Sep 21, 2018

The Wader Maker

Simms made a video, here's what they had to say.

20 years ago. I started working with Simms. I've been involved with the way your production ever since.

The Wader Maker
Wader tested, Simms approved.
First off we start with with premium ingredients just like you're cooking, you know and then after we get to the ingredients we get to design and the fit, then we make it here in the US by people that care.

There's a tremendous amount of steps that go into making waders, some of our models over a hundred and fifty different steps. Every little stitch every little piece of glue has been made by us here. There's accountability, ownership and responsibility that goes in people scrutinize over every single wader here it has to be visually, beautiful and perfect.

The thought process behind it in the detail and the research and field testing if something didn't work we try to figure out how to fix it. We know when they were made the day also who worked on them some things like neoprene feet. Whoever makes those feet, they sign it a little bit like a work of art. Every pair of waders we make is tested. You got to fill every single one of those waders with water and inspect them for leaks and then you got to drain them, and then you got to turn them inside out and then you got to hang them up and dry out and then package them.

Trying to push the progression of materials and technologies to make things better for anglers on the water, you can't do that without a company that has people that wear waders all the time.

There's not a lot of wader manufacturers in the world, but I'm proud to say we're the last major manufacturer in the United States. It’s important to me and important of the team.

Find your perfect Simms Wader

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Sep 20, 2018

Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Series breakdown

Two years ago Scientific Anglers introduced the Spey Lite Series of single hand / two hand lines designed specifically for the needs of the trout spey or any lite action spey angler.

These new lines answered a long sought after solution to anglers wanting to fish single hand skagit and/or needing the smooth connection of an integrated line for smooth casting and stripping especially suited to smaller rod and smaller water situations.

New additions have been added this year to further fulfill the needs of the trout spey / micro spey angler.

Here's the run down...

Spey Lite Skagit Integrated
I call this the star of the show because it's what many anglers, like myself, had been asking for for quite some time. While head/running line systems have a solid place in spey, soon after trout spey really started to take off, many anglers experienced frustration with the hitch of the loop system. Especially noticeable in smaller waters and stripping streamer situations. A cry for an integrated line was heard by Scientific Anglers.
Key features of this integrated skagit include short powerful skagit head, black head marker point that is also textured to create an audible reference, and a slick, well matched, thin diameter shooting line. For 2019 S/A added a 390gr and 420gr version to expand the Spey Lite options.

New for 2019 - Spey Lite Skagit Integrated Intermediate
All the same great features as the floating version but with a fully intermediate sinking head. Now you can break below surface chop and cut through strong currents to have better control of your swing.

Spey Lite Skagit (Head Only) Floating and Intermediate Versions
Left-Floating - Right-Intermediate
Spey Lite Skagits, both Floating and Intermediate are also available in head only versions. Same great, powerful short heads as the integrated line but head only, allowing for the angler to choose their choice of running/shooting lines. Note that since these are head only with loop to loop connections they do not include the textured audible reference point.

Spey Lite Scandi Integrated
While the Skagit may be the star, the Scandi certainly plays the role of best supporting. It's especially effective for anglers who want to play the finesse side of trout spey with flies like soft hackles, wets, lightly weighted leaches and even skating flies.
Spey Lite Scandi is single hand rod friendly but I really like the responsiveness I get on my longer trout spey rods. With just a long leader, a double soft hackle rig can be so effective and effortless to cast. Tight loops and easy turnover will highlight the finesse side of trout spey.

Like the Integrated Skagit, Scandi Integrated also features the visual black, audible textured head to shooting line transition for easy casting point identification.
Sizes 390gr and 420gr have been added for 2019.

Spey Lite Scandi Heads - New for 2019
Two years ago when introduced, the scandi was only offered in an integrated version. Demand for a head only version was quickly realized. New for 2019, Scientific Anglers met that demand. Pair this scandi head with a slick shooting line and watch it fly. Achieving tight loop, distance cast with trout spey size rods is absolutely achievable with these scandi heads and with grain weights reaching into the 6 weight spey class summer steelheaders have new game.

Whether you like scandi or skagit, integrated or head system, Scientific Anglers has your lite line spey solution.

Find Scientific Angler Spey Lite Lines at "The Gorge"

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Sep 19, 2018

Lamson Litespeed G5 Fly Reel - New for 2019

New for 2019...New finish anyway. 

