2019 Christmas Letter & Specials Flyertop
Posted by Ryan Heitz
First off, on behalf of the staff at Michael and Young, we would like to wish you and your families a heartfelt Merry Christmas! 2020 is right around the corner and with it, hopefully a fish filled year! Thank you to each and every one of you whom has supported us.
For the last 14 years we have held an annual Spey Day. This free event allows you, our customers, a chance to “try before you buy”; an opportunity to come out and play with most all of the new rods and lines in the SPEY world. It also allows you to watch world class demos on the various topics in the vast realm that is spey. For 2020 we are inviting our sales representa- tives to bring some of their new single hand rods, reels, and lines as well to give you all a chance to play with some of the amazing new sticks in today's fly-fishing market. Thank you to all that attended last year. With the help of generous dona- tions from our suppliers, we hold an annual fundraiser at this event. This past year we raised almost $8,000 with the proceeds split between the BCFFF and the Steelhead Society of BC. Join us next year on Saturday April 4, 2020. Keep an eye on our NEW Website, Instagram and Facebook for further details. Please provide us with your e-mail address so we keep you better informed on all upcoming events. The shop e-mail address is email@example.com. As is always the case, a PDF version of this Holiday Flyer as well as detailed lists of sizes and colours of rods, reels, jackets, waders, boots, and fly lines will be posted on our website at www.myflyshop.com.
If you are not already involved there is no time like now to find a Sportfishing and or environmental, non-profit organiza- tion to add your voice and support to. Some active organizations within our province include the BC Steelhead Society, Pacific Salmon Foundation, FRSA, Skeena Wild, Freshwater Alliance, Sport Fishing Institute, BC Federation of Fly Fishers and PacificWild. Wild. The future of our anadromous fish stocks is looking more and more bleak. Record lows around the province for salmon and steelhead and a catastrophic land slide into the upper Fraser at the peak of the sockeye and Chinook run this year has everyone worried about the future. There are many factors in play contributing to environmental and fish health. Some close to home, some in the middle of the ocean, some environmental, some political, and some plain human greed. It is difficult to think about and understand as there are so many conflicting parties and beliefs as to the ma- jor causes. What I see is that whatever steps we have taken, and are taking, are not working fast enough so we need to do something different. If you care for the fisheries in this province please join one of the groups that is trying to help. It would be awesome if we could bring a few of these groups together under a shared voice!
Being in BC we are blessed with amazing Stillwater fisheries that are well managed and full of opportunity. 1000’s of lakes throughout the province are stocked for you and I to enjoy. A very mild fall has kept some of the interior lakes ice free and fishing quite well right into late November! Whether you enjoy chironomid fishing, stripping flies, or trolling you will find some quality fish and fishing throughout the province. We have our annual fly fishing Stillwater School June 12-15 at Corbett Lake Lodge (getting a little swanky this year).
For the river fisherman—In all 8 of the provinces fish and wildlife regions there are many world class trout fisheries. Here are a few notables to help plan your nest adventure. The Elk, and Cowichan (Vancouver Island); Skagit (Lower Mainland); Thompson, Mahood, Clearwater, Canim (Thompson-Nicola); Elk and St. Maries (Kootenay), upper Dean, Blackwater, Horsefly and Chilko (Cariboo); Stellako (Skeena); Nation, Peace (Omineca/Peace); Similkameen (Okanagan). These may require a bit of effort to get to but are stunning places with incredible wild fish.
For any of you looking to get away on a tropical fishing adventure Christmas Island has become an annual event for us, so if you ever want to put your name on the list, just call the shop and we will try to accommodate. At the time of writing we have room in February 2020 and are taking names for 2021 and 2022.
We have a few young new faces hanging at our stores—come on in and say hi to Zach, Cam, Matt, and Todd. All part time employees and full time fishing nuts.
NEW PRODUCTS and highlights for this winter and upcoming year WADERS Simms and Patagonia have both made exciting changes to their top of the line models. The new G4 COLLECTION from Simms brings the highest level performance in the harshest conditions and includes the PRO and ZIP waders, BOOTS, and an incredible JACKET. Patagonia answers with their SWIFTCURRENT waders in 6 new models that will be available early 2020 and look incredible. I believe these are raising the proverbial bar and have me really excited. A new RIVER SALT and SST Jacket to match are on their way as well. Scott Fly Rods won the acclaimed “Best of Show” and “Best new Saltwater Fly Rod” with their new SECTOR; WINSTON AIR TH the new awe inspiring two hand spey line up and ALPHA +; Sage TROUT LL bringing back one of the best, TROUT SPEY HD, and PAYLOAD; Scientific Anglers AMPLITUDE INFINITY, INFINITY SALT, and smooth TARPON, SCANDI; Echo LAKE and LARGO; Rio FATHOM sinking lines; COMING Soon: Simms new BOAT BAG; Airflo SUPERFLOTrout series, SKAGIT COMPACT 3.0; This years sale flyer is packed with amazing deals on new and used items. If you see anything you like contact us quickly before it’s gone. When it comes to clothing and fly lines we have much more than we can print here so please visit our stores or give us a call. Feel free to either call us toll free at (800) 663-6407, (604)588-2833, or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you require more info!
Warmest holiday wishes from Dave, Ryan, Lawrence, Tim, Catherine, Aaron, Gary, Sid, Pierre, Jack, Zach, Matt, Cam and Todd.
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