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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

Produced by The Orvis Company and hosted by Tom Rosenbauer, author of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide, this podcast will provide you with tips on how to get the most of your time on the water. Read more about Orvis at

Montana fly-fishing guide, Simon Perkins is back home in Vermont for Christmas and joins Tom for a podcast on lessons learned the hard way. It's the mistakes that make us wise, if we learn from them. Learn from Tom and Simon's mistakes so you dont have to make them yourself!

Direct download: Lessons_Learned_the_Hard_Way_with_Simon_Perkins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Tom takes the mystery out of packing for your next trip telling you what you need, what you don't and what you REALLY shouldn't forget to bring.

He also shares his top five flies for fresh and saltwater.

Direct download: Traveling_with_Fly_Gear.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

In this episode, Tom is joined by Peter Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School to revisit a subject that we have covered in the past, but is still requested: common casting mistakes. We've all made them, in this podcast learn how to identify and fix them.

Direct download: Top_Five_Casting_Mistakes_Revisited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with Massachussetts TU volunteer Warren Winders about sea-run brook trout and why a small stream in the midst of a cranberry bog in Massachusetts is key to this population of sea-run brook trout.

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast_Sea_Run_brook_trout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Tom covers a lot of material in this podcast. In the "Fly Box" section, he compares and contrasts vests vs chest packs vs waist packs vs sling packs, he covers how best to keep your flies floating (and reveals his secret)  and then answers a question about realistic vs impressionistic flies.

The main topic of this podcast, though is what easterners can expect when taking a fishing trip west and what westerners can expect when making a trip east. What are the differences? How can you best prepare?


Direct download: The_Go_East_-_Go_West_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Jack Williams Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with TU’s senior scientist, Jack Williams, about the looming possibility that the Federal Drug Administration will give approval to genetically modify salmon for human consumption. Could trout be the next animal to be genetically modified for food?

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast-_Genetically_Modified_Fish.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with Steve Moyer,     TU’s Vice President of Government Affairs, about upcoming legislation that is important to sportsmen. Steve gives an insider’s look into lobbying in Washington, D.C.—how it works and how people who care about trout and salmon can make their voices heard.

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast-_Important_Upcoming_Legislation.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 1:17pm EDT

As Tom was sitting down to tape this episode we got an email from a listener that made us all smile regarding his daughter's first fly. Tom reads it in this episode and tt was good timing as Tom lays out the basics of what you need to get into fly tying as a great addition to your fly fishing experience... but don't get into it thinking you're going to save money on flies! 

Good lighting, a comfortable seat, reading glasses and this podcast episode are a great start to a rewarding, lifelong hobby.


Direct download: Fly_Tying_101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, chats with Colorado Volunteer, Sharon Lance, about conservation issues in Colorado, why it’s important to get kids involved in fly fishing and why its never a good idea to have your spouse teach you how to fish.

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast_-_Interview_with_Sharon_Lance_.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Wow! About 250 entries and over 500 votes in our first podcast giveaway contest to win an Access Fly Rod! Congrats to troutbumpk!

In this episode, Tom gives some tips on teaching others to fly fish and also introduces a new segment to the show: The Flybox. We get a lot of requests that can't quite fill a whole podcast, so Tom is going to address those in this new segment!

Tell us what you think! Email us at, come by and leave a comment on the blogs, tweet us @OrvisFlyFishing or find us on Facebook at


Direct download: Podcast_Contest_Winner_Teaching_Fly_Fishing_to_Newbies.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

In this episode, Brett Ference from the Orvis Double Barrel Podcast is jealous of Tom's download count so he drops by to boost his numbers a bit.

Tom and Brett discuss pointers for bonefishing: Know how to tell time, communicate with your guide, and DON'T TROUT STRIKE are among the tips here.

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Direct download: Five_Ways_to_Avoid_Embarrassment_on_the_Flats.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 8:44am EDT

Chris Wood, TU's President and CEO, interviews Scott Yates, TU's Director of the Western Water Project. Together, they discuss the various water challenges that exist in various Western states and talk about how TU works to achieve a balance that is good for landowners and fish.

From river flows to irrigation, their conversation touches on some of the hottest current water debates in the West.

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast_-_The_Western_Water_Project.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Tom gets downright professorial in this information-packed episode on the differences in stocked vs wild trout and the different approaches in fishing them. A fascinating episode, bound to become one of your favorites.

