Thanks/Support for our Fly Shops!
With all of the challenges our steelhead fisheries are facing (BC as well), I wanted to provide something positive that I hope will galvanize our community.
I’ve been fishing for steelhead with a fly rod since the age of 11. I was a die hard fanatic as a middle schooler, following my dad around. I lived the good days. We’re now in a weird place though I’m hopeful things will turn around soon. I still fish every chance I get, I am sure I’m going to hook a fish on every cast, and I hope next year will be better than the last. I read everything I can about conservation and stewardship, everyday.
I wanted to draw attention to some wonderful things I see and experience as an avid steelheader, despite these difficult times.
I love my local fly shops and I go out of my way to support them, especially in light of these low return years. I grew up in Oregon and have always been a fan of Deschutes Angler. Full disclosure, I’m not a friend or family member of John or Amy but they are absolute stewards of the Deschutes. I appreciate their newsletters, I appreciate the reports on the White River, I appreciate that I can wear my waders in the store, I love to chat with John when he’s in. They work hard to keep the river clean and support organizations that do the same. I’ve never been on a guided trip with them but I’ve seen their guys pick up garbage and they have rock solid ethics. Maupin is a small town with wonderful people and I just like being there.
I now live in Seattle and do my local shopping at Avid Angler. They have one of the last fly shops in Seattle. Ryan is a steward of the Puget Sound Rivers and just always a pleasure to chat with. The guys in the shop take time to remember my name, they are always friendly, honest about conditions, they take new people out and teach them how to cast (shadow cast 🙂 or have in shop tying seminars (never been to one, but they bring people into the sport that may support it).
So there’s my shoutout to my local shops and people I see supporting the resource we all love so much. Go support them. Stop by their shops and buy a hat and some hooks. Order a full cape, buy a couple flies, order your dad a wading staff or supportive wading belt, get a stupid flat brimmed hat (and put a bend in it for old times sake) get yourself a nice shirt. They do so much to support the Steelhead, they bring people into the sport which turn into the next generation of our community, they go to state meetings to discuss conservation, they give a lot and we should all be thinking about them right now.
What shops or people do you appreciate?