Saturday, November 24, 2012

Support Your Local Fly Shop and the Little Guy

With Christmas fast approaching I thought it would be a good blog to mention some of the great local fly shops we have and some of the great little guys out there that have some awesome made in the USA products.  Local fly shops are our backbone, they protect our streams and give us so much valuable info for us to make it easier when we do get the chance to get out.  And the little guys are the ones that keep giving us these awesome new inovative products that makes time on the stream so much better!

Anglers Xstream located in Parkersburg is one of our nice fly shops in the state.  They offer a wide selection of gear for anything from trout to musky.  Dave Carpenter runs the shop and is very knowledgable about all things outdoors.  They even offer fly tying and casting clases for those trying to get a start in the sport.

Another shop located in Lewisburg is Serenity Now Outfitters.  Craig Miller runs the shop and is one of the musky on the fly gurus in WV.  Serenity Now offers a full service location for everything from fly fishing, outdoor techincial clothing, to kayaking gear.  You will find great brands such as Life Is Good, Old Town, Ross Reels, Scott, to Keen footwear.

Yet another of fly shops located in Clarksburg is Evergreen Fly Fishing Company. They offer a large selection of fly tying supplies, thousands of flies, tons of books, and of course a good selection of rods and reels.  They carry brands such as Simms, Chota, Scientific Anglers, and Lamson.

Our fourth shop located right on the banks of the Elk River Catch and Release section is Elk Springs Fly Shop.  With a brand new 2700 square feet fully stocked fly shop.  They offer some of the go to flies for the Elk from Dave Breitmeier's Elk River 32s to Sean Weir's mustard green.  Good selection of products from Orvis, Sage, Echo, Simms, and Fishpond.  They also have a few of the best guides around to put you on those Elk River brown trout.

A shop just across the boarder in PA Woodlands World not far from Morgantown in Uniontown, PA offer a 10,000 square foot store full of fishing, hunting, and camping gear.  They offer competitive pricing from many big name companies such as Carhart, Realtree, Remington, and Orvis.

For those who catch that trophy fish of a lifetime we have one of the best taxidermists in the state in Chad See at Mount'n Critters Taxidermy.  Fishing has always been a passion for Chad and the detail really shows through in his award winning work.  With a newly built showroom he is fully prepared to recreate any fishing memory that you need.  Give him a buzz for a quote or I am sure he could even work out some Christmas Gift cards!

Some other great businesses to check out is Vedavoo.  They offer nice minimalistic packs.  Gear for the road less travelled.  A very cool pack called the spinner day pack that would make an excellent pack to carry into any remote brookie stream.

Recycled Waders is a unique company that brings a cool way of recycling into fly fishing.  They recycle old leaky waders and create durable, water resistant, lightweight products.  They offer a cool greenback wallet that is a perfect addition to any fly fisherman's wardrobe.

A fairly new company Goat Head Sole Spikes offer a cool new product.  They offer a traction spike that screws directly into any outdoor shoe including fishing boots.  Great for traction on any slippery section of a stream.

A newly started up company Risen Fly is already offering some great reels and at an awesome price.  There goal is to create a very affordable product that will rival the name brand companies.  The Ichthus fly reel is there first entry into the fly reel market and its a great first step a great reel to check out. 

And lastly if you need some aweome predator flies or just some cool flies in general check out Vermont Fly Guys.  They tie up some wicked musky and pike flies.

And if you need a place for those big musky and predator flies then check out Cliff Outdoors.  There simple design keeps big flies organized!