The new Sage X



I was lucky to have been given the new Sage X 590-4 for our group trip to the Missouri River last week. What a treat it was for throwing dry flies to big, picky trout. “Fast with feel” is the best way I can describe this beautiful new offering. It has the speed of the Method with the feel and “fishability” of the ONE. In the hand you will not believe how light the rod feels. Don’t let that fool you, this rod packs plenty of punch and accuracy.

These rods will be available August 1st in a complete range of weights and lengths. Give us a call and pre order one today.

From Sage:

The name Sage “X” Rod represents for the Roman Numeral, as it is the 10th major rod introduction in Sage fly rod history.  It features KonneticHD technology resulting in tighter loops, greater retained energy, and dampened vibration. KonneticHD Technology is the next era in performance graphite rods. Optimizing our graphite-to-resin ratio, we have created a higher density (HD) fiber composite, resulting in lighter, stronger blanks which deliver unmatched recovery, energy transfer, and line/loop control. Building upon proprietary construction techniques developed for Konnetic Technology, KonneticHD gives us an elevated platform to achieve new levels in rod design.

X single


The X rod’s all-new fast action taper built with our KonneticHD Technology delivers synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly. greater blank recovery and a crisper tip stop – creating tighter, more efficient loops throughout all ranges of casting styles. This taper allows you to dig deeper into the rod and access the lower sections, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank result in a more accurate and efficient presentation, resulting in a performance driven, forgiving fast action blank – refining the Tighter loops. It’s what we all strive for. A tight loop is accurate, efficient, easily controlled, and a way to command the water in front of you. Ushering in a new era of performance fast action fly rods, the X will dramatically enhance the way you fish through superior loop control. With our innovative KonneticHD Technology came new inspiration and opportunities in rod design.

Tight Loops


  • KonneticHD Technology®
  • Black Spruce blank color
  • Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Freshwater 3 – 6 weights:
  • Vera wood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Flor grade snub nosed half-wells cork handle
  • Saltwater 5-10 weights:
  • Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
  • Flor quality full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt
  • Laser etched line weight on slide band
  • Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag
  • Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion
  • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA


Spey X


Sage X spey and switch rods

The new Two-Handed X rods let you experience the remarkable benefits of KonneticHD Technology through access to the more powerful lower sections of the rod, allowing for easier and more efficient load carry through the casting stroke. The shaft’s significantly enhanced recovery and crisper tip stop optimize line speed to deliver long, smooth casts. The decreased vertical movement and vibrations in the blank result in a more accurate and efficient presentation.


  • KonneticHD Technology®
  • Black Spruce blank color
  • Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Stealth Black anodized aluminum reel seat, down-locking on

Spey models, up-locking on Switch models.

  • Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat on Switch models.
  • Laser etched line weight on slide band
  • Super Plus fore grip and rear grip
  • Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag
  • Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with

Sage medallion

  • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA
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Rumors are over, Facts are here!


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

June 24, 2016

Contact: Laurie Peterson, (360) 902-2790


Puget Sound-area waters reopen for fishing


OLYMPIA – Puget Sound-area fisheries that closed during an impasse in salmon-season negotiations will reopen immediately, state fish managers announced today.


Regulations for fisheries in Puget Sound marine waters, rivers and lakes through June 30 are listed in the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, which is available online at  Beginning July 1, anglers should check the 2016-17 sport fishing rules pamphlet (available online at for fisheries information.


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed many Puget Sound-area fisheries on May 1, after the previous federal authorization to conduct fisheries expired.


The annual season-setting process, known as North of Falcon, typically concludes by mid-April. The state and treaty tribes did not reach an agreement this year until May 26, which led to a lapse in federal approval needed to conduct fisheries in Puget Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The OK given today by NOAA clears the way for reopening the Puget Sound-area fisheries that closed May 1.


“We know Puget Sound anglers have been frustrated by the late start to this year’s salmon season,” said John Long, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW. “This opening puts the year’s salmon fisheries back on track.”


Long noted additional restrictions are in place to protect coho salmon. Anglers will be required to release coho in most of Puget Sound this season. Those restrictions are also in effect for marine areas open in June, including marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), 13 (south Sound) and in the Tulalip bubble fishery, where wild chinook must also be released.


Anglers fishing at most year-round piers within Puget Sound must release all coho while those fishing at year-round piers within Sinclair Inlet near Port Orchard are only required to release wild coho. Anglers should check the WDFW webpage at for other exceptions to the published fishing rules.


Salmon and steelhead fisheries in Puget Sound-area waters that are open in June include:


  • The Skykomish River for hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead fishing.


  • The Cascade River for hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead fishing.


  • The Skagit River for sockeye salmon, hatchery chinook and hatchery steelhead fishing.


Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see

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Why we love Simms waders!

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We at Peninsula Outfitters love fishing lakes this time of year. Lakes provide the single most important spring trout fishery across Washington State. Two of our favorite local lakes are Teal located a few miles across the Hood Canal floating bridge, and Cady in north Mason County just a few miles southeast of Seabeck.  Both have fish well in excess of 2 pounds. Cady is fly fishing only, Teal does not allow bait and has a one fish limit. But if time is an issue you do not have to go far. Kitsap County lakes that are fun, productive, and easily accessible include Buck Lake near Hansville, Kitsap Lake in Bremerton, and Island lake in Silverdale. All have good numbers of fish.

