Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Support Your Local Fly Shop & The Little Guy

With the Holiday season in full swing I thought it would be good to mention some of the local fly shops out there and the little guys out there that offer some great custom an American made products!  Local fly shops are great they give you that one on one service and will at times go the extra mile to help a person out an put them on fish or just get them started in the sport.  The little guy offer some very cool products they don't usually get a lot of the hype from some of the big fly fishing magazines but that aside some of there products are the best out there on the market.   

Located in Lewisburg is Serenity Now Outfitters.  Craig Miller runs the shop and is one of the top musky on a fly guys 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, Patagonia, to Happy Chaco Feet.  If your around the Greenbrier stop in and see Craig!

Anglers Xstream located in South Parkersburg on Camden Avenue is run by Dave Carpenter.  Dave is very knowledgable about all things outdoors and always likes to talk fishing.  They offer fly tying classes that can be tailered to meet your demands as well as fly casting school.  From trout to musky they offer fly fishing equipment for all species of fish.

Elk Springs Fly Shop located right on the banks of the Elk River C&R on the Mill Pool.  Dave Breitmeier and Patrick Skeen can help you out and point you in the right direction no matter if you want to throw small Elk River 32s, big streamers, or chase some mountain brookies!  Elk Springs offers a fully stocked shop with brands like Orvis, Sage, Redington, Echo, Simms and Rio .  They have all the little gadgets and the right flies those trout are snacking on.  They also have a few of the best guides around to put you on those Elk River brown trout.

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.  Stop in and see Larry if your in the area.

Harman's Luxury Log Cabins located in Cabins, WV offer nice cabins for a family get away and a private stocked section of the North Fork of the South Branch to fish with trophy sized trout.

Woodlands World is just across the WV boarder in PA.  DJ Casto a WV native runs the store and they 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, Yeti and Orvis.  If you need anything for any outdoor activity they are the place that can hook you up. 

Another fly shop located across the boarder in VA is South River Fly Shop in Waynesboro, VA.  The shop is ran by Tommy Lawhorne and Kevin Little a WV native.  They run a fly shop with a country store atmosphere and gear to support every need.  They offer gear from Dan Bailey, Chota, Mystic, Echo, TFO, and Galvan.

For those who catch that trophy fish or kill a trophy of a deer or another animal one the best taxidermists in the state is Chad See at Mount'n Critters Taxidermy.  Located in Valley Head, WV Chad brings art to full form in his Taxidermy work.  He is always willing to recreate that trophy catch and bring it back to life and make it a memory that will last a lifetime.  His work is award winning!

Some other great companies to check out this Holiday Season:

Vedavoo provides American built gear for the road less travelled.  Scott does some awesome custom work and has create some very cool products.  His new daypack works perfect for any task its faced with from doing a day trip to the stream or as a diaper bag taking the new child out on the town.  Some other cool things they offer is the Hip Pack and the Tight Lines Sling Pack.  They also offer some awesome T-Shirt and Hoody designs!

Risen Fly is a great new company on the rise from Beaver Falls, PA.  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 also the Anakim there other reel also offers a great priced reel for those larger fish.  They offer some great affordable fly lines in there Alpha Fly Lines.  With a soon to be released rod series I am sure you will be hearing some great things from Risen next year.  Its great to see a company with such great moral values as well!

SmithFly is another company out there that provides some awesome made in the USA modular fly fishing gear in Troy, OH.  They build everything from bags, to vests, to waist packs.  One of the cool new products they offer is the Cooler Kilt that allows you to hook up all your pouches with gear directly on your cooler that way the gear is always right there!


Goat Head Sole Spikes a fairly new company out there offer a cool new product.  They offer a traction spike that screws directly into any outdoor shoe including fishing boots.  They provide great traction on the stream or any slippery situation your in outdoors. 

Fisknat Landing Nets offers a complete line of rubber bag landing nets.  Made completely in the US they offer several choices of woods for there handles and come in several sizes and styles from the San Juan hand net to the Clark Fork boat net.  Great products and awesome customer service.

Recycled Waders is a unique company that brings a cool way of recycling old non used waders into fishing gear.  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 as well as several different packs and bags.

Vermont Fly Guys tie up some awesome flies.  Ken Capsey and WV native Brian Price tie up some pretty wicked fish treats.  They will hook you up with everything from Predator flies for musky and pike to flies for all your steelhead needs.

Free Fly Apparel provides some cool apparel for the fisherman.  There bamboo clothing is designed with freedom and motion in mind.  The maker of our WVAngler sun masks and also some cool Ts!

Cliff Outdoors offer some cool built fly boxes that holds everything from those big musky predator flies in there bugger beast to articulated flies to a few flies for a day on the stream in there days worth box.  There simple design helps keep big flies organized!

If your looking for a guide this Holiday season there is several out there also from some of the fly shops we mentioned but also:
Spring Creek Outfitters and Harold Harsh will put you on those North Branch fish that you have always wanted to go after.

Matt Miles Fly Fishing and Matt Miles located in Lychburg, VA.  Matt will put you on everything from Musky, to Smallmouth, to huge Stripers!