The lamson Litespeed Generation 5 came out two years ago as the Micra 5 version named so due to it's Micralox finish. If you are looking for them we have a good inventory of Micra 5's on sale.

For 2019, Lamson changed the finish to Hard Alox and changed the model to Litespeed G5. The reel in fact did not change. As I write this I cannot find any reason the reel should have changed and glad it didn't.

The Generation 5 Litespeed whether it be the Micra 5 or the G5 version would be hard to improve upon. The 5th generation features high retrieve rate and narrow spool for excellent line management. An integrated drag housing helps to narrow the frame and provide additional structural integrity. Ergonomic drag knob is easy to operate for precision drag pressure.

Stock of the New G5 is just starting to arrive. We have Sizes 1.5, 2 and 3.5. Others will be arriving soon. Buy Now

Find all Lamson Fly Reels at "The Gorge"

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Sep 18, 2018

Fishpond Clearance 2018

Found a few Fishpond items in the shop that are going away or changing for 2019.

Top left is the Wind River Roll-Top Backpack. Marked down to $119.95, it's a great piece of dry storage.

Next is the Drifty Boat Caddie. I honestly don't know why this wasn't more popular. Now get one for $69.95.

The Vaquero Tech Pack has had a good long run and it's just time to say goodbye. Deal for $99.95.

The Rio Grande Wading belt has also had a long run of popularity. Fishpond has a great new replacement coming for this one.

Bottom Left is the Castaway roll-top gear bag. This bag makes a nice dry storage from truck to boat and back to truck again. At $129.95 you save $60

Bumpy Road Cargo Duffel seems like it has been around forever. Great duffel with wheels.

Quickshot rod holder will be back for 2019 with some revisions to the design. Now pay less for this model.

Barracuda Clippers are priced to good to pass up. Maybe a good nipper to finally outfit that boat bag bag or Drifty Caddie with.

All items are in stock only and while supplies last. New Fishpond Gear arrives at our door sometime in November. We'll keep you posted

Click here for all Fishpond Sale items

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Sep 17, 2018

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam - New for 2019

New for 2019, Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam

Actually not entirely new, the Grand Slam Taper has been a favorite for many years. New for 2019 and available now is the Amplitude Smooth version with AST Plus. You can also find it in the Amplitude Grand Slam version and Mastery Grand Slam Version.

The Amplitude Smooth series of lines are, simply put, the highest-performance smooth fly lines in the world. With up to five times less drag and eight times the durability of traditional lines, this will change the way you look at fly line performance.
 Tarpon. Bonefish. Permit. All in one day. All on one fly line. That’s the idea behind the Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam, a line designed specifically to help you achieve one of angling’s most elusive accomplishments. With a short, powerful head the Grand Slam cuts through wind and turns over crabs, shrimp, and tarpon toads with ease. We’ve got the line. You just need the fish.

Features -

  • Revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability 
  • The perfect line for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats; also great for snook, redfish, and sea trout 
  • Overweighted by .75 sizes to load rods quickly; use designated line weight for your rod 
  • Short, powerful head turns over long leaders with heavy flies 
  • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments 
  • SA AMP SMTH GR SLAM WF X F (X = line weight)

Specs -
Line WeightHead Weight***Head LengthTotal Head WeightTotal Length
WF6F180 gr40.0'230 gr100'
WF7F205 gr40.0'255 gr100'
WF8F235 gr40.0'300 gr100'
WF9F270 gr40.0'335 gr100'
WF10F320 gr40.0'405 gr100'
WF11F370 gr40.0'450 gr100'
WF12F435 gr40.0'515 gr100'
***Grain weight for the first 30'

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Sep 16, 2018

Redington Behemoth Fly Reels - New Color O.D. Green

O.D. Green (Olive Drab)
Every once in a while a product just seems to hit the win button with everyone. Since the Redington Behemoth Fly reels came out 2 years ago keeping them in stock has been a never ending chore.

Last year Redington gave us the New Behemoth in Desert color. Since introduce they've been in and out of stock continually.

New for 2019, New O.D. Green Color. As of this writing all sizes in stock. I wouldn't count on that for long.

What is it about these reels that hit the home run. Is it the Deep Large Arbor V-spool for backing capacity and high retrieve rate. Maybe it's the powerful carbon fiber drag system. A small feature but worth noting is the molded soft-touch ergonomic handle that is super grippy to crank on.

The Behemoth Reels also feature lifetime warranty and along with this new O.D. Green they also come in Desert, Gunmetal and Black colors.

