Fri, 23 October 2020
This week, my interview is with Kip Veith [38:55], Orvis-endorsed guide and author of The Orvis Guide to Musky on the Fly, which has just been released. Fresh from lots of research and in the middle of his season, Kip has some great tips for those of you who want to chase this giant freshwater predator--and fall is known as the best time to chase them with a fly rod.
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of interesting questions and some great tips from listeners, including:
With big pike flies, I have trouble getting the fly moving on the first few false casts. How can I do this easier?
My floating line is sinking. What can I do to make it float, and if I can't make it better can I use the line for streamer fishing?
My yarn indicators won't float. What am I doing wrong?
How do you do the Joe Humphreys Bow-and-Arrow Cast?How do I use a BIgEye dry fly as a sliding dropper?
I lubricate my clinch knots with Chapstick. Why doesn't the knot hold?
My Dad raises chickens. Do you think I can use some of their feathers for fly tying?
When do most anglers change their leaders?
A tip from a listener on preventing gel floatant from exploding when you change altitude.Can I go from 5X to 7X using a tippet ring?
A great tip from a listener on how to politely engage someone on the river who is using poor fish-handling technique.
How do you cut Body Wrap when making Game Changers?
Fri, 16 October 2020
The issue of freshwater flow through the Everglades is an issue that Orvis has worked on for a number of years as one of our major conservation projects, and we've worked with some strong partners on the ground, like the Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, Now or Neverglades, and Bullsugar/Friends of the Everglades. This week we have a double feature on this national treasure. The first part of the podcast is with scientist Steve Davis of the Everglades Foundation [41:05], who discusses the recent progress and environmental conditions in the Everglades, in times of poor freshwater flow and healthy flows. The second part of the podcast is with Orvis-endorsed guide Jason Sullivan [1:28:17], who spends nearly every day in the Everglades and depends on its health for his livelihood. And yes, don't worry we talk fishing and what it's like fly fishing in the everglades--for tarpon, snook, redfish, and even tailing tripletail!
Can a clear fly line be made?
Why are cane fly rods so great?
If I can legally fish only one fly, how do I get my fly down to the fish when Euro nymphing?
How does a full moon affect fishing?
If a season for a species is closed, when is it OK to fish for them if I practice catch-and-release?
How does intellectual property work with fly patterns?
Is it worth it to pay to fish spring creeks?
Why can't I sharpen my hooks?
Is there any role in whimsy or "bluffing" when picking a fly pattern?
Can I use floatant on my Master Splinter fly?
Can I use unweighted streamers with a floating line?
Thu, 8 October 2020
I get frequent questions on targeting introduced Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes region, so I invited an expert [interview starts at 33:13] to give us guidance on where and when to fish for them, tackle to use, and recommended flies. Trent Jackson, fishing manager of Orvis Grand Rapids, is a lifelong Michigan resident and has been fishing for Great Lakes salmon and steelhead his entire life. He gives us a great overview of this fishery, and is a great example of the rich talent we offer in our retail stores.
In the Fly Box this week, we have a number of perceptive questions and suggestions from listeners, including:
Why do I have trouble hooking trout with a 10-foot, 3-weight rod when using unweighted flies?
If I have a limited budget, should I spend more money on my waders or wading shoes?
Why did brook trout inhale my streamer one day and only chase it the next?
Once a running fish is on the reel, should I take my fingers off the line?
When you talk about a 9-foot leader, is the tippet included in that length? And should I tie a new tippet directly to my leader without modification?
Fri, 2 October 2020
This week I interview Dr. Aaron Adams [@38:29], chief scientist at Bonefish Tarpon Trust, and he explains some of the science behind proper fish handling techniques. Although we talk primarily about bonefish and tarpon, I learned some surprising facts about the question: "If a fish is hooked deeply, is it better to try to remove the hook or just cut the tippet?" I'm not going to tell you the answer. You'll need to listen to the podcast.
Can you suggest few trout flies that are reliable and relevant year-round?
Why do I have trouble hooking trout in small mountain streams?
What is the proper way to set the drag on a reel before you begin fishing?
