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Main Street welcomes new fishing store for anglers

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Haibin Wang, owner Fish-Field Inc., and store employee Tim Ganley have opened a fishing store in Tigard that will appeal to anglers. Hiabin Wang decided to start his first business when he was in college. Being a lifelong angler, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.

“I really like fishing,” said Wang, 30.

He called his business Fish-Field, a supplier of tackle gear and fishing equipment to stores along the Oregon coast.

Now, four years later, Wang has opened a fishing shop of his own.

The store, also called Fish-Field, 12540 S.W. Main St., offers fly fishing equipment, as well as gear for fresh and saltwater fishing, crabbing, shrimping and anything else anglers are interested in trying.

“This place has a very good fishing community,” said Wang, who lives in Tigard. “This space just fit our needs from the beginning. Plus, it is close to (Highway) 99W, and we get all the traffic going to the coast.”

Never aloof

Wang said what fishermen in the area have lacked is a local tackle store they feel welcome to spend time in.

“Fishermen are really missing the experience of hanging around in a fishing tackle shop instead of a shopping center,” Wang said.

While some shops offer only equipment for experienced anglers, newcomers to the sport should have no trouble getting involved at Fish-Field, too, said employee Tim Ganley.

“I don’t like to go into a fly fishing shop that is aloof,” Ganley said. “I always remind people, it’s just fishing.”

Tackle shops can sometimes be intimidating to newcomers, Ganley said, but the duo hopes to bring something fresh to the local fishing community — a place that’s open to everyone.

“If you walk into a golf store and are not a great golfer, the people in the store shouldn’t intimidate you because you can’t play well,” Ganley said. “If you want to know something, you have to ask. I learn something every time I go out. It makes you feel good if you can help them.”

Wang comes from a long line of fishermen, he said. Fishing in his native China as a boy, Wang knew it was a hobby he hoped to turn into something more.

“My grandpa loved fishing, and all his sons and daughters loved fishing,” Wang said. “My daddy is a crazy fisherman. When I was young, I fished with him all the time, and when I came here, the fishing was even better.

“(Fishing in China) is very different,” Wang added. “Over there, it’s mainly the traditional type of fishing with real bait. Here, you see a lot of lure fishing and especially fly fishing. It gave me a big shock. I said, ‘I’ve got to get into this. It’s really cool.’”

1,000 flies and counting

Fly fishing has attracted a reputation as an expensive hobby, but Ganley said that isn’t true for everyone.

“Fly fishing doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t,” Ganley said. “You can get a nice starter outfit with a rod, reel, line and everything for under $200. And you’ll have a lot of fun with it. Yeah, you can buy a $1,000 rod here, but you don’t need that to have fun. You have just as much fun with the basic stuff, too.”

Eventually, Wang said he would like to expand his outfit into two stores, one just for fly fishing and another for other types of fishing.

For now, Wang said he wants the shop to be a welcome place for local fishermen to spend time.

The store offers custom orders and can connect fishermen with local guides and fly tiers, but their most prized possessions are their flies, Ganley said.

Fish-Field has more than 1,000 flies available.

“Be careful,” Wang said, looking at his collection of flies. “You could get lost in there.”