Find the New Redington Behemoth O.D. Green at "The Gorge"

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Sep 15, 2018

Winston Fly Rod Special Buy

Immediate attention...

Hard to believe I'm making this announcement. R.L.Winston Fly Rod Company has decided to end production of the Boron IIIx and Boron III LS fly rod series. But the good news is I wouldn't be making this announcement if there wasn't already a successor in place. More on that below.

But first the Sale

Gorge Fly Shop has loaded up on the soon to be "legends of the past" fly rods for you to get one last chance to own one. The Boron III Fly Rods not only carried the tradition of Winston Feel but is also in fact responsible for the very definition of load, power and speed coming together to create one of the most graceful rods one could cast.

Boron IIIx rods had that great ability to take your casting skill to next level no matter what level you started from. Novice casters could feel the load, intermediate casters could excel quicker and professional casters could extract all the soul from tip to Boron butt section. In my opinion they really did define the Winston feel.

Boron III LS Fly Rods provided that same Winston Feel on a small stream, spring creek level. Designed for precise and delicate presentations and built with all the premium grade components and features as it's big bother.

While supplies last we have most sizes in stock of both models for deeply discounted prices. These are first quality rods exactly the way they've been built all along. Rods include logo rod sock and premium graphite tube as well as the Winston Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee.

Shop Winston Sale

So What's New:

Two all new rod series are in production over in Twin Bridges, Montana. The Winston Pure and the Winston Air Saltwater.

Starting with Winston Pure

It's so hard to put words into describing this new rod. I think the best definition of the Pure is a rod with True Winston Progressive Action that just feels magical in hand.
I could go on and on with words to describe but it just won't become reality until you witness Pure in hand for yourself.
Small stream, dry fly with moderate action for open loop presentations without ever feeling under powered is what this rod is about. Take your passion of delicate fishing to a new level with Pure.

Winston Saltwater Air

Starting with a little history, the Winston Freshwater Air came into play a couple years with the use of SuperSilica Nano Resin Technology. Lighter and faster while yet still progressive and smooth, the Freshwater Air is a lively and responsive fly rod series.
Building on the SuperSilica Technology Winston introduces Saltwater Air. Just like the Winston Pure, it's practically impossible to put into words to describe this new rods series. I can tell you that when I stepped to the pond to test these rods I could not have imagined how light and lively could translate into such smooth power. The New Saltwater Air is unlike any Saltwater rod you know of and certainly unlike any Winston saltwater rod from the past. Saltwater Air is a clear leap forward for both the Winston brand as well as the fishing industry.

Within inner circles much concern was discussed about the exit of the Boron IIIx series and what would replace this smooth power rod. The new Pure and Freshwater air really ride on the delicate trout side of fishing and with the next category of rod to be a Saltwater Air series, what would play that middle ground of streamer, indicator, light saltwater or all around fast action fly rods series.

That question was put to rest after experiencing the smaller models of Saltwater Air. The streamer Junkies, myself included, have already set our sights on the 6 and 7 weight models as our next love affair rod series. These lightweight power rods have all the horsepower while the key attraction being so incredibly light feeling. A very important feature when an angler is looking at hundreds or possible thousand casts per day.

The future of Winston can be described much the same as their new rods series; Powerful, Smooth and loaded with Winston Feel.

Greg Darling 

"My Passion For Fishing Is A Lifelong Pursuit Of Discovery"

Sep 14, 2018

Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Skagit Head Intermediate

Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Series of lines has helped to improve all aspects of trout spey, switch and single hand spey forms whether is be in the form of skagit heads, scandi heads, with or without integrated running / shooting lines.

New for 2019, Spey Lite Skagit Head Intermediate. Available in a head only or integrated version, Spey Lite Skagit Intermediate allows the angler the ability to swing his fly under the surface without surface disturbance interference.

Specs -
Head WeightHead LengthColorSink Rate
150gr11ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
180gr11ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
210gr12ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
240gr13ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
270gr14ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
300gr15.5ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
330gr17ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
360gr18ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
390gr19.5ftOrange Heron1.25 ips
420gr21ftOrange Heron1.25 ips

By maintaining the skagit head just under the surface things like wind and uneven current will have little to no effect on the fly enabling a near perfect swing.
This intermediate type of head also creates a better transition from head to sink tip for increase is sink depth achieved as well as less hinge effect during casts.

Find all the Scientific Angler Spey Lite Collection at "The Gorge"

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