How much tension is added to your tippet when you have the whole fly line out on a running fish?Why doesn't anyone talk about frogs and toads as trout prey?
Why does my Improved Clinch Knot keep failing?
Are neat flies more effective than scruffy ones?
A suggestion from a listener about using the "wrong" color thread to tie a better fly.
Where should I spend most of my budget when assembling a fly-tying setup?
A suggestion from a listener about using a bobbin threader to tie a nail knot.
Sat, 26 September 2020
Stripping Streamers in the Fall, with Butch Wicks
I am teaching a friend how to fish nymphs. Should I start him on dry dropper and indicator fishing or Euro nymphing?
Will my Trout Poly Leaders work OK for swinging flies for Lake Erie steelhead, or do I also need to get Spey Polyleaders?
Why could I not catch fish during a heavy Green Drake spinner fall?I had to cut my fly line. Is there any way to repair it without a bulky connection?
What should I keep in mind when tying some steelhead patterns to use on Pacific salmon?
A clarification to the podcast on the Clean Water Act from a retired EPA wetland scientist.
What to do if you see someone on the water with very poor fish-handling techniques.Is trout spawning temperature of day length dependent, and what behavioral clues should I look for?
I saw what I thought were carp feeding on the surface. Do carp feed on top, and if so what do they eat?
How do you set the hook when using a two-handed strip for striped bass?
When should I use a weighted vs. unweighted fly for striped bass in San Franciso Bay, and what fly line should I use?
Direct download: Stripping_Streamers_in_the_Fall_with_Butch_Wicks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT
Fri, 18 September 2020
This week I interview Monte Burke [@44:46], author of the recently released book Lords of the Fly. It's a chronicle of the history of tarpon fishing with a fly rod, and especially the magical period in the late 20th century where huge tarpon and the best fly anglers in the world converged on a little town on the Florida coast. This is truthfully one of the most interesting fly-fishing books I have ever read. Even if you have no interest in tarpon fishing, the story of the personalities, conflicts, and obsession involved in trying to catch a world record tarpon on a fly is one of the most compelling stories in fly-fishing history. Monte talks about his research and the process involved in writing the book. It's a tale of egos and gangsters and heartbreak.
How does a new beaver dam affect a trout stream?
What is the difference between a 2-weight and a 3-weight Euro nymphing rod?
How should one approach a larger river with heavy fishing pressure?
How do you suggest handling a fish that has been foul-hooked?
If you were to spend two weeks in quarantine in a hotel room, what six fly patterns would you tie?
An example of great fishing close to home
What do you know about fly fishing for ladyfish?
I am taking my father fishing and he does not have much experience. Should I hire a guide or just get him an outfit and take him wade fishing?
What are the main differences between Eastern and Western fly fishing?
What effect will the wildfires have on trout streams?
Can I use UV epoxy to finish the wraps on a rod I am making?Can I dye my own fly tying materials?
Direct download: The_Quest_for_the_World_Record_Tarpon_with_Monte_Burke.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT
Fri, 11 September 2020
This week, we chat with Bob Irvin [Interview starts at 42:00], president of American Rivers, an organization that does solid work protecting the aquatic resources we all love. Bob and I talk about the Clean Water Act and the Clean Water Rule--what these laws have done for us in the past, how they are currently managed, and threats to their effectiveness. It's not as much fun as talking about trout or steelhead, but it's important stuff to all of us.
What kind of water is best for Euronymphing?
Can you do it in really slow water for panfish?The booties on my waders are too tight for two pairs of socks. How can I keep my feet warm winter steelheading?
I have some streams in my neighborhood that people say used to hold brook trout. How can I find out if they still live there?
A suggestion that keeping the index finger on the top of your rod grip helps with sensitivity.
What is the best fly line to use when trying to cast the entire line?
Can I Spey cast for smallmouth bass?
My dad really outfished me using a Rapala. I tried all kinds of streamers but no luck. Is there a fly that is as good as a Rapala?
When I wade waist-deep I have trouble with my casting. What can I do to fix this?
How can you reconcile our obsession with drag-free drifts and the effectiveness of a swung wet fly?
