Fri, 30 January 2015
On the podcast this week I am all by myself--it's a topic I've been asked to address before and didn't require a special guest. It's entitled "10 Things I Wish I had Known About Fly Tying when I Started", and although fly tying is a never-ending journey, I thought I would share some thoughts with listeners with the hope they will pick up on these tips, tricks, and materials quicker than I did--although some of them were not even around when I started tying almost 50 years ago! Also in The Fly Box this week we talk about the "X" system for describing hook shank length, whether to crimp the barbs on saltwater hooks, strategies for filling fly boxes during the winter, when to let a dead fish float away, how to remove the smell of head cement from recently tied flies (a great listener suggestion!), and how to determine which side of a feather is the "shiny" side.
Direct download: 10_Things_I_Wish_I_had_Known_About_Fly-Tying_when_I_Started.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT
Wed, 21 January 2015
This week I ramble a bit with fly tying expert Tim Flagler, the hands and the voice behind those great Tightline Productions you enjoy every week. We did intend to talk about material substitutions and we do, but we also go off topic here and there. Also in this week’s Fly Box: Does one spooked fish ruin an entire pool? Can I start right out fly fishing in salt water with no other fishing experience? How do I avoid a rat’s nest in the sink when cleaning my fly line? How to become a commercial fly tier. Best materials for parachute wings. And, finally, advice from an experienced commercial airline pilot on how to travel with fly tying materials without being pulled out of the security line.
Direct download: Fly-Tying_Tips_with_TIm_Flagler_of_Tightline_Productions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EDT
Fri, 16 January 2015
In this week’s podcast, I interview Dan Frasier, noted fly-rod carp angler and writer, on tying flies for warm-water species. But don’t miss it if you are not a fly tier because he also gives lots of tips for catching carp, largemouths, smallmouths, pike, walleye, and even gar on the fly. And even if you don’t tie flies for warmwater species, he also offers great stuff on tying bigger baitfish and crayfish imitations in general. In The Fly Box, we range from where to where to go on your honeymoon to recommendations for my favorite brand of stepladder to other questions I can answer like what small-stream trout do in the winter, how to treat your flies in the off-season, clamp vs. pedestal vises, and much more.
Direct download: Tying_Flies_for_Warm_Water.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT
Mon, 5 January 2015
This week we celebrate our 5 millionth podcast download and what better way to celebrate than have my hero and mentor Hank Patterson as my guest? As with all things Hank, you never know where you will end up so be prepared for this one! On the serious side, this week in the podcast we talk about tips for tying the Adams, best rods for casting practice, whether or not you need a net to land trophy smallmouths, the pros and cons of UV-cure vs. two-part epoxy, and what to tell an outfitter if the guide he matches you up with is less than stellar. Happy New Year!
Direct download: Tom_Interviews_Hank_Patterson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT