5wt 8′ 6″ (586-4 PULSE) built to cast a wide variety of fly sizes and weights makes it a great rod for wade fishing for trout. Because of the shorter length the 8′ 6″ inch is the perfect length for drift boat fishing, specifically so, pounding the bank with streamers and large terrestrials/simulators.

Trout Dry Flies and Nymphing: 4wt 9′ (490-4 PULSE) A light and versatile trout rod, for dry flies and smaller nymphs.

*Trout: 5wt 9′ (590-4 PULSE) Sage’s most versatile and *most popular rod model*. Handles trout flies of nearly any size and lines of varying densities.

Trout Streamers/Big Bass Bugs: 6wt 9′ ( 690-4PULSE) A streamer junkie’s favorite, this rod has enough power to cast big streamers or bass bugs all day. The 691-4 PULSE is saltwater-ready with an anodized aluminum reel seat.

Steelhead/Larger Saltwater Species: 8wt 9′ (890-4 PULSE) Great steelhead rod that will throw larger sinking leaders and flies, as well as the nymph rigs. The 8wt is the go-to saltwater model. Able to effectively present flies and handle the fight with bonefish, redfish, striped bass, largemouth bass or other similarly-sized species. Best option for steelhead nymph fishing out of a boat.

Steelhead Streamers and Nymphing: 8wt 9′ 6″ (896-4 PULSE) for anglers fishing heavy, sinking lines or heavy, multiple-fly nymphing rigs to anadromous species. The added lenght give more mending control and added distance to your cast.

Trout Stillwater Chironomid/Big River Trout Streamers: 5wt 9′ 6″ (596-4 PULSE) A slightly longer five-weight to aid in casting distance and line control (better mending capabilities) when fishing for trout. The 596-4 PULSE is great for big river fishing, nymphing and stillwater situations when fishing chironomid rigs using extra long leaders. Also, the rods extra length adds distance to your cast.

Trout Euro Nymphing: 3wt 10′ (3100-4 PULSE) is a European-style nymphing rod that allows anglers to fish a variety of long and short line techniques with varying fly sizes. This is a go-to Euro rod.

Steelhead Steamer or Nymphing/Large Trout Stillwater Chironomid: 7wt 10′ (7100-4 PULSE) offers the greatest line control (mending capabilities) of all 7-weights. Due to the exceptional length you have incredible mending capability in rivers and distance casts are lengthened on lakes or bigger rivers. Will make for great summer steelhead rod. Consider the 10ft for its incredible mending capabilities allowing the angler to work a fly or indicator rig through tricky riffles and runs. If fishing lakes with long leaders like many Chironomid fisherman of British Columbia who at times may fish tapered leaders up to 20ft these longer rods get the lift you need for such a task.

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SAGE PULSE – two handed Spey/Switch rods: *FAST ACTION*        $650.00 save: 15% off = $552.50

Trout: 3WT 11′ 0″(3110-4 PULSE) a Trout Spey rod designed specifically for two handed casting and swinging flies for trout. Ideal for swinging streamers to trout with Skagit lines and light sink-tips. Target grain weight: 250. this 3WT switch is equivalent to about a 6 wt single handed rod due to the leverage of the longer rod.

Steelhead – Summer and smaller winter rivers: 6WT 12′ 6″ (6126-4 PULSE) Ideally suited for a multitude of steelhead, light salmon, and big trout and works well with Scandi, Skagit, or Traditional spey lines. Excellent rod for rivers like the Grande Ronde, WA.

Steelhead – *All-round summer and winter*: 7WT 13′ (7130-4 PULSE) BEST all-round rod. 7130-4 PULSE Spey is a go-to choice for anglers chasing anadromous species on the swing. From Skagit lines and intruders for winter steelhead to Traditional spey lines and classic flies for summer steelhead.

Steelhead – Winter: 8WT 13′ 6″ (8136-4 PULSE) *Go to winter steelhead* angler has an ideal rod in the 8136-4 PULSE Spey. Big fish, heavy sinking tips and big rivers. Able to handle the unique demands that anadromous species require.

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SAGE MOTIVE       $450.00 save: 15% off = $382.50

single handed rods: *MEDIUM FAST ACTION* a little easier to cast for anglers who may not have quite developed the strength/technique to load stiffer fast action rods and are enabled to cast all day due to its light weight. The MOTIVE has the capabilities of casting distance and powering through the wind without the broomstick feel of modern “fast action” rods. Best yet at a friendly price. Here’s the line up…

Trout/Coastal Cutthroat/Bass/Smaller Saltwater Species: 6wt 9′ (990-4 MOTIVE) best all-round trout rod. Handles fast-sinking lines and packs enough power for big permit and snook, striped bass and around here in the Northwest, the 6wt is the pick of the litter for Coastal Cutthroat beach fishing.