I have a bunch of old fly lines. How can I tell what they are, and how can I mark them?
If you have a local stream that you fish often, how long should you rest it between fishing trips?
I am fishing for smallmouth and shoal bass during the day in weedy, rocky water. What's the best technique to use?
A tip from a listener on a great indicator you can make yourself.
Can you clarify the confusion behind the term "dropper"?
Thu, 3 September 2020
This week I interview biologist Nicole Watson [interview at 46:56], who has a fascinating job. She is working on developing strains of arctic grayling that will hopefully be able to repopulate some of Michigan's rivers. It's not widely known that prior to the arrival of Europeans to rivers such as the Au Sable and Manistee, the dominant salmonid in rivers in that entire area was not the brook trout, but a unique strain of arctic grayling. Learn about how the population was decimated, what is being done to restore them, and how soon we'll be able to fish for wild grayling in Michigan.
Here are some links to websites mentioned in the podcast
MI Grayling Initiative website:
Iron Fish Distillery- whiskeys to support research:
Iron Fish Arctic Grayling Research Fund (to donate to research directly):
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions and tips from listeners:
What is the best way to remove a small hook from a trout?
Fri, 28 August 2020
This week, I interview Captain Joe Mattioli [43:31]i on a place I have always wanted to fish--New York Harbor. Despite having chased striped bass and bluefish with a fly rod for over 40 years, I have never had the pleasure of fishing New York Harbor and I have always wanted to. So join me as I interview Captain Joe and hear stories of this world-class fishery beneath the Statue of Liberty and off Coney Island.
I have issues with knots in my leader, especially with streamers and other heavy flies. How do I fix this?
I have a 9 ft 5-weight Recon and a starter fly reel I bought a few years ago. Should I buy a new reel to go with my rod?
When fishing for bass, if I use a heavier line like a bank shot on my 6-weight rod, how should I adjust my casting style?
Are there any trade-offs?
I use a double Uni Knot to join tippet, but I can't tie a Blood Knot to save my life. What are the relative strengths of these two knots?
I just upgraded my fly-tying vise. What other tools should I upgrade if I want to improve my tying?
My tippet keeps breaking when using sink-tip lines. What can I do to prevent this?
Would you recommend a Recon 2-weight or 3-weight for fishing small streams plus bluegill fishing with my kids?
How many flies do you lose in a day of small stream fishing?
Where would you go to catch a trophy brook trout?
What should I do with my dry fly when fishing still water?
Should I move it or let it sit?
What can we do to reduce the trauma to fish when we play them?
Fri, 21 August 2020
This week I interview Orvis-endorsed guide Jay Aylward [51:05], a largemough bass fanatic on the fly rod, about how to find and catch them. And not just any largemouth, but trophy bass. Or at least trophies on a fly rod...
Fly pattern suggestions for a road trip across Colorado
Fri, 14 August 2020
[Interview @ 38:40]
There are few things more fun in fly fishing than catching bluegills with a popper or nymph. For the most part, once you find them it's easy and un-challenging fishing. But if you want to up your game and chase trophy bluegills, the kind that will put a big bend in a 3-weight rod, you need special techniques. This week Orvis-endorsed guide Kip Vieth shares his passion for big bluegills, and his special techniques for catching them--even in summer heat.
I had a big brown trout chase my fly right after a big tumble of branches rolled down the river on top of him. Is this common?
What can I do with some grouse feathers I obtained?
Does a 7 1/2-foot knotless leader have the same level tippet length as a 9- or 12-footer, or is the tippet length proportional?
I started tying my own leaders but had a blood knot break. Should I go back to knotless leaders?
Would it be a good idea to tie smaller streamers with a shank and a trailing stinger as opposed to using a longer-shank hook? I have heard that long-shank hooks don't hold fish as well.
What are some good rules for keeping your distance on crowded trout streams?
I always hook my fly onto one of my guides but recently I had a guide break when I was pulling the rod apart. Is that a bad practice and am I weakening the guides by doing this?
When someone says they are fishing a 9-foot or 12-foot leader, does that length include the tippet?
