By Penny Fox
From Lake Washington to the majestic Puget Sound, it’s no wonder fishing is popular in Washington State. Having the right bait and tackle and a little knowledge makes the experience even more fun. Below are some of the best bait and tackle shops around Washington State where you can get everything you need!
Do you love fishing? Then you should stop by Gig Harbor Fly Shop and see what’s in store. With the goal of going above and beyond and providing great products to enhance the sport of fishing, Gig Harbor Fly Shop opened in 2004. Now devoted to fly fishing, they offer classes, boat rentals and sales, guided trips along Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, and other local rivers and lakes, and the same great service and products. Open every day.
The year was 1988, and that’s when the fish around the Spokane Valley in Washington began to get nervous. Nothing makes fish more nervous than when people to shop at the independently owned and operated Silver Bow Fly Shop because that’s where anglers of all kinds find the best bait and tackle and knowledge to improve their fishing skills. With brands like Simms, Enrico Puglisi, Fishknat nets, and more, the team at Silver Bow love to talk about fly fishing. Whatever you need for your next trip, stop by Silver Bow Fly Shop any day of the week.
If you want a good selection of bait and tackle for your fishing trip, Jerry’s Bait & Tackle in Port Angeles, Washington, is a great place to stop. Highly recommended by customers on social media sites, it’s because you’ll get more than just great products. You’ll walk away with more knowledge and inspiration to improve your skills from a pro fisherman. Stop by Jerry’s for trusted fishing supplies, bait, and a little fish talk. Open every day except Sunday.
Started in 1996, Lost Creek Fly Shop in Onalaska, Washington, has become a national supplier for fly fishing bait and tackle. Locally, Lost Creek serves four water sheds where salmon, muskie, bass, bluegill, and several varieties of trout including rainbow, brown, steelhead, and cutthroat. For the best in fly fishing gear, reels, apparel, bait, and more from brands like AirFlo, Gamakatsu, Hareline, and RIO, you can’t do better than Lost Creek Fly Shop. If you want an experienced guide to help improve your skills, they can do that, too.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, the Confluence Fly Shop in Bellingham, Washington, exists for the sole purpose of promoting and educating about fly fishing in and around the Pacific Northwest, including North Cascades National Park and its beautiful 24-mile Ross Lake. No matter what your preferred fish is, there are freshwater and saltwater locations to try, and the Confluence Fly Shop is your one-stop shop for everything you need.
Known as having the premier guide service for fly fishing in the central and eastern parts of Washington, there are two convenient locations for Troutwater Fly Shop—Ellensburg and Cle Elum. You can get all your fishing supplies from the fully stocked inventory of brands like R.L. Wilson Rod Co., Scott, Nautilus, and Umpqua among others. They offer special guided trips and events for all ages and gift cards are available. See the website for store hours at each location.
The serious angler knows where to go for downriggers, rods, reels, and other accessories for freshwater and saltwater fishing and crabbing. Located in Everett, Washington, John’s Sporting Goods has a complete line of everything you’ll need. Better than the large box stores, you’ll have personal attention and customer service that is second to none. Very community minded, this little bait and tackle shop should definitely be on your to-visit list. Open every day but Sunday.
For over 13 years, Pacific Fly Fishers in Mill Creek, Washington, has been offering leaders, lines, and luggage, rods, reels, and the right information to make your fishing better, safer, and more fun. They offer a large selection of materials and patterns for fly fishing, host several levels of classes on fly fishing, and have staff who can serve as knowledgeable guides on your next trip. Open seven days a week, they have an online store and free shipping, too.
Located near Seattle, Washington, Emerald Water Anglers is a well-known and respected fly shop, offering a guide service and international travel outfitting. The shop is open seven days a week, and use the staff’s combined experience and knowledge to teach classes from beginner to expert. If you want adventure and fun, then stop by Emerald Water Anglers.
With one of the best selections of equipment and supplies for fly fishing in the state, Puget Sound Fly Co. in Tacoma, Washington, is conveniently open every day. They offer a variety of fishing and tying classes, an extensive brand name inventory of rods, reels, flies, and apparel, and events like book signings and fundraisers and auctions to support the local community and raise awareness about fly fishing.