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Direct download: Fishing_Wild_vs_Fishing_Stocked_Trout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

Phil Monahan of has called the development of gas resources in the Marcellus Shale the "Pebble Mine of the East."

Hear Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited, and his guest, TU's Elizabeth Maclin, VP for Eastern Conservation discuss what the Marcellus Shale project entails, what "hydro-fracking" is and the potential impact on coldwater resources of Northern Appalachia.

Direct download: The_Trout_Unlimited_Podcast_-_Marcellus_Shale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Tom is out this week, so we asked resident author Paul Fersen to read from a recent piece he wrote for American Angler magazine on fishing for bass off Cape Cod.

Direct download: Purposeful_Solitude_Special_Guest_Paul_Fersen_Reads_Moving_Water.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

This summer, Trout Unlimited partnered with Field & Stream to showcase the Best Wild Places in America. The tour highlights six spots out West where people can experience some of the best hunting and fishing and most spectacular wilderness in the country. By fishing and hunting in these places, the goal is to inspire people to visit these places--all of which are located on public land.

Also, we hope to raise awareness about how special these places are so that they may receive the protection they deserve. Each one of the places on the tour faces some threat--development, energy disputes, or other threats that has the potential to rob future generations from the chance to experience the landscapes and wildlife. In this podcast, TU's President and CEO, Chris Wood, talks with Chris Hunt, of TU's Sportsmen's Conservation Project, about the tour.

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast_-_TU_and_Field__Streams_Best_Wild_Places_Tour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

In this episode tom is joined in teh studio by Trout Unlimited's cable show ON THE RISE host Jed Fiebelkorn to discuss tips for anglers in both the eastern and western United States.

This is a repost from earlier today due to a technical error in the last upload. 

Direct download: Fall_Fly_Fishing_Tips_for_Eastern_and_Western_Anglers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Tom has three big tips for fly fishing for steelhead on location, timing and presentation. He has what he calls a half a tip on tackle. 

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Direct download: Three_and_a_Half_Tips_on_Fly_Fishing_for_Steelhead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

It's back to school--and TU's program, Trout in the Classroom, is part of the curriculum in hundreds of schools around the country. The program helps children learn about trout and conservation by raising trout in aquariums.  In this podcast, TU President and CEO Chris Wood talks with two TU volunteers in New York state about their experience teaching children about the wonders of trout and their life cycles. Stacey Weirl is a physical education teacher who teaches kindergarten through fifth grade at the Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale, New York.  Also joining Chris is a longtime TU volunteer, John Genovesi. John is the past president of the Croton Watershed TU chapter and directs the Trout in the Classroom program in Westchester County, New York. For more information about Trout in the Classroom, go to

Direct download: Trout_Unlimited_Podcast_-_Trout_in_the_Classroom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

River access is a hot issue. In this episode tom gives his 5 tips on stayign legal and getting access to land you may otherwise have skipped.

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Direct download: Five_Tips_on_River_Access.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

We are adding a new feature to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast by partnering with Trout Unlimited to bring you  updates on their conservation programs. Tom is a huge fan of Trout Unlimited and Orvis has been a long-time partner in their efforts to restore and protect coldwater fisheries.

In this episode TU president CEO Chris Wood interviews Jeff Reardon about restoring the Penobscot River. Involving miles and miles of river and multiple dam removals, this is the largest project of its kind in history.

We hope you enjoy this new feature of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Let us know what you think on our Facebook wall  at or by dropping us a line at

Fly fishing in pocket water can be challenging, but it also provides a lot of opportunity. Make a stealthy approach and keep your casts short to avoid drag. 

Direct download: Fly_Fishing_Pocket_Water.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

We haven't done a salt episode in a while... and we know a whole bunch of you folks fish salt. Tom's favorite time of year to do so is in the fall. Here are some great tips he's learned over the years.

Direct download: The_Saltwater_Fly_Fishing_in_the_Fall_Bait_Fish_Migration__Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

It took 100 episodes to get here, but Tom is finally giving you the streamers podcast so many have requested! A TON of information in this episode. I bet you listen more than once to this one.

Drop us a line on our Facebook page at and let us know how we're doing and reccomend future topics for the show!

Direct download: 100th_Episode_-_The_Fly_Fishing_with_Streamers_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Small fish need to be handled very carefully so as to avoid permanently disfiguring them or worse. In this episode, Tom tells you how he learned this lesson the hard way.