Trout/Coastal Cutthroat/Salmon/other Salt Water Species: 7wt 9′ (790-4 MOTIVE) though still a great pick for freshwater trout fishing the 7WT is the best all-round saltwater species rod. Applications are many: bonefish, redfish, salmon, sea trout. For here in the Northwest, these 7wt’s are the go to for all salmon, summer steelhead, and an essential tool for beach fishing for coastal Cutthroat when the afternoon winds decide to pick up.

Salmon/Steelhead/Medium to Larger Saltwater Species: 8wt 9′ (890-4 MOTIVE)The most versatile and popular of the MOTIVE family, the 890-4 is ready for action in a multitude of fisheries. Built to handle large flies and lines, the rod can do battle with bonefish, permit, snook, baby tarpon, striped bass and salmon/steelhead.

Largest of Salmon/ Big Saltwater Species: 9wt 9′ (990-4 MOTIVE) handles fast-sinking lines and packs enough power for big permit and snook, striped bass and more.

Go to Tarpon rod: 11wt 9ft (1190-4 MOTIVE) 11 weight rods are becoming the go-to size for tarpon.

 For the big boys: 12wt 9ft (1290-4 MOTIVE) is strong enough for any tarpon or GT.

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SAGE 2200 SERIES       $129.00 save: 15% off = starting at $109. 65

This is a large arbor with rugged machined die-cast frame, generous concave spool surface, whisper-smooth carbon drag and unexpected finishing touches like its fully machined drag knob and handle, the 2200 gives you high quality tools without the costly expense of a fully machined aluminum and anodized frame and spool. available in 3 flavors: Black Platinum / Black Blaze / Black Lime (in reel sizes: 3-4 / 5-6 / 7-8 / 9-10. From a lightest weight 3-4 (4 7/8oz)  to the heaviest in lineup 9-10 (7 13/16oz).

For check out, all items are available online Closeouts and Bargains / rods and reels... If you have any questions about availability or if you have questions about pairing up a rod, reel, backing, line or for any other questions always feel free to call our shop (hours Mon-Sat 9:30am – 6:30pm / Sun 11:00am – 5:00pm)

 

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Shank Chuck Tool – OPST

 

OPST Shank Chuck Tool:  A solid pinch/grip on the very tag end (approx a 1/4 of a cm) of this 2″, 51mm OPST Steelhead Shank.

OPST Shank Chuck Tool: Easily secure shanks into vise. You have seen it (or a prototype of it) in OPST fly tying videos. You have called and emailed and asked about it. And now it’s here: the OPST Shank Chuck Tool. It took OPST a long time to dial this one in. The challenge was first, to make a tool that would fit with just about any vise on the planet. They succeeded in doing just that. The second challenge was finding a tool that can secure both shanks and some tubes- by unscrewing the chuck housing, you can flip the inner chuck one way for shanks and the other way for tubes. Another surprising feature is this Tube Chuck, which clamps down evenly around the circumference of the tube (only holds Large 1/8 OD tubes such as HMH Rigid Tubes) and does not crush or mar the tube body. Once clamped into the chuck the tube does not spin out of place, even as the tyer makes consecutive outward pulling thread wraps. We were a little apprehensive at the cost of such a tool but can say the chuck is surprisingly secure and extremely easy to adjust. It’s a brainless tool. And yes, the chuck tool secures into any vise you clamp it into.

The chuck will hold shanks down to OPST Micro Shanks, which are 0.90mm in diameter. Tube adapter inner diameter: 2mm.

Click Here for Online Checkout – OPST Shank Chuck Tool

Easily disassembled. Just unscrew and flip the inner chuck (center of pic) when transitioning from shank to tube (scroll to picture below)

 

Flip the inner chuck for tube fly use. Fits Large Tubes such as HMH Rigid Tubes 1/8 OD.

 

Close Up: the four fine cut teeth attributes to the chucks sure grip onto those slippery metal shanks.

 

Chicone’s Barred Regular Rubber Legs – Hareline Dubbin

A Hareline Dubbing Product – Chicone’s Barred Regular Crusher Legs. These are translucent silly legs with specs/bars of contrasting color for your crab, prawn, or even your baitfish flies.

Although they look bright in the package, when you separate the individual silicone legs they are actually very translucent with light barring which is very different from most other legs on the market that are a solid color or barred black. The clear barred legs were designed to look more natural in the water, revealing only a scant amount of barred color for attracting attention over a light colored bottom or sand. The Olive, Tan and Orange are perfect for emulating tiny crustaceans hiding amongst the grass and mangrove root on the flats. The UV Reactive dye used to create the rubber legs give these flies a very unique and realistic appearance in the water.

For steelhead intruders (Hint, hint.) Try these in a Squidro/sili leg intruder. A bright color dubbing abdomen body glows through the sili leg cluster, like a translucent squid with glowing innards, the pulsating color contrast really pops in the water.

 

Chicone’s Rubbers Legs seem to have a pretty cool translucent effect in the water.

 

Comes in a multitude of Vivid colors. Picture does not do justice

Spey Fishing for Winter Steelhead 2017

It’s that time of the year again where you get all pysched up, buy your plane tickets, hotels, etc to go stand in the cold rain praying that this year you’ll finally hook up with a steelhead.

 

Some things that can seriously increase those odds:

Guided Trips. This is the fastest way to learn a river, learn what you’ve been doing wrong all these years, and maybe even get your first glimpse at hooking up. If nothing else you can spend the next week fishing hard and with confidence becuase at least your doing the right thing.

Cant swing a guided trip?

Take a spey casting class or even better the fishing class if you’ve got the basics down. At a fraction of the price you get a crash course of how to be more effective, and again, that confidence thing can be a game changer.

You dont need a new rod to catch a fish. The benefits of new rods are that they are generally lighter and more powerful which means more water time with out getting as tired. If you’ve only got a week to fish and want to fish every legal second, it can be a nice investment.

Best bargain spey rod: Redington Chromer

Top of the line spey rod: Burkheimer or Sage X

For reels, you need something with a good drag that wont freeze up in cold temps, won’t backspin on you, and absorbs the shock of a fast take.

Best bang for the buck: Lamson Guru HD

Top of the line spey reel: Einnarsson Invictus

We’re generally fishing skagit heads with T8 to T14 sink tips (10ft-12.5ft) and 2-4 feet of  10-15lbs maxima as tippet.

Skagit heads: Rio Skagit Heads or Airflo FIST Head

Flies: John Aleveras Suskwa poacher if you can only buy one.

It’s an especially cold winter so far, so make sure to layer up. The best layering for socks, long undies and under shirts we’ve found is Woolpower. Puts Patagonia, Simms, Smartwool, etc to shame. Winter Steelhead on a Snowy Day

 

 

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 2 years of Abuse

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Olympic Peninsula, Wa. December 14, 2016

 

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 800 miles later

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 800 miles later

Simms G3 Guide Boot: 2 Years of Abuse

(for the down and dirty review just browse through pictures and scroll to the bottom and look for the Recap)

The rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula are perfect proving grounds for today’s “latest and greatest” products as they are tested in the extremes of constant moisture and continuous abuse. We are always fishing harder and pushing farther in search for anadromous fish and rely heavily on our gear too take the brunt of this devout persistence. This is a review of such a case.

The Test Subject: The owner of these boots happens to be a local and good friend of ours who by nature is a swing junky and fishes the OP every chance he gets. About 200 days a year. Fishing mainly the mornings in the winter and summer then driving his beater high gas mileage Subaru Forester back to Port Angeles for work in the late afternoon. Living the dream… He weighs 200lbs 6′ 1″ and hikes/wades faster and farther than anybody I know. During outings, on average he may put 2 to 8 hard earned miles into each trip. With much of that over grapefruit sized river-rock and bushwhacking dense rain forest terrain. To be fair, using a low median of only 2 miles per trip that puts these boots well over 800 miles! I almost want to lower that number to make it more believable, but then this blog would only be partially correct.

The disclaimer would have to be that this is only one pair from one individual.

Before and After

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Fresh out of the box

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Felt bottoms did not peel or come off!… but you should replace your felt bottoms way before this happens… just saying

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Laces have been replaced multiple times throughout the life of these boots

When looking for a durable boot we usually consider a few factors.

