Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saturday Seminar-March 7

This weekend's seminar...

Getting To The Roots Of Roosters
Adam Rich has spent as much time chasing Roosterfish as anyone we know. 
Come,check out, and learn to tie his effective and absolutely beautifully tied flies for these fish. All of these patterns work very well for other species as well, like Jacks, Trevally, Tuna, even Pike and Trout.
All seminars start at 10:00 am and will end between 11:00 and noon. There is no charge and no pre-registration required. Simply drop by the shop and enjoy the seminar.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thanks For All You Did, Barry Mitchell


For those who have not heard, Barry Mitchell passed away this week. Barry was as much of a pioneer of our sport in Alberta as anyone we are aware of. Always helpful with information, never pretentious, and pretty much always smiling, Barry was always a pleasure to visit with.
He will be missed. Our condolences go out to the who Mitchell family. We are sure he's throwing dries right now.

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Bugs Arriving-Whatever Your Targets

First of the really big fly shipments have started to arrive. Lots of Pike flies, patterns for Spring Steelhead, and a ton of new patterns from Montana Fly. Come and check out all of the new very cool dries (and some bugs that sink too).

Spring Steelhead Bugs

Pike Bugs

A Little Yellow From South of the Equator

Brian P. and Dave A. just got back from a trip to the Coyhaique region of Southern Chile.
Here's a couple for ya'



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Support Your Local Fly Shop

You hear it a bunch, the phrase "support your local fly shop", with all of the reasons that go along with it.

We did some research comparing buying local and ordering online from places like orvis.com, big box retailers in the US, etc. We took a small cross section of popular items (rods, luggage, waders) from three manufacturers and compared our prices to what it would cost to order online. For the waders and Sage rods, we allowed for free shipping and no brokerage fees. However, you would get a brokerage charge upon delivery.

As a formula, we took the cost of the item, added their shipping/brokerage fees, and allowed for a 1.27 exchange rate to CDN on your credit card (in actuality, exchange today is around 1.28). Now keep in mind, these are products that our shop sells. We would expect other manufacturers to be similar.
Shipping/brokerage fees taken directly from  checkout on respective sites.

Here are some examples:

Item #1: Orvis Helios 2 905-4 Tip Flex (9', 5 weight, 4 piece)
Purchase online at orvis.com: Rod: $795 USD, shipping/brokerage; $166.05 USD for a total of $961.05. 
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $1220.53 CDN

Purchase instore in C.P.: $895.00 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 939.75 CDN
A savings of $280.78 by buying local







Item #2: Simms Headwaters Stockingfoot Waders
Purchase online from USA: $349.95
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $444.44 CDN

Purchase instore in C.P.: $439.95 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 461.95 CDN
$17 more to buy local


Item #3: Orvis Helios 2 908-4 Tip Flex (9', 8 weight, 4 piece)
Purchase online at orvis.com: Rod: $850.00 USD, shipping/brokerage; $175.95 USD for a total of $1025.95
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $1302.96

Purchase instore in C.P.: $950.00 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 997.50 CDN
A savings of $305.46 by buying local
Item #4: Orvis Safe Passage Carry-It-All Rod/Reel Case
Purchase online at orvis.com: Case: $179 USD, shipping/brokerage; $49.17 USD for a total of $228.17. 
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $289.78 CDN

Purchase instore in C.P.: $244.95 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 257.20 CDN
A savings of $32.58 by buying local

Item #5: Sage ONE 590-4 (9', 5 weight, 4 piece)
Purchase online from USA: $795.00 USD
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $1009.65 CDN

Purchase instore in C.P.: $954.00 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 1001.70 CDN
A savings of $7.95 by buying local

Item #6: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot WadersPurchase online from USA: $499.95
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $634.94 CDN

Purchase instore in C.P.: $599.95 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 629.95 CDN
A savings of $4.99 by buying local


Item #7: Orvis Recon 905-4  (9', 5 weight, 4 piece)
Purchase online at orvis.com: Rod: $425.00 USD, shipping/brokerage; $99.45 USD for a total of $524.45. 
Total charge on credit card at 1.27 exchange: $666.05 CDN

Purchase instore in C.P.: $540.00 CDN plus GST, 
for a total of $ 567.00 CDN
A savings of $99.05 by buying local

Is it actually cheaper to buy online?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Phil Rowley Seminar This Saturday.

We  are pleased to have Phil Rowley presenting this coming Saturday Morning Seminar on February 28.

**Stillwater Primer with Phil Rowley** 



Special seminar event! Phil shows everything you need to know to be successful fishing stillwaters.

Patterns, techniques, you name it. Better get here early for this one if you want a chair.

All seminars start at 10:00 am and will end between 11:00 and noon. There is no charge and no pre-registration required. Simply drop by the shop and enjoy the seminar. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Remembering 2014

Some photos from last year. Fair bunch of Permit fishing went on, with several first time Permit for anglers who came with us. A few other kinds of fish as well.

Abaco Permit.
Dick Cameron with a nice fish. Tons of shots that morning,
with 3 to the boat.


Mid 20 lb. fish from fall of 2014.  Off of a Ray.

Ascension Bay Permit.

Trigger!

VERY big, Abaco Permit. Courtesy of Dave B.


Maureen's very first Permit! Approximate value: $20,000

Little Boca Paila Permit

Ascension Bay Permit. Held by the ever photogenic Julio.

Charlie and Julio on a beautiful May day.

Chris D. with his first Ascension Permit.

Andy W. with his first.

Dave I. We are trying to get dave to feel the excitement of
Permit fishing (just kidding).

Doug P. first ever Permit

Brian P. (half of Brian and Dave's Excellent St. Brandon's Adventure)
holds one of their several big Trevally.
Just to switch it up….from summer 2014. There's still some
big Brown Trout in the Bow!
This one came out at just under 35 pounds based
on length/girth formula.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Saturday Seminar-February 21

Spey Explained 
Saturday, February 21, 10 AM

Terry Antoniuk and Kelly Robertson cover everything Spey. Keeping it simple, they explain rods, reels, lines, and tips. The will also explain when to use different systems, and how.

Ideal seminar for those wanting to give it a try as well as those who just need someone to make sense of it all.



All seminars start at 10:00 am and will end between 11:00 and noon. There is no charge and no pre-registration required. 
Simply drop by the shop and enjoy the seminar.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Product Review

Redesigned for 2015, the Orvis Safe Passage Rod and Reel Carrier. 
The smaller size (for 9' 4 piece rods)is suitable to carry your rods and reels on the airplane.
On the outside, the finishing and new color scheme make the carrier look great.
However it's the inside features that really stand out.

Past versions of the rod/reel case have put both the rods (in socks) and reels all on the lower side of the case. the 2015 version moves the rods up into the armored and padded lid compartment, leaving the complete lower section for reels, etc. This greatly increases the total storage capacity of the case.
You can easily put 5 rods in the upper compartment.

The case comes with divider and cross dividers for the lower section, making your organization easier.
Orvis also offers kits with extra dividers for even more organization.

The case comes with a removable shoulder strap as well as a padded carry handle.
As with all Orvis products, The Safe Passage Rod/reel case is covered by a lifetime warranty.





Saturday, February 14, 2015

Family Day

We will be closed on Monday, February 16th for Family Day.

We will see you on Tuesday, have a great long weekend!