I had a Davey Knot break on heavy tippet. Is the Davey Knot weaker in heavier materials?
How do I keep the fly line from pulling my leader back inside the guides when making short casts?
Fri, 7 August 2020
This week we continue our exploration of small streams with Brian Slusser in California [@37:47] and Brown Hobson of North Carolina [@1:24:38]. Both are experienced guides and love small stream fishing. Even if you don't fish these regions, you'll find plenty of great tips and fly suggestions for your own region.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and also some great additional information from listeners, including:
Direct download: Expert_Tips_on_Small_Stream_Fly_Fishing_in_California_and_North_Carolina.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT
Fri, 31 July 2020
This week, continuing with my small stream double features programs, I interview Todd Fuchigami of the Ellensburg Angler in Washington [@ 45:48], plus Mel Hayner of Driftless Fly Fishing Company in Minnesota [@1:24:51]. It's been fascinating for me to learn about the similarities, and the differences in small stream techniques throughout the country. Regardless of where you fish, you'll pick up great small stream tips from these two.
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions and comments:
What is your preferred wet-wading outfit, or do you even wade wet at all during the summer?
If I need a longer dropper on my dry/dropper rig, should I add the extra length with another section of tippet added to the existing one or should I tie on a whole new dropper?
A listener takes me to task and says I should "spend more time on crowded public waters to better answer the fly box questions"
What is the best way to fish small streams when they get turbid from a summer rainstorm?
A couple book recommendations from a listener on small streams and alpine lakes
I normally take both my fly rod and a spinning rod with worms when trout fishing. What do you think of this method?
What really matters when I stare into my fly box? What attributes do you look for and how do you rank them?
Direct download: Washington_State_and_the_Driftless_Region_of_the_Midwest.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EDT
Fri, 24 July 2020
[Rachel Therkildsen interview 36:25]
I have been interviewing guides across the country on their techniques for small-stream trout fishing and I want to get these out sooner rather than later, at the peak of small stream trout season. So this week, we have a special double feature on small trout streams East and West. We have Rachel Therkildsen on fishing high altitude streams (and lakes) in Colorado, and then we move East to hear about small stream brook trout fishing in the Rangeley region of Maine with Brett Damm of Rangeley Region Fly Shop.
Direct download: Eastern_and_Western_Small_Streams_with_Rachel_Therkildsen_and_Brett_Damm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am EDT
Fri, 17 July 2020
[Interview starts at 37:17]
This week, our podcast is all about carp. It's a more advanced carp podcast with my buddy Dan Frasier, who is one of the most knowledgeable carp anglers I know. Carp are almost never easy and sometimes they are damn near impossible. But they are a fascinating challenge, and a good fish to chase when you aren't able to travel to more exotic places for big fish--something we all need to concentrate on.
I'm going to be doing more podcasts about fishing close to home--a bunch of small stream tips from various parts of the country, and also on bass and panfish. Stay tuned in the coming months.
In the Fly Box this week, we have these questions and suggestions form listeners:
Thu, 9 July 2020
[Interview starts at 41:18]
We could all use a little escapism these days, so why not listen to a podcast about adventures in the Amazon? Fly Fisherman Magazine editor and publisher Ross Purnell, in a pre-Covid recorded interview, will thrill you with his adventures with a fly rod in the Amazon, and you will be shocked at how he celebrated the trip. Few of us will be traveling to exotic locations this year, and many of us never will, but it is always enlightening to hear about what fishing is like in a different world.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and suggestions:
Fri, 26 June 2020
[Interview starts at 55:00]
This week, Joe Hebler of the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado, answers the question "How do I become a fishing guide?" Whether you are graduating from high school or college, or in another career looking to escape daily stresses and an unsatisfying job, Joe gives a great road map on what steps to take to successfully land a job in this competitive field. And if you aren't interested in becoming a guide, Joe also gives some great tips on current fishing conditions on Colorado streams.
In the Fly Box this week, we answer some questions, share some tips from a listener, and alert people to a threat on one of Pennsylvania's finest trout streams.