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Toe guard failure after (approx mile 600) Not bad though

1a: Seam Strength: anywhere material is glued (such as the toe guard pic 1a) is always prone to peeling, few manufactures get this right. Though this did come unglued toe guard held as it should and with signs of separation around (approx) mile 600. Not bad

1b: TPU Fabric (Thermoplastic Polyurethane): At or just above where the toe flexes is a pressure point and common tear/failure location for many boots we see. Many fail at this wrinkle point. For this pair the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane 1b) held up as it was claimed to by Simms. It did not separate or crack, nor was it so stiff as too tear or cause seam separation where the TPU meets the soft leather.

1c:  Minimal corrosion on all metal lace eyelets and lacing hooks. (boot laces have been replaced 4 times) Also, an important highlight, none of the lace eyelets came undone, broke, or pulled out of the boot.

If you ever have owned a pair of wading boots and had one of these pop or brake on you while lacing up at the river you know how disappointing it can be. They are still firmly in place even after all those miles. This fact must not be over looked and greatly appreciated.

 

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These metal “double hole” boot hooks held nicely w/ superb abrasion resistance, minimal corrosion and no signs of detachment

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points of high abrasion

2a: Material Durability: On our OP rivers its not uncommon for us to stand or cross through fast riffles, which requires us to wedge our feet between two or three rocks, locking into place, in order to avoid being swept down stream. This puts massive amounts of wear on materials notably around the lower outer sides of the boot.

2b: This location receives continuous amounts of abuse and abrasion while walking and the meeting point of these two joining materials held up superbly! No evidence of peeling.

2c:  Threads have worn away around points of abrasion. (Which is expected after all those miles) What we don’t want is for threads to pop at those “pressure points” we keep mentioning. Simms got it right when they put the side stitching high and up above the abrasion line. Notice how there are no threads in this concerning area. (the threads in the ankle support are counter sunk, circled in the next picture).

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Score on the counter sunk threads! also notice the heal guard is textured incidentally adding traction when wedging feet between rocks

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by minimizing the amount of side seams and by putting stitching above the abrasion line, threads/seams tend to last much longer

Can you AquaSeal your stitching? yes, but you will render the Warranty and some agree doing this will ruin the ascetic appeal. Also, unless you keep up on resealing those threads, eventually they will wear out. All in all the threads Simms used seem to of held up moderately well to our expectation. 

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Say AHHH. No signs of significant wear. Always ensure your gravel guards are pulled down and hooked to your laces.

5a: The neoprene lining shows no signs of significant wear in this high friction point. (I have yet to see this location showing extreme signs of wear from a “properly fitted boot” so if you have worn this location out then either you need to find a more correctly sized boot, or just always remember to pull down your gravel guards!)

Comfort and Support. These boots are shaped beautifully, molded perfectly to the contours of the human ankle, so when you slide your foot into the boot its instant comfort and support. As this boot was “broken in” it became a little softer and flexible but did not loose any of its form fitting design and ankle support. After speaking to the owner of these boots he noted they were way more comfortable after they “broke in” and the comfort just got sweeter and sweeter.

(Personally most of us thought the ankle support was too much in the Simms Guide boot and restricted mobility much like that of a ski boot. But once this boot is officially “broken in” (maybe a dozen full day wade trips) the boot becomes very comfortable and gives a hiking and wading confidence as the Simms Guide boot design reinforces the ankle makes for a more sturdy footing in fast water.)

Recap:

  • TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) held up nicely stayed flexible, did not peel or crack.
  • Excellent placement of threads (i.e up high and or countersunk) and minimum seams
  • Great comfort and and sturdy ankle support that is beautiful once officially broken in and keeps getting better to the last day
  • Boot lace hooks and eyelets are corrosion resistant and did not pop out of place.
  • Felt bottoms did not peel off… (just check out the pic again to appreciate how well the felt sicks)

They say you can tell a fisherman’s story just by looking at the boots on his/her feet. These boots have seen the miles and tell of many cold hard- earned days searching for anadromous gold on the OP rivers.

Simms G3 Guide Boot: Vibram Tread w/ star cleat review. Coming Spring 2017

For inquiries call (360)417-0937 or to visit our online store WatersWest store

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Happy Trails!

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Chinook, Sockeye, Steelhead and Bull Trout in the Upper Elwha!!

Safe passage to the upper Elwha was previously blocked by a rockfall from the removal of the Glines Canyon dam, but was removed last fall. Fish have taken advantage of this removal and have now been confirmed by the Olympic National Park as having made it to the upper stretches of the Elwha!

“Fisheries biologists monitoring restoration of the Elwha River and ecosystem recently confirmed that adult Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, steelhead and bull trout have all passed upstream through both the former Elwha and Glines Canyon dam sites to reach the upper Elwha River.”

