Seattle Fly Shops

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  1. deansie

    deansie Active Member

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    I'm 70/30 with the good visits vs complete waste of my time...hard to believe a city of Seattle's size and abundant fishing options only has 1 fly shop right now. I'll be moving to Dallas in the coming months and am guessing I'll be missing those visits that fell into the complete waste of time category. Its worth visiting if you're in town for a short time IMO.
     
  2. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Given the choice, I'm guessing Roderick Haig-Brown might have selected Patrick's; Flip Pallot might head to Waters West.

    While in Seattle, if you are limited to your feet and public transportation, Waters West (one of the best - if not the best - fly shops I've ever been in) is not really an option.
     
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  3. David Loy

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    Patrick's is a great shop with a storied history. Oldest shop in the West I think, and some real characters hang there. The old guard: Les, Leland, Bob, Preston, John Farrar and many others all have history here. And if you'd like a casting tune up, Jimmy is hard to beat at any level. He's been known to throw a hell of a party too.
    But just to point out another option, the Outdoor Emporium has a fly department and it's manager is a passionate fly guy and fun to talk with.
     
  4. existentialist

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    Did the downtown Creekside close? I was there just a couple of months ago.
     
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    I work in the Seattle area and live in North Bend 30 miles east of town. I have visited everyone of the shops mentioned in these posts at some time or another in the past 5 years. I tend to run over to Patrick's during the middle of the week while on lunch when I am short of materials or flies and plan to fish that weekend. If you need it, they seem to have it. I have always gotten a lot of advice and chat when needed and at the same time, as mentioned, they don't push. If I had any complaints at all it would have to be clear off the fly table so I can see the entire great selection of trout flies! I gotta laugh. I think every time I go in someone is eating lunch on the table!
     
  7. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Do you mean Adam? He quit OE and is now the manager at Creekside over in Issaquah.
     
  8. David Loy

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    Really? Yes, I do mean Adam. Too bad for OE, but good for Creekside, and Adam.
    Thanks for the update.
     
  9. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    OE was a nice shop when it was in Seattle proper. Since they moved down south it is in seedier part of town. And parking is still a problem. Lots of bums in that area.
     
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    Not true Jim. Parking isn't a problem but going there on game day is a mistake. And they shipped the bums to Ballard when the Mayors convention was in Seattle (true story). That and some moved to Montana.
    Actually, there are homeless panhandlers all over Seattle. I think there's a syndicate working the Montlake area. I go through there twice a day and have witnessed the shift change. Working would be less work.
    Since Adam isn't there anymore, I won't go to OE very often. I don't use a lot of bullets.
     
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    ottorotate New Member

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    Turns out I have wheels for my visit. Will be travelling from Port Angeles to Kingston and taking the ferry to Edmonds. From there I will head south to Seattle for and stay a few days. I'll be visiting Waters West and Patrick's on that leg. On the way back I'll be heading south to Tacoma and then back north to Port Townsend before heading back west to Port Angeles. With this new route, do I avail myself to even more fly shops of decent caliber? I know there is a Bass Pro shop in Tacoma but I'm not sure if it's worth stopping there.
     
  12. Ron McNeal

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    You're going to see two really neat fly shops if you get into Waters West and Patrick's. Skip Bass Pro Shops and try to get into Pacific Fly Fishers in Mill Creek and The Avid Angler in Lake Forest Park. Just my opinion, but I think others will agree.
     
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    Don't forget Puget sound fly co in Tacoma!

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    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    I've always got a kick out of Patricks, I like the no nonsense style and dog-in-the-flyshop feel. Plus it's close. I got to say though, after that thread came out a couple of years ago, it seemed like the service and character lifted a notch or two, not to mention the amount of tying materials, rods and other items.
     
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    Is the Gig Harbor Fly Shop worth a visit?