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.
Jeffrey Delia at Waters West for a free BEACH AND LAKE fly tying demo!
Saturday May 21st @ 1pm!
Jeffrey is a well known fly tyer, developing flies that are not just pretty but EFFECTIVE. Our personal go to for beach fishing is almost always the conehead squid created by Mr. Delia himself.
With the possibility of closures looming, beach and lake fishing may be a safe bet this summer, and
this is a great demo to attend for those who don’t even tie. The man has tons of info on not only beach fishing, but lake fishing as well, AND HE WANTS TO SHARE.
It’s hard to come by a genuinely well informed person who is willing to divulge info that took him a lifetime to cultivate, you wont want to miss it.
It’s FREE! Hit the farmers market before hand, wonder around downtown and swing on by 1pm for some quality information and tying demo.
This was such a blast last time that we had to do it again. Trevor is stopping back by the shop on Tuesday May 10th @ 5:30 to put on another tying demo. Hope to see you there!
Jeffrey Delia is our local beach fishing expert, whether it’s sea-run cutts or returning salmon he knows the flies, the tides, and the attitude it takes to become a proficient catcher. However, around here he is probably most widely known for his extremely effective pattern “Delia’s Cone-head Squid.”
Delia has agreed to put on a series of classes here at Waters West that you won’t want to miss. First, on May 21st he will do a demo at our weekly FREE Fly tying demo that occurs every Saturday here at the shop @ 1pm. It’ll be a teaser for his upcoming tying class the next week.
After you get a taste of how much knowledge this guy has, AND IS WILLING TO SHARE, you’ll want to sign up for his “Estuary and Saltwater Fly Tying Class for Sea-run Cutthroat Trout and returning Pacific Salmon.” on May 28th.
THEN! Yes, there is more. Delia is putting on a BEACH FISHING class right in front of Waters West on June 11th at the new beach area across street from us.
If you’ve been wanting to expand your fishing opportunites, this is a great way to do it. Beach fishing for cutthroat is open year-round, and largely untapped in our area. So swing on by on the 21st and get a preview of what all the hype is about.
Check out Delias Beach Fishing Class details here
Check out Delias Fly Tying Class details here
Sign up online or in the shop!
We’ve got some more Spey Class dates! These classes fill up quick, so jump on it.
- Sunday Jan 10th 2016
- Saturday Jan 30th 2016
- Saturday Feb 13th 2016
Place: Either the Elwha under the Pedestrian Bridge or on a West End river.
Fly Tying Courses!
Our Steelhead Fly Tying Course is getting full fast, but we’ve still got spots open for both the 3-530pm and 6-830pm class time
These are 3 class courses that cover a wide variety of techniques and flies to provide a foundation for future tying endeavors. We offer a Beginners Course and a Steelhead Course, and both will leave you with effective flies for the OP and beyond.
Get more info by clicking here!
We’ve also got some free stuff happening!
We’re putting on free tying demos every Saturday starting Jan 9th, 2016 at 10am. It’ll mostly be Waters West staff with a few special guests sprinkled in here and there.
We are also doing Open Tie Nights every Tuesday starting Jan 5th, 2016 from 6-8. This is a BYOStuff event. Whatever you want to tie, no instruction, just hanging out and tying after hours with good people and probably some beverages. Note that the shop closes at 6:30 for ordinary folk, but we’ll keep the cash register open for those tying 😉
We’re getting into the busy season here, and we’ve got quite a few events planned for the next few months!
First off, the boys at OPST are coming to the shop on Dec 19th @ 1pm do a free tying demo! Not something you’ll want to miss. And we’ll have free beer. If you want good beer you’ll have to bring your own, but should be a good time. If you haven’t seen any of their videos yet, you should.
We’ve got one more Spey Casting Class for 2015 on Dec 12th with only one more spot available. So make your move if you want to join! (360) 417-0937
Otherwise we’ve got a bunch of new classes, both fishing and tying, coming up for 2016! Here is what we’re looking for January and February!
Spey Casting Classes
Learn to spey cast on a local river in this full day class. You’ll meet up with head guide Curt Reed at either the Elwha or one of the West End rivers and learn all of the basics, or fine tune your current casts! We provide the rods and reels, but feel free to bring your own. You will need to bring a lunch and your waders.
Time : 9-3ish
Place: Elwha River under the Pedestrian Bridge off of Crown Z Road in Port Angeles
Dates: December 12th 2015, January 9th 2016, January 30th, February 13th
FREE Tying Demo on Saturdays
Stop on by the shop to pick up some new tips and tricks for tying or a demo of our hottest patterns! Every Saturday will be something different from dubbing loops, palmering hackles, UV products, and splitting and wrapping feathers.
Date: Saturdays starting January 9th
Fly Tying Course
Three classes per course. Both the Beginner and Steelhead course will teach a variety of tying techniques giving you the foundation you need to tie whatever your heart desires, and you’ll walk away with flies that are tried and true for the fish of the Olympic Peninsula!
Time:@ 3-5:30 or 6-8:30
Dates: Beginner Classes: Wednesdays January 6th, 13th, and 20th 2016
Steelhead Classes: Thursdays January 7th, 14th, and 21st 2016
Cost: $60 for the three classes including the materials!
Give us a call, send an email, or go online to sign up for any of these!