ECHO ION XL 8wt – steelhead, salmon

Retail Items = $349.80 / Your Cost = $299.95   

Always feel free to call us @ (360) 417 – 0937 to order / Store hours: 9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Sat / closed Sundays during the summer

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* quality steelhead, salmon set-up at the best price on the market. In our shop and for our large anadromous species the ION XL is our best selling rod for the value

THE QUICK BITE

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Fly Rod: ECHO ION XL 8wt 9″, a Med-fast action rod which suits casters who may need a rod capable of handling heavier flies but don’t partiality like the stiffer “Fast-Action” rods… or cant afford them. This Medium-Fast action is best for novice casters but of course has got the backbone for those of you who’ve developed a powerful cast. The 8wt were designed for trout, steelhead, salmon, permit and bonefish. These rods are saltwater resistant and our top pick for the value.

Fly Line: RIO GOLD. A true all-round line which is heavier thus making it easy to load the rod (just means it casts easier). Will throw sinking leaders, nymph rigs and great for dry’s/skaters… seriously it’s known as one of the best all-round fly lines to-date.

Reel: LAMSON LIQUID Our best selling low cost reel, we’ve sold many and own these reels personally. We’ve put them through guided seasons, fished them in the salt, steelhead, salmon, trout these reels are the ultimate in “gets the job done”.

We’ve assembled this 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 fly fishing gear. ECHO ION 8wt is a great launching pad for today’s angler looking for a premo package ready to fish.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 1EACH OF THESE ITEMS:

ECHO ROD- ION-XL 890 (9ft 8wt)
LAMSON Reel – Liquid 3.5
Rio Fly Line – Gold WF8wt
Rio Tapered Leader – Powerflex Trout
100 yrds of 20lb backing
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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Spey Casting Classes

The Art of Spey Casting

30 years experience, Jedi Master Dave Steinbaugh (owner of waters west) showing us how its done

SEE DATES AND AVAILABILITY

Always feel free to call us @ (360) 417 – 0937  to book a date / Store hours: 9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Sat / closed Sundays during the summer

Details

Cost: $95.00
Time: 9am-3pm
Dates: see our Calendar
Place: We will meet either at the Elwha River under the Pedestrian Bridge off of Crown Z Road in Port Angeles, or at the Puffin Bar and Grill in Forks. Location varies depending on weather, class size, and time of year. You can generally expect to be in Forks in Winter and on the Elwha in Summer.

This full day class takes place on the water where you will learn the essential concepts of spey casting, as well as of the major casts from both sides of the river.

What to expect: Our classes focus on the fishing during the season the class is held. Our focus in our summer classes is on dry line techniques for summer steelhead and the focus in our winter and spring classes is on casting and fishing sink tips and heavy flies for winter steelhead. Even though the focus in on the techniques used in the season of the class, we also go over sink tip fishing in the summer classes and dry line techniques and lines in our winter classes. We will discuss and have available the many different Scandi and Skagit heads that make learning to spey cast so much easier than it used to be. Additional topics include reading water, run timing, fly selection and more.

 

 

 

(Head Guide/instructor Curt Reed, Spey Class-Fall 2015) We’ve been on the spey scene since 1980 developing tried and true methods for teaching spey. All of the instructors at Waters West have many years experience fishing, guiding and providing instructional classes to the sportsman community of the Olympic Peninsula.

 

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Redington Chromer – Summer Steelhead

Retail Items = $620.70 / Your Cost = $529.00

Always feel free to call us @ (360) 417 – 0937 to order / Store hours: 9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Sat / closed Sundays during the summer

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also available REDINGTON CHROMER – Winter Steelhead Package

* Comes with the whole kit and caboodle! Build with summer steelhead in mind, this is a high quality rod package at the lowest price point on the market. *

THE QUICK BITE

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Spey Rod: Redington-Chromer, a true fast action rod capable of busting out high line speeds. Great for anglers who’ve developed a taste for “Fast Action” rods. For the value, the Chromer is hard to beat.

Reel: Redington – Behemoth Reel Our number one selling reel “friendly priced” for steelhead. Practical, reliable and aesthetically pleasing. Balances well with the Chromer rod.

Shooting/Running Line: OPST LAZAR LINE, most popular and our personal favorite. A running line that is virtually memory free, low stretch and super slick for longer casts hence the name “Lazar” line

Shooting Head: Rage Compact. A best seller. Our pick for a summer line most casters can use. It’s shorter and heavier summer line. More of a cross between Scandi and Skagit heads. With a polyleader, will throw Itsy-bitsy spey flies and still capable of handling a light sink tip and medium-large (slightly weighted) fly.