You can read the whole news release here!

https://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/news/fish-continue-to-recolonize-elwha-watershed.htm

Awesome news!

 

Whiting Saddles and Capes

With the winter tying season on its way it’s time to start picking through your fly boxes and filling in the empty spaces. Whether you’re tying classic steelhead flies or a Parachute Adams, chances are you’re going to need hackle and a lot of it. We here at Waters West highly recommend checking out our selection of Whiting’s capes and saddles. The benefit of purchasing a whole cape or saddle isn’t just that you get a large amount of feathers, but also a large variety of sizes to choose from. That way you can tie a #14 stimulator and a steelhead intruder with the same saddle.

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Top: Sol Duc Spey (tied by Sean Dalquhist) Middle: Isabella Spey (Tied by John Alevras) Bottom: Winters Hope (Tied by John Alevras)

Whitings “American Rooster Capes” are everything you’re looking for when it comes to tying classic steelhead flies. We offer a large variety of colors and styles of these capes including grizzly, badger, black laced white and solid colors. All of these styles make beautiful wings on flies like the Winters Hope, Isabella Spey, and Sol Duc Spey. The same feather that’s used on the wing can also be used as the hackle or collar on the same fly. They also tie in surprisingly easily so even an inexperienced tier can tie some beautiful feather wing patterns with a little practice.

Not only are they great for steelhead flies, but they are perfect for small tails on trout flies. The fibers stick straight off the back of the hook and are stiff enough that they won’t foul up around the bend of the hook. These hackles have also been the feather of choice for tying tails on saltwater patterns such as Lefty’s Deceiver. They’re stiff enough that they don’t constantly foul up, and their translucence helps it look like a natural bait fish under the surface.

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Whiting’s “High and Dry” saddles are a fly tyers dream! When it comes to tying intruder wings or camo squids these feathers are exactly what you’re looking for. They’re long, soft, webby and come in an incredible variety of colors. Tied in as a tail these feathers explode in the water with pulsation and movement and are still extremely durable. You don’t have to worry about their fibers falling off in the current or tips breaking after a few smacks on the rocks.The pointy tips also make them great for wings on smaller summer flies such as a Silver Hilton or Orange Summer Run.

Not only are these saddles great for steelhead tying but they are perfect for any of your trout flies. The large variety of colors and fiber lengths makes it easier to customize your dry flies to your exact specifications while still being able to use the same saddle for any of your streamers and nymphs. They wrap in wonderfully to make a great bugger hackle or even for nymph legs such as a bitch creek special.

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You can find all of these capes and saddles on our website! Click here to check them out.

 

 

 

 

Hoh is closed!

Just a reminder that the Hoh is currently closed.

We’ve had quite a few good fishing reports from the Hoh, but it is indeed closed. It’s scheduled to reopen on Sept 1 2016 – Oct 10 2016.

 

Argus Pheasant Tails and Wings

Argus Pheasant secondary wings and tails are one of the prettiest feathers that you’ll ever find in a fly shop. They’re huge, covered in beautiful spots and stripes, and also fairly difficult to find. They are very well known throughout he Atlantic salmon fly tying community because of there stripes and spots, but also they marry very well to almost any feather. Happily, we now have Argus whole wing and tails pairs. The pairs that we received are in great shape and they are at a hard to beat price! And to top it off we also have them available in 2″ paired sections. So if your worried about dropping the ball on getting a whole tail or wing pair, you can get a small piece to give it a test drive. There are 3 options for these smaller packs including tail pieces, and secondary wing pieces. The wing pieces are available with fibers ranging from 2.5 – 3.5 inches, or 4 – 5 inches.

2 inch pieces

The tail sections have fibers that range from 2 to 3.5 inches long. This makes them plenty long enough for your Atlantic salmon flies, but also not too long that they couldn’t be used for muddler wings. When it comes to married wings these tail feathers will marry to just about any other fibers you’re using. They are great for adding separation and contrast between brighter colors, and also very easily tie down to the shank without folding over.

Argus Tail Pair

The secondary wing feathers have a much more complex design of stripes and colorful spots that follow the entire length of the stem. An entire wing on a salmon fly made from these fibers look incredible. They also marry to just about anything like the tail feather. The length of its fibers can range anywhere from 2 inches up to 5 inches which allows you to cover a larger amount of hook sizes and styles making it the overall perfect feather for you classic Atlantic salmon and steelhead flies.

Argus Secondary Wing