Direct download: Releasing_Small_Trout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

This is a Backcast Episode from August 16, 2010. Fly-fishing at night is a lot of fun, but you have to change up your game a bit.... and yes occasionally you might hook a bat. Tom has ten (or so) tips on fly fishing after dark. Come by our Facebook page at and tell us some of yours.

Direct download: Toms_Ten_Tips_on_Fly_Fishing_at_Night.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

In this podcast, Tom talks about the different kinds of floatant for dry flies, what sunglasses work best for fishing and explains the flex index and how you can use it to choose the right fly rod for you.

Direct download: Floatant_Lenses_and_the_Flex_Index.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

We made this video as a sneak peek of our app for podcast listeners. The app went live before we could get this video to you! It is available now and you can read more on our website at

Direct download: Orvis_Fly_Fishing_App.m4v
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Countless requests for this one! They fight hard, they're fussy, and they are getting more and more popular. Tom talks fly fishing for carp. 

Direct download: The_Long-Awaited_Carp_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Tom talks weather in this podcast and how it can impact your day on the water. We also want to thank all of you for making July 2010 a record setting month for us with over 50,000 downloads of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide! Thanks so much!! 

Direct download: How_Weather_Affects_Fly_Fishing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

Tom is out of town this week, so we are reposting what has proved to be a favorite on nymphing.

Fish can be amazingly fussy about the speed and depth of their prey, even if the fly pattern is right. Everything you do in nymph presentation should strive to keep your fly at a trout’s level as long as possible and at a speed that does not arouse suspicion.

Tom has great tips on nymphing  in this podcast, and you can read more at

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Direct download: Toms_tips_on_Nymphing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

A longer rod and a longer leader are a good start... Tom goes into great detail on how to catch more fish on lakes and ponds.

Direct download: Seven_Tips_for_Still_Water_Fly_Fishing.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

What do you do when you can't match the hatch and no one on the water is catching any fish? Tom tells you the things he does that may help you, too.

Also, we have a new iPhone app coming out soon... Tom reviews the features.


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Direct download: Ten_Tips_for_when_Theres__No_Hatch_to_Match.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Tom sits down with the new CEO of Trout Unlimited, Chris Wood and asks him questions posted to him by fans of our Facebook page at

A GREAT interview addressing the future of TU, getting more people into the sport and, of course, public access.

Direct download: Trout_Unlimteds_CEO_Chris_Wood_takes_Your_Questions.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

What does a splashing rise tell you about how a fish is feeding vs a sipping rise? Do you cast right away to a rising trout? If not, then when? In the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, Tom tells you how to read the rise to better gauge and predict a trout's behavior.


Direct download: Reading_the_Rise.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

As water starts to warm up around the country, bass fishing is heating up, too. In the most recent episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom gives seven tips on catching more smallmouth bass including his favorite fly.


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Direct download: Seven_Tips_on_Fly_Fishing_for_Smallmouth_Bass.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Tom's been working on a big project for the CEO of Orvis and can't wait to show him the result...

Direct download: Tom_Rosenbauers_Big_Break.m4v
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

So how many fly rods do you really need? What is the perfect all-around rod? Is there such a thing? Tom answers listeners' most frequent questions on choosing a fly rod in the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer.

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Direct download: How_Many_Fly_Rods_Do_You_Really_Need.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

In saltwater fly fishing the fish are bigger, they fight harder and your approach needs to be different. Tom gives ten tips for saltwater fly fishing in this podcast.

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Direct download: Toms_Ten_Tips_for_Saltwater_Fly_Fishing.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Tom thinks even the best casters can sometimes use a little help when it comes to line control. In this podcast he gives his top ten tips for what to do once your line hits the water.

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Direct download: Ten_Tips_for_Better_Line_Control.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

In this episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom sits down with master fly tyer, Gary Martineau. His fly patterns have been fished all over the world and he shares some of the secrets of fishing his flies to the greatest success in this podcast.

Gary  is a lifelong fly fisher, rod builder, and innovative fly tyer whose Heavyweight Stonefly pattern is the best-selling fly ever sold in the 43 year history of The Orvis News. A former research biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, he lives in northern Vermont.

Have a comment or suggestion for a future podcast? Drop by our Facebook page at, or email us at

Direct download: The_Dragon_Slayer_Podcast.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

In this podcast, Tom is joined in our new podcast studio by Dave Perkins, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Orvis Company for a technical and detailed talk on nymph fishing. 