Direct download: How_to_Become_a_Fly-Fishing_Guide_with_Joe_Hebler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT
Fri, 19 June 2020
[Interview starts at 37:18]
This week, the podcast is about native trout, specifically the Rio Grande cutthroat of New Mexico. It's the story of two communities, one a small New Mexico town and the other the Taos Pueblo tribe, told by Toner Mitchell of Trout Unlimited, and Talisa Puentes Ortega, a biologist who worked on the project with the Taos Pueblo.
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of questions, as usual, including:
Fri, 5 June 2020
[Interview starts at 45:51]
This week's podcast was recorded prior to Covid 19 but I sat on it for awhile because it was about saltwater fly fishing in the San Francisco Bay area and I wanted to wait until sheltering at home restrictions were eased a bit and people could get out to try these ideas. Sarah Landstrom of Lost Coast Outfitters regularly leads trips for this accessible and interesting urban fishing, and she has some great tips, and even suggestions for locations to try.
In the Fly Box this week, we have a number of interesting questions--plus a great e-mail from a listener on how he successfully uses two-handed rods for nymphing in Alaska. Some of the questions this week are:
Direct download: Saltwater_tips_from_San_Francisco_Bay_with_Sarah_Landstrom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT
Fri, 29 May 2020
This week I interview Devin Olsen, who you may know about from competitive fly fishing, but we’re not going to talk about competition. Devin walks us through what to look for when you first approach a stream and how to come up with a strategy for a day of fishing. His new book Tactical Fly Fishing is now available but we get a sneak peak on what you’ll learn from his book. In the Fly Box this week, we talk about: Moving kids from a spinning rod to a switch rod How to deal with muddy and bloody feathers from a duck-hunting friend How to display fly rods in your house If my jig hooks bend when I get stuck in a snag, should I just bend them back and re-use them? If a 5-weight is considered an all-around rod in graphite, is it the same for fiberglass rods? What is the difference between hen necks and hen capes? A great suggestion for carrying a landing net on a plane Do catastrophic floods ruin trout fishing and the insect life? What length and line size do you recommend for both smallmouth bass and steelhead? Can I catch catfish with a fly rod? How should I organize my bonefish fly boxes? Which grain weight in the Depth Charge lines is best for surf fishing?
Direct download: Backcast_Episode_Planning_your_Strategy_on_the_River_with_Devin_Olsen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am EDT
Wed, 13 May 2020
This week I have an interview [starts at 39:52] that was recorded pre-Covid with Peter Bring, long-time Montana guide for Blackfoot River outfitters in Missoula. I always learn new things form every guide I fish with, but I thought Peter had some especially helpful tips on fishing with indicators and dry droppers. Being on the water every day and expected to produce fish in any condition, guides develop efficient, fun, and easy ways to catch fish and have polished their techniques through thousands of hours of helping other anglers become successful.
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions
Direct download: Indicator_Fishing_Secrets_from_a_Montana_Guide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT
Thu, 30 April 2020
[Interview starts at 38:46]
This week I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my very favorite non-fiction writers, Mark Kurlansky. Author of such award-winning books as Cod, Salt, Paper, 1968, and A Continent of Islands, Mark is a tireless journalist who digs into the very essence of anything he does. His new book, Salmon, is his first book that involves sport fishing as well as the natural and economic history of both Atlantic and Pacific salmon. (And he has a book on fly fishing coming out next April).
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following tips and questions:
Direct download: Talking_salmon_and_other_fish_with_Mark_Kurlansky.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:18am EDT
Sat, 25 April 2020
[Interview starts at 27:44]
This week I have the pleasure of interviewing perhaps the nicest human being on the planet, Tim Linehan of Linehan Outfitters in Libby, Montana. I think you'll get a sense of what kind of person he is by listening in. We talk about how the recent pandemic has affected fishing guides and lodges, but on a more fun note, Tim describes his fishery in northern Montana--the only place in Montana where you can catch a true native rainbow trout (rainbows on famous rivers like the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, and Gallatin were originally stocked).
