Dec 11, 2017

Simms G3 Guide Wading Boots - Vibram - New for 2018


Simms G3 Guide Boots has set the industry standard to beat. 

Toughness and durability has always been the winning factor. The New for 2018 Simms G3 Guide Boot features the RiverTread platform in both Vibram and Felt models. This build platform gives the angler feel under the feet for enhanced confidence in navigating rocky river bottoms. Another enhancement to the New G3 Guide Boot is an improved ESS plate that helps to secure studs and cleats.

Simms Traction

Vibram Tread Soles accepts three possible traction devices. AlumiBite Cleats fit tightly in specified areas of the sole and provide great slime cutting ability. HardBite Studs can be used alone or added in conjunction with the other star shaped options. The HardBite Star Cleats utilizes carbide chips welded in place which greatly aids in tough wading conditions.
Left to right - AlumiBite Cleat, HardBite studs, HardBite Star cleat


Simms Product Description

Time spent on the river is knowledge. And the more time you spend on the river, the more your gear needs to perform at a high level. Our G3 Guide™ Wading Boot is designed with working guides in mind. This means the support, traction and durability that 200-plus days on the river demand. The boot features big-time ankle support and an enhanced feel underfoot to help you get to hard-to-reach places. Our Rivertread® build gives you more feeling under your boot, so the unseen becomes easier to navigate without compromising on the overall support or traction of the boot. With proven durability to handle the wear and tear of hiking and wading day in and day out, the G3 Guide™ Boot gives your confidence to move across rocky river bottoms anywhere in the world.

FEATURES
  • Waterproof nubuck leather & Lace‐to‐toe upper
  • High abrasion textile with full scratch rubber rand
  • Molded external TPU heel counter & heel clip
  • Dual‐density midsole for shock absorption
  • ESS plates for improved cleat retention & proprioception




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Dec 10, 2017

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling - New for 2018


Anglers all over the world have embraced the sling pack for good reason. Haul a reasonable amount of gear and keep it close at hand. Add waterproofing and now you have a near perfect pack for most all fishing occasions.
New for 2018, Fishpond introduces the all new Thunderhead Submersible Sling. Not just waterproof, but submersible. The Thunderhead comes in two colors; Yucca and Cutthroat Orange.

Notable refinements include webbing pull tabs for easier operation of the waterproof TIZIP Zipper and exterior gear straps (included). This sling also features an integrated net slot.

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling Details

When you need quick access to all of your gear, sling this clean design over your shoulder and charge into the elements. Built for anglers who live life in the grit of the riverbed and demand the most from their gear. Load your valuables in the roomy main compartment, lock them behind the fully waterproof TIZIP, and submerse yourself into the environment. Anglers have gravitated towards the sling pack as a great way to carry the day’s essentials without having to sacrifice freedom of movement or comfort. Constructed out of our bombproof 1680d TPU coated recycled Cyclepond nylon the Thunderhead Sling is just as ready for what the day might bring as you are.

Features -
  • 1680D TPU coated recycled nylon
  • Fully waterproof TIZIP® zipper closure on the main compartment, in a new longer zipper length
  • Water resistant zipper closure on the front pocket
  • Lightweight foam shoulder strap and backpanel
  • Integrated net slot
  • Interior organization with one zippered pocket, and one clear stash pocket for small gear
  • Exterior Hypalon® tabs and reinforced cord loops for tool and accessory attachment
  • Coated webbing pull tabs for opening the TIZIP® VELCRO® and Hypalon® attachment points on shoulder strap
  • One set of Fishpond gear straps (included)
  • 16" x 9" x 7"
  • 13L (793 Cu. In.)
  • 1.5lbs
Tools and Accessories pictured are NOT INCLUDED




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Dec 9, 2017

Galvan Torque Fly Reels - New sizes for 2018

Torque Fly Reels are available in Black, Clear, Green, Blue and Burnt Orange

New from Galvan

Galvan added 2 new sizes to the line of Torque fly reels. A T-7 and T-9. The T-7 is a 3.875" reel weighing in at 6.3oz. This a great new addition for the 7 weight streamer guy looking for that lighter than 8 weight size without sacrificing arbor size and capacity with a T-6. The T-9 is a 4.125" reel weighing in at a respectable 7.9 oz. The size should really get the attention of permit and gulf bull redfish anglers.

The Galvan Torque is such a dependable reel that has been unchanged for many years and survived the test of time. It still rivals so many competitors and quality and lightness. It truly was and still is ahead of its time.

Galvan Torque Reels sold at Gorge Fly Shop qualify for a Free Fly Line!




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Dec 8, 2017

Winston Kairos Fly Rods - New for 2018


Just Arrived:

The New Winston Kairos is an all graphite rod with modern, fast action designed as a multi-purpose lightweight versatile rod proudly built in Twin Bridges, Montana USA. Winston Kairos rods are finished in clear graphite with Winston green thread wraps and a hand written inscription.

