Our Pros

What makes Yeager’s different from the big box stores is that we hire people with extensive knowledge in the products they sell and the sports or endeavors for which they are intended, or, we train them until they do.

Our fishing crew has nearly 200 years of experience among them and that experience covers every form of fishing in the Pacific Northwest and for every species of fish and every season.

Our shootings sports department includes ex-military, ex-law-enforcement, experienced big game, waterfowl, upland game and varmint hunters as well as competition shooters from several different disciplines.

In our ski and paddle shop you will find experts in both categories who participate in the sports, have taken special training in them, and have the knowledge to guide you in your selection of product.

And, everywhere you go in our store you will find knowledgeable people ready, and eager, to help you whether it be in the selection of sporting gear, or the selection of clothing and shoes to accompany it, or where to go to enjoy it. We even have experts in the preparation, preservation, and storage of food and game.

Yeager’s is where the Pros are.

Steve Blair : Apparel & Footwear Department

Steve Blair

Apparel & Footwear Department

Steve grew up in Spokane, WA and has since lived in Bellingham for the past nine years. With five years of retail experience with workwear and boots, Steve is an expert you can count on. His priority is on excellent customer service, with expertise in workwear, work boots, proper fit (one of the most important aspects of boot buying), Superfeet insoles, and proper boot maintenance. He loves to use his gathered knowledge of the products to help people with unique fit issues and to find great pieces of footwear that work with their needs. He is particularly proud of Obenauf's Heavy Duty Leather Protection, Peet Boot Dryers, Danner work boots, and Merino wool socks.

Email Steve at: yeagerssteve@gmail.com

Vicki Adelstein : Kitchen Korner & Toyland Department

Vicki Adelstein

Kitchen Korner & Toyland Department

If you asked Vicki Adelstein about her position at Yeagers, she would tell you without hesitation that this has been the best job she’s had in her entire life. The weight of this statement really comes into perspective when it comes from someone with 42 years of retail management experience, and Vicki’s experience and passion has made an incredible impact on what Yeagers’ Toyland and Kitchen Korner have become today. After the closure of Fountain Toys, Vicki came back to Yeagers and took the entire downstairs under her wing. Remodeling the basement, bringing in a whole swath of new products, and breathing renewed life into these departments, it was her goal to bring the best of both worlds together to create what is now the largest specialty toystore in Whatcom County. Vicki takes her responsibilities seriously, and loves the opportunity to provide guests with nothing but the best housewares and toys. She can often be found discussing products with customers, asking their opinions on what they’d like to see in the store or what they think about things they’ve purchased, doing her best to tailor fit her departments to the needs of the community.

Email Vicki at: yeagersvicki@gmail.com

Dylan Rees : Ski & Paddlesports Department

Dylan Rees

Ski & Paddlesports Department

Dylan’s love of the outdoors permeates through his daily experience. Raised in the hills of western New York, Dylan has followed his passion for wild places to the mountains to Vermont, Colorado and California, but now calls Bellingham home. An avid kayaker, Dylan has used his time in Bellingham to attain the American Canoe Association’s Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instruction Certification. He has reached out into the local community through board membership, instruction and guiding at the Bellingham Community Boating Center and Participation with W.A.K.E, Bellingham’s non-profit paddling club. As the head of Yeager’s Paddle sports department, he has strived to provide a wide selection of products from the top brands in the industry. Highly trained staff can assist customers in making the best choices for safe and fun watercraft that are appropriate for their needs.

Email Dylan at: yeagersdylan@gmail.com

John “Westy” Westerfield : Store Manager

John “Westy” Westerfield

Store Manager

John (Westy) Westerfield first came to work at Yeager’s in 1973 as a clerk in the hunting and fishing departments. Within a couple of years he was an assistant store manager and managed the fishing tackle and shoe departments. In 1980, with the blessing of Frank Uhrig the store manager and eventual owner, Westy went on the road for 30 years during which he represented a number of major hunting and fishing companies. At various times he was a sales rep for Lyman, CVA, Colt, Federal Ammunition, Master Fishing Tackle, Les Davis Fishing Tackle, RCBS, Taurus and Glock, eventually becoming a regional manager for Glock running their commercial and Law Enforcement business in the thirteen western states. His final field job was as VP of Sales for Para-Ordnance, a position he held for ten years. Tiring of the road, but still loving the business, Westy accepted the position of Store Manager at Yeager’s in November of 2009, in support of the ailing owner, Frank Uhrig and upon Frank’s death in 2010 took up the reins fully. Throughout his career, Westy maintained his love of hunting and fishing and has pursued elk in Washington and Wyoming, bear in Washington, antelope in Montana, geese in Texas and prairie dogs in Wyoming and Montana. An avid waterfowler, he was a member of the Duckbusters Hunting Club for many years in Whatcom County. His love of fishing took him from Washington to Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, California, and Alaska, in pursuit of trout, salmon and steelhead or whatever was available. His future plans are to stay at Yeager’s at the pleasure of the owners for several more years while continuing to enjoy the great outdoors with his family, especially those seven grandchildren.

Landon Arman : Fishing & Marine

Landon Arman

Fishing & Marine

Landon Arman grew up right here in Bellingham, going to school in Ferndale. He can’t remember when he first started fishing, but recalls a picture at about age 4, proudly holding up a fresh catch. He began with lake fishing, eventually moving on to try nearly every style and variety. Landon takes every opportunity he can to get out on the water. He particularly enjoys chasing salmon, steelhead, and trout through the rivers and streams. One of the big lures of fishing for Landon, aside from the delicious fish, is the opportunity to explore new places and enjoy the serene beauty of nature.

Shelly Newell : Camping, Hunting, Gun Counter

Shelly Newell

Camping, Hunting, Gun Counter

Shelly was born and raised in Whatcom County. She started camping and fishing when she was just a little girl; every year her family would take a trip to Sekiu, WA and her father and grandfather took her saltwater fishing. Even today, she remembers the first halibut she ever caught: it weight 14lbs and it seemed like a monster to an 8 or 9 year old Shelly.
Shelly began big game hunting around age 15, going for bear, deer, elk, and even cougar. She primarily hunts modern rifle, but goes muzzleloader as well.
Her true joys in life are her family, including 11 grandchildren, and being outdoors—whether it is fishing, camping or hunting, it is all great! She is happy, and eager to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested.
Email Shelly at: yeagersshellyn@gmail.com