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.

Harrison Gaston : Apparel & Footwear Department

Harrison Gaston

Apparel & Footwear Department

Originally from Muskogee, OK Harrison has been a Washington state transplant since 2016 with stops in Colorado and Arkansas along the way. Harrison is no stranger to hard work as he grew up working his grandparents farm from the age of 8 and later moving on to receive the job of “Head Hand” at Fern Mountain Ranch. He studied outdoor education at Colorado Mountain College before moving on receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas. The move to Washington was an easy decision for him as the wilderness of Whatcom County provides ample opportunity for his greatest outdoors passions snowboarding, kayaking, and remote hiking. Clothing and footwear choices while engaging in outdoor recreation in the harsh conditions found from the coast to the mountains can mean the difference between having fun and just surviving. With this in mind Harrison is dedicated to finding the best products for all working & outdoors people no matter the activity, and passing along his knowledge of proper care and maintenance so you can get the maximum life out of your gear, as nobody likes it when things fail in the field. Feel free to reach out by e-mail for any footwear/apparel questions or advice on local recreation whether it be on the snow, river, or trails!

Email Harrison at: yeagersharrisong@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

Corey Salas : Ski & Paddlesports Department

Corey Salas

Ski & Paddlesports Department

A Bellingham local, Corey exudes passion for the Pacific Northwest. Having studied at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, keeping life fun comes easily to our ski/paddle shop manager. In his free time, he enjoys spending time on Mount Baker, Galbraith and the Puget Sound atop boards, skis, bikes and kayaks. On the snowier side of things, he has studied the finer points of custom ski/snowboard boot-fitting/modification work and has competed in two regional contests, placing first in both. Corey’s primary goal at Yeager’s is to engage with more of the public in an effort to show them the wonder and awe of the recreational opportunities in the PNW. If ever you’d like to reach out in hopes of organizing an event with our shop, or simply have a general inquiry, please reach out to Corey in-person, by phone at (360) 733-1080.

Email Corey at: yeagerscoreys@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.

Shelly Newell : Camping, Hunting, Fishing

Shelly Newell

Camping, Hunting, Fishing

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