Polyleader: Airflow Polyleader. Offers a smoother transition from the shooting head to the fly. The polyleader is great for turning over bulky and heavy wind resistant flies like Bombers or Muddlers

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES 1EACH OF THESE ITEMS:

Redington – 7126 Chromer 12′ 6″ or 7136 Chromer 13′ 6″
Redington – Behemoth Reel
Airflow – Rage Compact 420gr
OPST – Lazar Running Line – 35lb
Airflo – Polyleader 14ft FLOAT
Maxima – 1 spool of 8lb tippet
Backing – 150 yrds 30lb

New for 2017 Redington Chromer. We’ve assembled our top two summer steelhead picks for the avid angler looking to hit the water without having to wade through the muddy confusion associated with today’s world of Spey. We’ve done our best to simplify your process of deciding which rod and what line. With the correct balance of grains and running line, The Redington Chromer spey rod coupled with the Redington Behemoth reel is a great launching pad for any angler looking for a premo summer steelhead package ready to fish.

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REDINGTON CHROMER – Winter Steelhead package

 

Retail Items = $621.75 / Your Cost = $529.00

Always feel free to call us @ (360) 417 – 0937 to order / Store hours: 9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Sat / closed Sundays during the summer

Online Store

also available, REDINGTON CHROMER  – summer steelhead package

* Comes with the whole kit and caboodle! We built this package with winter steelhead in mind, this is a high quality rod package at the lowest price point on the market. *

THE QUICK BITE

full package details at bottom of this blog – click “MORE”

Spey Rod: Redington-Chromer, a true fast action rod capable of busting out high line speeds. Great for anglers who’ve developed a taste for “Fast Action” rods. For the value, the Chromer is hard to beat.

Reel: Redington – Behemoth Reel Our number one selling reel “friendly priced” for steelhead. Practical, reliable and aesthetically pleasing. Balances well with most any rod.

Shooting/Running Line: OPST LAZAR LINE, most popular and our personal favorite. A running line that is virtually memory free, low stretch and super slick for longer casts hence the name “Lazar” line

Shooting Head: RIO SKAGIT MAX. A best seller. Our pick for a winter line most casters can use. Will throw the heaviest of weighted flies and sink tips.

Sink Tip: RIO MOW TIP. Offers a smooth transition from the shooting head to the fly. Great for turning over bulky and heavy wind resistant flies like intruders.

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Redington Hydrogen – Trout Spey Package

Retail Items = $570.80 / Your Cost = $494.00

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THE QUICK BITE

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Switch Rod: Redington-Hydrogen, a super light rod with less swing weight and incredibly sensitive. These rods are sweet and hard to beat for the price

Reel: Redington – Behemoth Reel Our number one selling reel “friendly priced” for steelhead. Practical, reliable and aesthetically pleasing. Balances well with the Chromer rod.

Shooting/Running Line: OPST LAZAR LINE, most popular and our personal favorite. A running line that is virtually memory free, low stretch and super slick for longer casts hence the name “Lazar” line

Shooting Head: OPST COMMANDO. A best seller. Our pick for a line that does jsut about anything you ask of it. We have been using these head for a few years now and have found that most anybody can cast them, they throw large streamers like a pro and land softly (we often fish these line in the upper reaches of the olympic Penisnula… those are extreme low and clear conditions. Capable of handling a floating to light sink tip and medium-large (slightly weighted) fly.

TIP: OPST COMMANDO SINK TIP. At 12 in length Offers a smooth transition from the shooting head to the fly. Great for turning over bulky and heavy wind resistant flies like Sculpzilla’s and Dali Lama’s.(those are just large/heavy flies)… Think of a fat wet hamster on the end of your leader.

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 for 3113-47/8 for 4116-4

OPST – Commando Head – 250gr

OPST – Lazar Running Line – 35lb

OPST – Sink Tip – Riffle (96gr, S2/3)

Backing – 100 yrds 20lb

Leader – 6ft Maxima 8lb

* Bonus* 1 Dozen Flies – Consisting of streamers and a few soft hackles that we have selected as our most productive trout patterns

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.

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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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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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.

  • First, its a tool that will fit in just about any vise on the planet. OPST succeeded in making a tool anybody can use.
  • Second, we 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 continuous 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.

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

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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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