Features
  • Lightweight, multipurpose rod
  • Modern fast action tip flex with quick recovery
  • 100% graphite technology
  • Clear Graphite impact resistant finish
  • Versatile tapers to handle a multitude of angling applications
  • Designed and produced in Twin Bridges, MT
  • WEIGHTS: 3wt. through 10wt.
  • ACTION: Fast
  • SECTIONS: 4
  • GUIDES: Chrome nanolite stripper guide/Chrome plated snake guides
  • REEL SEAT: Black anodized aluminum engraved with Winston signature logo.
  • STORAGE: Grey triangular Cordura tube embroidered w/ Winston signature logo.

Specs -
RodLine WeightLengthGrip
386-438'6"Cigar
486-448'6"Cigar
490-449'Cigar
586-458'6"Cigar
590-459'Cigar
690-469'Full Wells w/Fighting Butt
790-479'Full Wells w/Fighting Butt
890-489'Full Wells w/Fighting Butt
990-499'Full Wells w/Fighting Butt
1090-4109'Full Wells w/Fighting Butt





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Dec 7, 2017

Simms G3 Guide Wading Boot - Felt - New for 2018


Simms G3 Guide Boots has set the industry standard to beat. 

Toughness and durability has always been the winning factor. The New for 2018 G3 Guide Boot features the RiverTread platform in both Vibram and Felt models. This build platform gives the angler feel under the feet for enhanced confidence in navigating rocky river bottoms. Another enhancement to the New G3 Guide Boot is an improved ESS plate that helps to secure studs and cleats.

Simms G3 Guide Felt Sole Wading Boots accepts Simms Hardbite Studs. Available in 20 Pack, ten per boot, Simms Felt Sole comes marked with the optimum location to insert them.
Hard Bite Studs for Felt Soles


Simms Product Description

Time spent on the river is knowledge. And the more time you spend on the river, the more your gear needs to perform at a high level. Our G3 Guide™ Wading Boot is designed with working guides in mind. This means the support, traction and durability that 200-plus days on the river demand. The boot features big-time ankle support and an enhanced feel underfoot to help you get to hard-to-reach places. Our Rivertread® build gives you more feeling under your boot, so the unseen becomes easier to navigate without compromising on the overall support or traction of the boot. With proven durability to handle the wear and tear of hiking and wading day in and day out, the G3 Guide™ Boot gives your confidence to move across rocky river bottoms anywhere in the world.

FEATURES
  • Waterproof nubuck leather & Lace‐to‐toe upper
  • High abrasion textile with full scratch rubber rand
  • Molded external TPU heel counter & heel clip
  • Dual‐density midsole for shock absorption
  • ESS plates for improved cleat retention & proprioception





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Dec 6, 2017

Simms Challenger Jackets - New Colors for 2018

Left to right - Black, Hex Camo Loden, Hex Camo Boulder
Designed with boat anglers in mind, the Challenger Jacket features breathable, waterproof protection from chilly morning runs to afternoon torrential storms. Some notable features of Challenger jacket in the stowaway hood in collar and also 3X and 4X available sizes. The Challenger Jacket Comes in Hex Camo Boulder and two new colors for 2018; Hex Camo Loden and Black.

Also available Simms Challenger Bibs

From bitter early morning cold through battering late-afternoon storms, the outside elements can be a distraction when you're zoning in on the end of your line. Simms' men's Challenger Jacket fights back against the elements with heavy-duty Toray® fabric and fully taped seams for completely waterproof, breathable comfort. Fleece-lined pockets warm your hands in the most numbing weather. An adjustable storm hood packs away in the collar, and a storm flap with water-resistant zippers adds protection from the driving rain.

Features -
  • Fully taped seams for 100% waterproof performance 
  • 3-point adjustable storm hood with stowage in collar 
  • YKK® Vislon® CF zipper with external storm flap 
  • Dual draw-cord adjustable bottom hem with dual kill switch anchor points 
  • FABRIC TECH: 2-layer Toray® - waterproof/breathable fabric; 100% polyester face 
  • APPROX. WEIGHT: 25.6oz./726g

Men's Outerwear Top Size Chart
Men's SizesChest*Neck*Sleeve*
S36" - 38"14.5" - 15"33" - 34"
M39" - 41"15.5" - 16"34" - 35"
L42" - 45"16.5" - 17"35" - 36"
XL46" - 48"17.5" - 18"36" - 37"
XXL49" - 51"18.5" - 19"37" - 38"
* These are body measurements





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Dec 5, 2017

Simms Freestone Fishing Jacket - New for 2018


New from Simms for 2018 is the Freestone Fishing Jacket. The Freestone features breathable three-layer Toray fabric to block out the wind and the rain. Other feature highlights includes a fly patch and net D-ring. come in colors Coal and Hickory.

Details from Simms

Keep out the cold or driving rain when you escape to the river in unpredictable weather. Simms' Freestone Jacket locks the elements out with breathable three-layer Toray® fabric, so you stay comfortable while patiently waiting to hook a monster. Fully taped waterproof seams and a stow-away hood offer reinforcement against the storm, and an anti-catch internal cuff keeps you from snagging as you navigate the low-hanging trees. Two storage pockets provide plenty of safe keeping for your essential gear.