However, the most productive Washington lakes by far are located in the dry country east of the Cascades. One very popular fishery is Lenore Lake in Grant County. Lenore is reputed for large Lahontan cutthroat trout, many running three to four pounds. Other lakes that have large Lahontan cutthroat are Grimes Lake in Douglas County and Omak and Blue Lake in Okanagan County. High quality rainbow fisheries can be had in Lenice and Nunnally Lakes east of Mattawa just across the Columbia River, and Dry Falls Lake in Grant County. Trout in these lakes run 12-20 inches and are great fighters in cool spring waters.

We think one of the most enjoyable ways to fish lakes in from a float tube.  Some consider float tubes as poor angler’s boats.  However, experienced lake anglers more than often choose a float tube over a boat. They are easy to transport, easy to launch, very maneuverable, safe, very comfortable, and get you to spots you would not otherwise be able to get to fishing from the shore. We carry Outcast float tubes. We consider them the best on the market!

As for what flies to use this varies somewhat depending on the lake.  Generally, midges and streamers like woolly buggers are excellent in Western Washington lakes.  Damsel fly and dragon fly nymph imitations are often productive in eastern Washington lakes.  Questions about what, when, where and how?  Just come in and ask. We would be glad to assist.

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Great new Winston Video!

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One of the most exciting times in the sea run cutthroat angler’s fishing year is when juvenile chum salmon start to move out their natal streams to begin their journey to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The time of year juvenile salmon migrate is of great interest to sea run cutthroat anglers. Depending on the stream, these migrations start as early as February and usually end in June. Peak migration times are late February to May. Chum juveniles start out very tiny, often not much more than an inch in length. They move in schools that tightly hug shorelines often not more than inches deep. Their schools often number in the thousands.


Cutthroat will follow these schools of shoreline migrating juvenile salmon by positioning in deeper water just outside. They make feeding forays into these schools and also target stray fry that inadvertently wander into deeper water. Tactics for fishing sea run cutthroat targeted on juvenile salmon schools is often not that straight forward. Before wading in the water it is prudent to unobtrusively observe if schools of juvenile salmon are present. These schools are relatively easy to see using polarized lenses and sometimes almost impossible to see without. If schools are present it may be a good idea to stay some distance from the water’s edge during initial casts. In any case, wading or not, casting parallel to the shore in a foot or two of water can often be productive. The real trick is to get your fly noticed and targeted amongst thousands of bait fish.


If cutthroat are targeting chum fry use a pattern like Bob Trigg’s or Chester Allen’s  Chum Baby (both available in the shop). The Chum Baby imitates both form and color.  A fly somewhat larger than the fry in the schools stands out among the masses and can be productive.  Stripping erratically also might incite a take. Conversely, using an entirely different fly that stands out among the crowd like fluorescent of flashy may do the trick. If all else fails a surface fly like the Miyawaki Popper can be effective. Surface disturbance will often get a response when nothing else will.


Tight Lines!

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Love the past!

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TU Event

Trout Unlimited Kitsap-Olympic Peninsulas and Wild Steelheaders United proudly announce….

The annual F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming again to Bainbridge Island on Saturday · February 27, 2016!

8395 Fletcher Bay Rd NE, Bainbridge Island
All proceeds go toward local wild steelhead recovery efforts through TU’s Wild Steelheader’s United and TU Kitsap-Olympic Peninsulas chapter.

Doors open at 6:30 and the presentations begin at 7:00. Popcorn and drinks provided!  Please make plans to attend this special one night event full of prize giveaways and a couple of special PREMIUM live auction items sponsored by Sage, Rio, Redington, and Wildernest.
Tickets are available for $20 locally at Peninsula Outfitters(Poulsbo). $20 Online



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Chasing Silver


Living in the Pacific Northwest, many folks would instantly think I was talking about our beloved Coho Salmon. I was blessed to enjoy a spectacular group trip to Prince of Wales Island in July to do just that. The Silvers that I was recently chasing refers to the “Silver King” or magical Tarpon of the Yucatan Peninsula. I just returned from hosting six adventurous fly fishers to the land of baby Tarpon at both the Tarpon Cay Lodge in San Felipe and Isla Holbox fishing with my good friend Alejandro Cruz (aka Sand Flea).

We arrived on our direct Alaska Airlines  flight in Cancun about 5:00 pm. We were met at the terminal by a much appreciated air conditioned van for our 3.5 hour wet, night time ride to San Felipe. We were all very happy to have a very competent local driver who negotiated the many checkpoints, speed bumps and small Mexican towns. Arriving in San Felipe at Tarpon Cay Lodge, we were met by Beto, our host for the next 4 days, with a refreshing tray of margaritas.  He became our instant best friend!





