Twanoh today

I'll agree with everybody, Gig Harbor is an awesome shop, and I've had nothing but good interactions with all of the guys there. They have a ton of materials, good classes, great flys, and serve beer in a movie theater during fly fishing movies... there it is.


Active Member
When I visit the area each year I rely a lot on lists of public beaches where I know I can a least wet a line and hope to catch something. I plan on moving to the area when I retire later this year and will be out there looking for those more secluded beaches. In the meantime I appreciate having a list of beaches I can find without too much trouble.
The guys at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop are good guys and have treated me well. They will continue to get my business and that of my friends. For those of you that don't think kindly of the shop or its staff, well you are in the minority as they run a cool shop with a fun atmosphere. And I know that I am not the only one that feels this way. I hope 2013 treats myself and the GHFS staff as well as 2012 as there were many fish caught and a lot of laughs enjoyed by all.

Tight Lines Everybody!
Jonathan, nice to see you around. I've been keeping up on the blog here and there--hope to see some reports up again from you!

Thanks Jason, I appreciate the kind words. However, I will not be posting reports on here anymore due to the constant negativity by certain individuals. I just feel I need to post something when I see a good person or friend getting bashed unnecessarily. I will keep the blog going though for those that wish to see pictures and reports. Tight lines Jason, I hope 2013 is a super fishy year for you. Hit me up if you want to fish sometime.

Bradley Miller

Dances with fish
Not that more n
Erik and James, you guys both rock! You and your respective team provide a ton of info, good gear, and fellowship, disregard the nay sayer and be stoked you have a darn awesome shop that many people love.

Not that anymore needs to be said; but.................I find GHFS to be a terrific place to shop. I'm happy that they are in Pierce County, and hope they prosper and continue to provide the excellent shopping and service experience I've enjoyed there. It's a great resource, and an asset to both the local community and the fishing community. I say: good job GHFS. Keep it up. And I REALLY want to buy one of your kayaks. Just sayin'.

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
None of the spots mentioned on GHFS's list is one of my usual local places to fish, so this doesn't bother me at all. There may be someone else who has been fishing these spots for quite some time now, and had been enjoying relatively uncrowded conditions until this list was made public, and that now has to contend with ever-growing competition for the prime spot from which to cast....a growing competition which might not have arisen if there was no such public disclosure. Those people may not be amused.
But what the Hell, this is America, and businesses here have always been free, if not to "ruin," then at least to expose nearly every formerly little known pristine spot, all in the name of profit. So now "the public" knows about these spots that a relatively few individuals formerly held near and dear as their "semi-secret" escapes. There's always some locals that have been enjoying a place mostly to themselves before some shop (surf, fly, whatever) comes into town and feels the need to start issuing reports, in order to drum up more business and properly serve their customers. These locals who are used to having a place to themselves always are going to hate it when someone sends in a flock of newbies. That's just the way it is.
I don't hold any grudge against GHFS for posting that list. They need to promote their business, and that of course will naturally involve telling people how and where they can access some decent fishing. Of course, personally, I would rather that they kept the list "in shop," rather than posting it online, just for GP.
But I still plan to visit their shop one of these days. I want to test peddle some of their yaks.
In fact, I think that it might be easier for me to convince another paddler to go check out a couple of those places with me, now that they can see 'em on a list
Wow the BS got deep in here fast. Unless you have never bought anything from any shop ever and construct everything you use, you rely on an industry that needs to make a profit to stay solvent so that we can all keep casting. Now-a-days that includes online reports. Welcome to the 1990's.
Just go fish! I didn't even look at the list, I just fish. We all know that any beach can produce or be completely void of fish at any given day, tide or??? Who knows, you just have to be there flogging the water as much as you can at that right time. Put in your time, and you might get lucky.
Accurate to the last letter. Beach fishing is totally right place/right time kinda thing. Don't think, just do!


MA-9 Beach Stalker
This thread has been very revealing. I share good beach locations with close fishing buddies who can keep a secret and who post good reports but not specific locations. Kids like the Pimp will eventually learn the hard way why it is a terrible idea to post good fishing locations on the Internet. Enjoy the crowds, trash, and conflicts fellas!
This thread has been very revealing. I share good beach locations with close fishing buddies who can keep a secret and who post good reports but not specific locations. Kids like the Pimp will eventually learn the hard way why it is a terrible idea to post good fishing locations on the Internet. Enjoy the crowds, trash, and conflicts fellas!
I'll add to this by saying that, as a "newer" flyfisher (been at it about 6 years and only in my early 30s), I hope that I might occasionally hear about some of our local gems from more experienced anglers. As such, whether on a fly fishing forum or in real life, I keep details on locations close to the chest, because I know that if I'm out spouting about how I caught fish in certain spots then people will probably be less likely to want to share.

For my part, I know that there is a wealth of information out there that anglers have heard from other anglers, who heard from other anglers before that, who heard from other anglers before that even. So not only do I want to keep the very few lesser known spots I know of to myself for my own benefit, but I hope it pays off later on down the road by making more experienced anglers comfortable sharing with me later on.

Anyway, that's my take and how I approach it.


Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
Thank god only one of my favorite places was mentioned. $hit like this is why i dont like taking others. I only have very few friends I fish with and hunt with even fewer. that way i know when i come back years later no one will be there yet again.

The best way to learn a awesome spot is trial and error. That is how i learned all my favorite fishing spots. When you ask for spots you are limiting yourself so much.


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