FEATURES
  • 100% seam taped, waterproof/breathable protection
  • YKK® water‐resistant center‐front zipper
  • 3‐point adjustable, tuck‐away Storm Hood
  • 2 top‐load storage pockets with integrated retractors
  • Anti‐line catch, molded cuff tab
  • 1 fly patch & 1 net D‐ring
  • Hem closure
  • FABRIC TECH: 3‐layer Toray®;100% nylon with tricot backer
  • APPROX. WEIGHT: 30 oz.

Men's Outerwear Top Size Chart
Men's SizesChest*Neck*Sleeve*
S36" - 38"14.5" - 15"33" - 34"
M39" - 41"15.5" - 16"34" - 35"
L42" - 45"16.5" - 17"35" - 36"
XL46" - 48"17.5" - 18"36" - 37"
XXL49" - 51"18.5" - 19"37" - 38"
* These are body measurements






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Dec 4, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report - (12/4/2017)

Fishing Report:

Sorry for the delay to those out there who appreciate these reports! We’ve been pretty busy at the shop and escaping to the rivers when we can…
Gabe Cunningham locked and loaded. Wesley LaPointe photo.

On the steelhead front-

I’ve heard in a few different corners that this was “the best, worst year” for summer-run steelhead. A little bit ago I wrote an editorial piece on The Current State of Steelhead and how dam count numbers have been stirring the pot with angler expectations. The article’s purpose wasn’t meant to dilute the importance of protecting our fisheries and wild steelhead, but simply to say dam count numbers don’t always reflect fishing quality. The ebb and flow of steelhead numbers vary wildly, and naturally. Most importantly, it was to highlight that steelhead fishing should be regarded as challenging, fun, and appreciated on all fronts.
Pastel canyon colors to match rosey desert cheeks. Wesley Lapointe photo.
I’m the kind of guy who enjoys hitting the road to find new water or fish some old favorites. As the season progressed from Summer to Fall I’d been spending time on a variety of rivers. The vibrant fall colors, crisp mornings, and shorter daylight hours accompanied with aggressive steelhead willing to chase down tiny hairwings on floating lines is hard to beat... Fall steelheading is easily my favorite time of year!
A little extra coffee is always welcomed on chilly mornings...
My girlfriend, Chelsey with an unforgettable dryfly fall steelhead!
Fishing has been up or down depending on the day and the river. But, as is tradition for these migrating fish. The Deschutes has slowed down some now that it’s a little later in the summer steelhead season but some good fish are still being found. Remember, there is no winter-run on the Deschutes. Recently, the White River has given the Deschutes a tinge of color down in the lower reaches, along with the river as a whole settling into its fall/winter levels. Fish will be down deeper or in slower water at these levels and while the water temps have been good for dryline, a sink tip with small to medium flies might be the better option in the higher water. Fish are fairly well dispersed throughout the river and crowds are pretty unheard of this year so pick your favorite spot and swing some flies! The same goes for the John Day with a few fish also being caught out there in the slower, froggy water.
A feisty dryline desert steelhead.
NOTE: The Klickitat River closed November 31st and won’t reopen for steelhead or salmon fishing until June 1st.
Nevertheless, winter-run steelhead might be on the mind of some and they certainly are on mine. I mean c’mon, thick mature fish wearing heavy winter coats, ocean camouflage, and sporting a big fly hanging from their mouth sounds kinda good to me… I’ve heard a few reports of some early fish being found on a couple Columbia tributaries already, but nothing to write home about yet. The Hood River is at the far East of winter-run steelhead range, and as expected the fishing begins a little sooner with proximity to the coast. Time to tie some big sink tip flies and dial in your winter steelheading gear! Speaking of tying flies, if you’re interested in learning some new patterns or want to share your own, email info@gorgeflyshop.com with the “FLY TYING” in the subject line. Once I get an estimate of interested people, I’ll figure out a good date and we can get together at the shop after business hours.
Trout:

Much of the trout fishing has closed this time of year in the mountain lakes and streams. Check with ODFW or WDFW if you’re ever unsure. However, the Deschutes river can fish great for trout this time of year. On those balmy overcast days, Blue Wing Olive hatches can provide some good dry fly action below rapids and in the softer water. Though a heavily weighted stonefly and a smaller bead head trailing behind would be my recommendation for more regular success. Streamer fishing can be good too if the water temps aren’t too cold- which they haven’t been lately- and we love to use trout speys for swinging soft hackles or fishing streamers on the Deschutes! Speaking of trout speys / microspeys / short speys / or whatever you want to call them, we’ve got plenty of rods and lines to match in the shop. Come in and we’d be happy to chat about the benefits of using these rods on our local waters as they’re certainly not a “one trick pony.” In fact, I’ve been out playing with the shop’s IMX Pro Short Spey from G. Loomis and have come to the understanding that I not only want one, I need one. First world problems I guess. Regardless of approach, open water and hard fighting wild resident trout sounds fun to me…


Warm water species:

Uh, what warm water? Obviously, our warm water species are pretty seasonal and fairly lethargic once water temperatures drop. Some of the small lakes along Hwy 84 can fish okay this time of year if you get out on a nice day and a few were even recently stocked, however the fishing is still pretty slow.  





Cody Booth
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