Fishing at TCL was spectacular! What an amazing place to indoctrinate six Tarpon “newbies” to the game of casting to, hooking, fighting and hopefully landing these amazing game fish. Our guides were very helpful and professional. They offered ample advice when asked, and gave us all plenty of opportunity for success. We all really enjoyed the split fishing day. We ventured ou at first light. When the day became oppressively hot and humid, we returned for a delicious lunch and siesta. At about 2;30 pm we would venture out again refreshed, and ready for battle again. Most of the fish we caught were in the 5-25 lb range. No matter their size, these silver bullets put on quite a display for all of us. I definitely understand the allure of this magnificent fish on fly gear. I was lucky to fish both the new Sage Salt 890-4 with a Hatch 7+ as well as the new Winston Boron III Plus 890-4 with a matching green Nautilus NV reel. Both rods were loaded with the new AirFlo Bruce Chard “Tropical Punch” WF8F line which cast like a dream. I was hard pressed to pick a winner, though both had quite the workout on these strong, high flying fish. Both rods were able to throw almost the complete line when needed, and could also work tight, technical mangrove channels when needed. The flies of choice were both tarpon toads and some custom gurglers on the surface that lead to some explosive takes.




Beyond the incredible fishing, the scenery was truly spectacular. Fishing for these beautiful fish while flamingos fly overhead, and every type of heron, stork, egret,, Ibis etc serenade you was magical. The ever changing color of the sky and water at both dawn and dusk was magical.


A special shout out goes to my friend Dave Boyd for hooking and landing a six foot saltwater crocodile. I think that critter followed him for the rest of the trip looking for revenge!

Boyd Tarpon

The food at TCL was rustic, but delicious. Beto made it clear that we could have anything we desired. He delivered on this promise with some amazing local Mayan dishes as well as scrumptious seafood. The hospitality at TCL cannot be beat!

TCL Food


I have been dreaming about visiting Isla Holbox for a very long time. I recently had the privilege of guiding Tarpon legend Alejandro Vega Cruz (aka Sand Flea) on the Hood Canal. Alejandro told me tales of his beautiful island and the many tarpon large and small that inhabit its warm, tropical waters. When we arrived via ferry to the sand covered streets, colorful store fronts, palm trees and turquoise water, I knew my dreams had not been in vain.


We stayed in the lux Hotel Las Tortugas. The hotel was the complete opposite from the humble atmosphere of Tarpon Cay Lodge. It had a spa, swimming pool and deluxe European style restaurant. What they didn’t have was Beto…


Our Pangas met us in front of the “resort” at sun up. We ran 1+ hours to the clear, mangrove filled, Caribbean waters that were home to our elusive quarry. The fishing at Holbox was much more technical than San Felipe. Clear, shallow water, clear skies and spooky fish. This became sort of a “spring creek” style tarpon experience. We all learned to keep our double haul low, flies small and fly lines away from the fish. It was truly a humbling experience where the more line you could cast the better your odds were.


Bill Tarpon


My final day in Holbox was a treat as I was guided by both Alejandro and his brother Darwin. We ventured into a narrow river channel in search of Snook and more baby tarpon. The game here was short accurate casts under the mangroves. Having two of the best guides in the Yucatan as tutors was both educational and exhilarating. The result was a number of Snook to the boat that we took home for delicious ceviche at Alejandro’s house that evening. Delicious!!!



All in all this was a terrific adventure. We all learned a great deal, and can’t wait to come back next year. There might be a spot for you… I know that all involved will be practicing their “double haul” in anticipation of the explosive strike of the Sabalito!

For more information check out the trips section of our website, or if you want to join me on one of my upcoming adventures, feel free to email me at [email protected].


Tight Lines!!!

Capt. Bill


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By Richard Stoll
While silvers are in fast decline throughout Puget Sound, Chum salmon have yet to peak. This good news because salmon fishing with the exception of chum salmon has closed in Marine areas 9 and 10. Throughout November chum salmon will be arriving gangbusters, and some say they are tackle busters.
For we saltwater fly anglers this is a special time of year that many of us look forwards to. This is the chance to get really large fish to come to the fly. Despite their physical demeanor every once in a while a not so gentle encounter tells me what brutal game fish chum salmon really are. But the equipment is simple. All one needs is a 7 to 9 weight fly rod equipped with a floating line and one of the many custom tied chum patterns available at Peninsula Outfitters.
Chum salmon are making their annual showing in several local estuaries including John’s Creek near Shelton, Finch Creek at the Hoodsport Hatchery, and Chico Creek near Silverdale among other local estuaries. Remember though, that it is illegal to fish in river channels that cross these tide flats, only beyond the mouth at any given time in a tidal cycle. This is not an issue as most of these flats are very shallow and are easy to wade.
Fishing for these leviathans is also easy. Spot a school of moving fish and lead them by ten or fifteen feet. Then let the fly slowly descend through the water column with just enough stripping to keep the fly off the bottom and well within the visual axis of the fish. Chum do not look down, but forward and up.
Chums are the Mac trucks of the Puget Sound salmon world. They are relatively easy to hail, but impossible to slow down. What better fish for the post-Halloween season. Put on proper rain gear, and enjoy one of your potentially best battles of the year!

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