Date: October 5th 2009

Since this is the official end to my first season at Gray Goat Fly Fishing, I would like to thank all of you who read my stories, bought my products and took advantage of my services. For those of you who missed out, don?t worry, we are just getting started. A short re-cap of the 2009 trout fishing season reads like this...................

This year was different, like they all are. It was also the same, like they all are. There were a few large fish and a few of the smallest fish I have ever caught. There were days where no fish were caught under 12 inches, and there were days when no fish were caught! The rain days were few during the 2009 season and the water temps remained cool throughout the summer. The major hatches came strong and lasted reasonably long. Anglers needed to be stealthy stalkers and accurate casters this year with the water remaining very clear throughout the season.  I spent more time on the water this year guiding, teaching and fishing than ever before. To all of you that took a trip or a school from me, Thanks again, I think we learned something from each other and that is how it should be.

We now head into the fall Steelhead/Muskie/Smallmouth season. Although these last seasons/active periods seem short, fly anglers have some of the best opportunities to hook and land some of the largest fish of the season. Make the time to get out on your favorite waters before the real cold sets in.

WINTER CASTING AND FLY TYING (Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
The dates for the first Casting and Fly Tying classes have been set for 2010. Casting will be held for the 9th consecutive year at the Prairie Dome in Eden Prairie. Classes this year will begin on Friday, January 15th, with both casting and tying on the same night. Tying will begin at 6PM at the Staring Lake Nature Center and run until 7:30PM. Casting will run from 9PM to 10PM at the Prairie Dome. Sign up will begin on December 1st for these classes, so check your calendar in advance and set aside the time to learn to become a better fly caster and tier. The Friday night offering also makes it a perfect date night opportunity to take these classes with your honey. Don?t miss out on the chance to be a part of this enjoyable indoor winter fly fishing experience. MORE DETAILS TO COME.....

Recently we began to sell T?s, Men?s polos, and some nice Women's tops through our web site. These items have continued to grow in popularity and your demand will determine our supply. We will try to bring both quality and style when it comes to our clothing choices. We hope you like it. Gray Goat also is able to custom embroider your favorite guide shirt, jacket, or any personal clothing item that you may wish to decorate with our logo to add a new look or just show your support. Email us for details.

Over a period of time, those of us in the fly fishing industry tend to accumulate STUFF. This stuff begins to fill the corners of our basements and closets, clutters our offices and garages and generally becomes more than we really need. It was always nice to be able to get some bargains so I thought it would be nice to offer you some of the excess Stuff that I have gathered and at really cheap prices. If it goes over well you may see more.

Here?s how it works. The garage sale items will not be posted on the Gray Goat Fly Fishing website. Items will be sold to those who receive the e-newsletter and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. The first email that comes across my mailbox at for a particular item will get that item. Payment will be made through a Paypal invoice or cash transaction. Some Items will have a shipping option or a delivery option. I will be in the Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie area twice a week during the fall and winter to hand deliver some items that may be to costly for the buyer to ship, in comparison to the cost of the item.

1. Creek Company #350 float tube/kick boat fins. The Creek Company: Pontoon Boats, Float Tubes, Tackle Bags, Flyfishing AccessoriesThese fins were used on one outing to the Big Horn River in Montana. Retail: $39.95 Sale: $15.00 I have two pairs of these ?one size fits all? fins, so the first two emails get these fins. Set up delivery or you pay what I pay to ship.
2. Original Force Fins, size XL. Force Fin: Force Fin Durable and in good shape. Used. XL is used to fit over size 10-12 wadding boot. These are the best float tube/kick boat fins on the market. Retail: $199.95 Sale: $45.00 Set up delivery or you pay what I pay to ship.
3. 1 pair idi Power Fin XS swim/scuba/snorkel flippers. Size L. XS Scuba Power Fin Great shape. Retail: $74.95 Sale:$25.00 Set up delivery or you pay what I pay to ship.
4. Cloudveil Original Nunya fly fishing vest. Mens medium. This fly vest is in new condition and has never been worn. Retail: $150.00 Sale: $50.00 Shipping $10.00
5. Thomas & Thomas Paradigm 9 ft, 5 weight, 3 piece (PA 905-3) fly rod. Thomas and Thomas Whisper-Lite Fly Fishing Rods, Fly Fishing Rod, Bamboo Fly Fishing Rod, Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods This rod is brand new in the tube and has never seen the water. I have too many 5 weight rods and just never got a chance to fish this one. This is a great rod at a great price! Retail: $790.00 Sale: $275.00 WOW! Shipping $15.00
6. Simms Rogue River shirt (SPF50) Size: L Color: salmon. Brand New! This is a great light weight shirt in a popular color, just not my color! All the quality of Simms. Retail: $60.00 Sale $20.00 Shipping $8.00
7. Reddington Wayfarer 9? 6? -7 weight 5 piece rod. WFR967-5 This is a great 5 piece travel rod. Medium action Bass/steelhead rod I have enjoyed over the last few years. Very little milage. Retail $199.00 Sale: $60.00 Ship: $15.00

As always, let me know if there are any fly fishing related products or services that you need, and I will try to provide them.

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