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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 www.orvis.com/podcast.

This week my guest is Davy Wotton, originally from Wales but who now lives and guides on the White River in Arkansas. I get frequent questions about swinging soft hackles and wet flies, and honestly I am not the best at this technique so I brought in who I consider the ultimate expert on this kind of fishing. Davy blends the British traditions with American conditions so he really has the best perspective on this kind of fishing, which can be both challenging and subtle—especially when fish are taking emergers. It’s a LONG podcast, but since I have never done one on this topic I make up for lost time. And Davy had many interesting points to make. The Fly Box is a bit shorter this week because the main podcast is so long. But we cover some interesting questions as usual: What can I do to keep my Stimulators floating? When do you fish a nymph and when do you fish a streamer? Can you use weed guards on trout flies? Why am I breaking off so many fish? Do some rod guides work better than others? More on pressure and its effects on fish What is the difference between a freshwater and saltwater rod? How can I see my fly in a fast riffle? How do I know if small streams hold trout? Why do trout bump my flies and why do they come off quickly?

Direct download: Ultimate_Wet_Fly_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am EST

This week’s podcast is not about using alternative methods to a bobber or strike indicator.  It’s how to make your fishing more effective—and more fun—when you do use a bobber.  And my special guest is Ben Sittig from Colorado, better known to those of you who follow You Tube and Instagram as The HUGE Fly Fisherman.  His videos and posts are helpful but funny, and as he admits, a bit snarky.  But in a good way and his advice is solid.  Ben talks about how, by concentrating on the indicator itself we don’t realize what is going on beyond it, down where our flies are drifting, and offers some solid advice.  And then we run out of bobber stuff to talk about so we both get up on our respective soap boxes and talk about the state of the world of fly fishing, particularly when it comes to social media.  I hope you find our ramblings entertaining.

In the Fly Box this week we have lots of interesting questions.  One of the best batches in a long time.  Maybe I’m training you to ask questions I can answer or maybe it’s just because everyone is fishing and has some great thoughts in their heads.

  • When you make a heavier fly rod, do you use the same taper and just add material?
  • How to I kill off carpet beetles in my fly-tying capes?
  • Why can I catch brown trout in four to five feet of water but not in those 10-foot pools?
  • I have to drive over two hours to catch trout.  How can I learn more about fly fishing?
  • Is it easier to hook trout on a Tenkara rod than on a conventional rod?
  • Is there any function in different eye types on hooks?
  • Do you know of a good way to make an adjustable nymph dropper for a dry/dropper rig?
  • Why won’t trout that are feeding on smaller flies eat my Stimulator?
  • What is the best way to add four feet of level tippet to a fly line when streamer fishing?
  • How far do stocked brown trout move?
  • Why can I only catch trout on olive streamers when my river has sculpins in it?
  • Why does my tippet get twisted when I fish big foam flies?
Direct download: _Beyond_the_Bobber_with_Ben_Sittig.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EST

We all learn something every time we go fishing, even the amazing vacuum cleaner Jesse Haller, our resident Euro nymphing expert.  So I asked Jesse what he has learned over the past 12 months, and it’s a fun and eye-opening interview that got me excited about trying some new ideas and strategies for Euro nymphing.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

 

In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions:

  • Is there a good way to figure out what fly sizes I can use on a given rod?
  • Can I use big trout streamers for Atlantic salmon?  Why are traditional salmon flies tied they way they are?
  • I have trouble with line handling with two-handed rods.  What should I do?
  • I can’t find smallmouth bass in my river even though I know they live there.  What kind of water should I look for?
  • Why do some hook styles come in odd sizes like 13 and 15?
  • I can’t get enough distance on big lakes with my 9 foot 6 weight Recon rod.  Would a longer rod help?  Would a two-handed rod get me more distance?
  • Is it necessary to pinch the barb on hooks smaller than size 20?
  • Why can’t I get flies shipped from the US to Canada, and is there any way to get around this?
  • If I catch a big fish, is it OK to go back to try and catch it again in the same day?
  • I am having trouble deciding on the right line for bass fishing on my 909 rod.  Some bass bug lines are rated two line sizes heavier.  What should I do?

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