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Not So Dirty Jersey

Be honest with yourself, the last thing that comes to mind when you think of New Jersey is quiet trout streams, beautiful rolling hills, and some really underrated fly fishing. Instead most people think of honking horns, obnoxious attitudes, and funny accents. I don't mean to burst everyone's bubble, but New Jersey is far from that especially if you know where to look. The state offers some excellent fly fishing with a very rich diversity of species. Do you like to catch trout? Well N...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: The Wally Wing

I am pretty sure that everyone loves a good wally wing mayfly. There is something about that style of wing that is part artistry and part super fishy! I know when I first saw a wally wing fly I thought there was no way I was ever going to be able to tie that. Turns out that will a little practice it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought. After playing around with wally wings for awhile I discovered that there is also a technique called a wonder wing. Now both of these tying techniques look v...

Industry News

Spring Cleaning in the Park

The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club (GGACC) lies tucked away in Golden Gate Park, discreetly hidden behind eucalyptus trees, across the road from the ever-popular bison paddock. Only a small sign that reads "Angler's Lodge" signals the turn into the parking lot. One must then climb up the hill to find the quaint little lodge and the three magnificent tournament casting ponds. The three casting ponds are each about 180 feet square and are filled to waist deep. They are o...

How-To

Why Every Fly Box Needs a Balanced Leech

You’re here reading this thinking, “what the heck is a balanced leech?” I’m sure you’re familiar with the prototypical leech pattern. However, the balance leech is somewhat of a special, almost miraculous fly. The difference between your ordinary, run of the mill leech pattern and the “sent straight from Jesus” balanced leech is the eye placement on the hook. This beautiful bloodsucker has its eye facing downward, at a 90 degree angle. Thus, when you ...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review : Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Pack

Hitting the water with all the right gear can make even the worst days better. With a wide array of fishing styles to choose from, it may be hard pinpointing which products will adequately suit your needs. Regardless of your fishing style, the Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Pack will suit your needs. In Gunnison, we are blessed to have (relatively) easy access to some amazing fisheries. A drive up the Taylor Canyon or along the Gunnison River can put you at some awesome fishing spots less tha...

How-To

Catching New Species

Over the past year, I've had the pleasure of catching a bunch of new species of fish. Many of them were on my bucket list fish that I finally struck off my list. One thing that virtually all fly fishermen have in common is the love of something new, so here are some tips to get that fish that's eluded you thus far off your list. Find out more about the species: This is probably the best piece of advice I can give, whether you're on the wiki page finding out about diet, or read...

Destination Travel

Fishing On The Edge Of The World

Winter steelhead in Haida Gwaii "are for the hardcore anglers who revel in a little pain," according to Epic Waters Angling (http://epicwatersangling.com). Having just spent a week at their Copper Bay Lodge on in Haida Gwaii, I can vouch for that sentiment. Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago about 80 miles west of Prince Rupert, Canada. "Haida Gwaii" means "Islands of the Haida People." The Haida people make up at le...

Media

Fishwest Spring Fair Announcement : Fly Shop 10th Anniversary

We are excited to announce this years spring fair will be a celebration of 10 years at the fly shop here in Utah. Normally we showcase a particular species but this year the focus is "all things fly fishing". We've put together a great schedule to portray our love for anything fly fishing. As usual we have some excellent presentations lined up but this year you will see more variety. Along with some great presentations from our favorite industry professionals we will be cooking ...

Destination Travel

Fishwest Travel - Destination Profile - Andros South Lodge



South Andros island is considered the Bonefishing Capital of the World by a majority of saltwater anglers. The south end of Andros island is home to an endless network of diverse flats, the opportunities are boundless. The staff at Fishwest leads a yearly trip down to the island in pursuit of the illusive monster Bonefish. This year we were fortunate enough to find Bonefish, Jacks, Barracuda and even had a couple shots at permit. Check out the page HERE for further details on this and m...

Stories

A Fly Fisherman's Best Friend


Seven years ago, I was browsing Kijiji (Canadian Craigslist) and came across a German Shepherd/Collie puppy wearing an orange and black vest, with the biggest puppy dog eyes I'd ever seen. Staring back at me through the screen was this big brown dummy, with ears too big for his head, dressed like Marty Mcfly from Back to the Future. In that moment I ordered myself a Pepsi Free and fell harder than Doc Brown did from the clock tower.
I arrived at this dingy old farm, with shing...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: Turneffe Crab

This crab is a great pattern when targeting the elusive Permit. It looks really crabby, has a ton of movement with the 8 rubber legs, and is a simple and fun tie. Even if you're not chasing Permit anytime soon, it's still a great looking pattern to have laying around. I hope you give this pattern a go. Materials: Hook - Saltwater Size 4 Eye - Plain Lead Dumbbell - Medium Thread - Veevus 8/0 Charteuse Boby - Furry Foam - Tan Wing - Deer Body Hair Legs - White R...

Stories

Fly Fishing, It's Kind of Like Fight Club

Now, if you haven't seen the movie Fight Club, you should. If you happen to be one of the few human beings who hasn't seen the movie there were only a few rules and the first two were the same rule, "You don't talk about flight club". Now, you may be wondering what the movie Fight Club has to do with Fly Fishing and the answer is nothing really. These thoughts I am about to let flow from my mind have mostly to do with the rule, "You don't talk about fight club&q...

Gear Reviews

Seeing A Whole New World: Polarized Sunglasses 101

Over the years of working in the fly shop people have always asked me the following question. "What is the most impactful piece of equipment for fly fishing? My response may be a surprise to some because its not a rod, reel, or line. My answer to that question is simple: quality sunglasses. That's right, a good set of polarized eyewear carries the biggest benefit you can invest in. For those who have ever fished in a pair of polarized lenses you are truly missing out. Having that...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Simms G4 Pro Hip Pack

I had started my bag career with a waist pack actually. It was a budget pack from a big box retailer, but it got the job done. As I started to get out on the water more and more it was time for a more serious bag. My research had shown that sling bags were all the rage and honestly they made a lot of sense to me. You could carry a decent amount of gear, keep it off your front half and still have it easily accessible for when you wanted to get at something. I ran a sling bag for around a seaso...

Destination Travel

Fishwest Travel: The Andros South Lodge 2018: Photo Essay

South Andros island is considered the Bonefishing Capital of the World by a majority of saltwater anglers. The south end of Andros island is home to an endless network of diverse flats, the opportunities are boundless. The Fishwest crew and our group of regulars made the pilgrimage down to Kemps Bay Feb 24th – March 3rd. The weather was phenomenal with plenty of calm mornings and bright sun! Bonefish were aplenty and guests had tons of shots at Cuda, Jacks & even a giant pair of permit...

How-To

Region Report: Colorado Rockies in Spring

Regardless of what the calendar says, spring time has arrived in Colorado. Warm temperatures have melted riverbanks and the water is warming up. Fish are taking notice to the shift and productive days are becoming more common once again. For anyone willing to take the trip, the Colorado Rockies have a lot to offer!
While fishing conditions are highly variable from valley to valley, there are some flies that are must-haves during this transitional season. First on the list is the Zebra...

Media

Letters from the Vice: Easy Listening for Coming Out of Hibernation

Most of us are deep in the middle of winter as opposed to the center of a river these days. Currently our days are short and nights are long with less than ideal temps that leave us reading about fishing, feverishly tying flies or just dreaming of that early spring day in your favorite river basking under that warm spring sun. Well here is one more avenue to keep that fishing itch at bay while looking forward to that first day back on the water. This Past summer I was introduced to pod casts ...

How-To

Bobbin' for Bulls

Those lucky enough to have experienced a bull trout on the end of their line know how wonderful these creatures are. One of my favorite experiences was having a monster bull clamp down onto a whitefish on the end of my line and drag it all over the pool. Once the bull released its shark-like grip, the whitefish used its last bit of strength to heave itself onto the shoreline, as to not end up at the bottom of the bull trout's gullet. I stood in awe as I witnessed a mouth bigger than my tw...

How-To

Fishing in Texas

Have you ever fished in Texas? If you haven't, you should look into it! As you may or may not know, I am a native Texan and currently reside here. I live in central Texas, just about an hour north of the Texas state capitol of Austin. I live in Belton which holds about 20,000 people.
Texas holds lots of species of fish and a so many of them are very overlooked. I was told once that "Texas only holds catfish", and that couldn't be further from the truth! Throughout Te...

Gear Reviews

Fly Tying Gear Review: Griffin Mongoose

I started tying flies about 20 years ago on a very basic (yet, wonderful) vise that my dad gave me. I spent time exclusively tying for trout. Fast forward 15 or so years and I found the desire to start chasing species besides the trout that my dad and I would regularly fish for. I needed to tie, to imitate, to create, and to improvise the new species I was targeting. I got my fly tying vise out and I started trying to tie carp flies. Man, as many of my close circle of fly fishing buddies will...