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Direct download: A_Detailed_Lesson_on_Nymphing_with_Dave_Perkins.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

In this episode, Tom gets sneaky and gives tips on avoiding detection on the water... if you spook fewer fish, you catch more fish... pretty simple. Some good tips in here from color of clothing to the use of indicators.

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Direct download: The_Stealth_Podcast.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

This is a special edition of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Not only is it a video episode, we have special guest Paul Fersen, author of Great Fishing Lodges of North America to talk about what makes a great fishing lodge.

You can purchase Paul's book online at

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Direct download: How_to_Choose_a_Fishing_Lodge.m4v
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

Being early in trout season, Tom wanted to give a few pointers on early season trout fishing... then thought of a few more... then a few more. His list eventually reached 15 tips and as if that were not enough, he added two more suggestions at the end of this podcast. Did he miss any?

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Direct download: 15_Tips_for_Early_Season_Trout_Fishing_-_Plus_two_bonus_tips.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

We get more quetions on leaders and tippets than any other topic. Tom picks ten emails he has received and answers your questions in this episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.

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Direct download: Toms_Ten_Tips_on_Leaders_and_Tippets.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

Attention bamboo rod fanatics: we heard you! Tom responds to some feedback we received on one of our more popular podcasts on bamboo vs graphite and gives eight great tips on fishing classic wet flies... then throws in a bonus tip.

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Direct download: 8_Tips_for_Fly_Fishing_with_Classic_Wet_Flies.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

The last post was titled incorrectly as about SPEY lines. This podcast is actually about lining SWITCH rods.

We have had a lot of questions emailed to us and posted on our wall on Facebook regarding how to properly line a switch rod. It's complicated and confuses even those of us who do this for a living. For this podcast, Tom brought in one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry on the subject, Bill Reed, Director of Wholesale for The Orvis Company and our resident line expert. Get a pen and paper and be ready to take notes, there is a TON of information in this podcast.

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Direct download: All_About_Lining_Your_Switch_Rod.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

Wading can be a relaxing and then sometimes exhilarating experience. It can also be dangerous if you do not follow some simple safety guidelines. Tom gives his top ten wading safety tips in this podcast.

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Direct download: Ten_tips_for_Wading_Safety.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Tom gives the Orvis stance on felt sole wading boots, the rubber sole alternative and talks about how to responsibly address the invasive species issue.

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Direct download: Felt_Soles_vs_Rubber_Soles_and_the_Invasive_Species_Issue.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

We get a lot of requests for podcasts on topics that only take a few minutes and would not warrant a full episode. So Tom put together five unrelated, small tips into this on podcast.

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Direct download: Five_Unrelated_Fly_Fishing_Tips.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

Wow... you guys really wanted this one! We had a whole lot o requests for a podcast on graphite vs bamboo. Tom goes into great detail on the benefits of each and gives us some good bamboo maintenance tips.

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Direct download: Bamboo_Fly_Rods__vs_Graphite_Fly_Rods.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

Fly fishers biggest fear: casting into the wind. In this episode fortunate enough to have Orvis CEO Perk Perkins join him for a lively back and forth on different ways to deal with windy days on teh water.

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Direct download: Casting_into_the_Wind_with_Special_Guest_Orvis_CEO_Perk_Perkins.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

Check out the New Mirage Reel from Orvis featuring Conway Bowman!
Direct download: MirageReel_Teaser_podcast.m4v
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Here is a great checklist for new fly fishers and veterans for when you first get to a river. Check the temperature, take your time getting into the water and don't be afraid to change your location! Have a suggestion for the podcast? Email us at or join us on Facebook at
Direct download: Ten_Tips_For_When_You_First_Get_to_the_Water.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Tom has pulled in another guest for this podcast on landing big fish from a boat. Tom and Steve fish together a lot and tom knows Steve has a lot of technique to share on this topic. This is a fun podcast with a lot of information!

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Direct download: Landing_Big_Fish_from_a_Boat_with_Guest_Steve_Hemkens.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

The temperatures in a tailwater and available food make for bigger trout and really good good fly fishing. Tom has some great pointers in this podcast and then answers some questions regarding fishing egg and worm patterns... or what some call "junk" flies. Tom does not agree with that name, and tells us why.

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Direct download: Fly_Fishing_Tailwaters_and_Junk.mp3
Category:Fly Fishing -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

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