In the fly box this week, we have these tips and questions:
Direct download: Northern_Montana_Trout_Fishing_with_Tim_Linehan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT
Fri, 10 April 2020
[Interview starts at 37:13]
This week I interview Sam Sifton, former Cooking Editor, now Assistant Managing Editor of The New York Times, and an avid fly-rod striped bass angler. It's quite a rambling discussion, from striper fishing on Long Island to the current state of striper populations to the writing of Peter Matthiessen. Along the way, of course we get some fish cooking advice but only for bluefish. Learn why Sam and I don't eat striped bass (and it's more than just about catch-and-release for the sake of the population).
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions:
Direct download: Fishing_for_Stripers_off_Long_Island_with_Sam_Sifton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT
Thu, 2 April 2020
[Interview starts at 38:00]
This week I interview Mark Melnyk, host and producer of The New Fly Fisher TV show and the co-producer of The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing Season 2. We tell some stories about what it's like filming a show and share some nasty tricks we played on cameramen over the past year. The Orvis show premieres this week on World Fishing Network, but shows will also premiere for the next 13 weeks every Sunday on The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing You Tube Channel. Season 2 will also appear on PBS and on Amazon Prime later in the year, once we have all the shows completed.
In the Fly Box this week, we have a couple good tips from listeners (actually adding information to topics previously discussed on podcasts) including more detail on polarized lenses and why tilting your head helps, and also some additional information on keeping your muscles and joints in shape when fishing.
We also have these questions:
Thu, 26 March 2020
[Interview starts at 36:56]
Sooner or later, if you fish a lot you WILL develop issues with your elbows or shoulders. And it's not just us old geezers who suffer from these--I often meet much younger anglers with the same problems. Anita Coulton is both a fishing guide for Crosscurrent Guide Service and a physical therapist, so she is intimately familiar with the issues we face, how to help prevent them, and how to fix them when they occur. If you have ever had these problems, or if you just want to know how to keep your upper body in shape for fishing I think you'll benefit from the podcast.
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions and tips:
Thu, 19 March 2020
Interview starts at 32:13
We’ve done a bit with trout Spey on the podcast, but never one specifically on flies for trout Spey. Luckily, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, who produces the best fly tying videos, has become a trout Spey addict and in the podcast he talks about tactics and tying special patterns for Trout Spey.
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following tips and questions:
Direct download: Tim_Flagler_on_Trout_Spey_Techniques_and_Flies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT
Wed, 18 March 2020
Check out Tom's upcoming episode on pre-spawn bass.
Direct download: Sneak_Peak-_Orvis_Guide_to_Fly_Fishing_with_Tom_Rosenbauer.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT
Thu, 12 March 2020
This week I interview the great George Daniel (interview starts at 48:40), who you will see soon in the new installments of the Orvis TV show. The show I did with him, on Euro Nymphing basics, should be premiered sometime in May. But until then, George discusses the pros and cons of using straight monofilament vs. and actual fly line for Euro Nymphing—both have their advantages and George gives us some good guidance on their use, as well as other tips on this deadly method of fly fishing borrowed from competition anglers. We also get sidetracked on the future of fly fishing and how both of us view the participation of younger anglers today.
In this Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions:
Thu, 27 February 2020
Interview starts at 41:08
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following tips and questions:
Thu, 20 February 2020
This week we talk about Project Healing Waters and the amazing things it has done for veterans with both physical and mental issues due to their service. Over 8,000 veterans have been introduced to the healing properties of nature and fly fishing in this program, with hundreds of chapters throughout the country and thousands of volunteers. Todd Desgrosseilliers, decorated Marine veteran and a beneficiary of this program personally, is now the president of Project Healing Waters and he talks frankly about his experiences as a participant and then as an administrator. Learn about the program and how you can get involved, whether you are a veteran in need of healing or as a possible volunteer.
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions and tips:
Thu, 13 February 2020
Interview starts at 51:28
This week’s podcast is a spirited discussion with Dr. Andy Danylchuk, Professor of Fish Conservation at UMass Amherst, Science Advisor for Keep Fish Wet (www.keepemwet.org) and Research Fellow for Bonefish Tarpon Trust. My question to Andy was about the effectiveness of catch-and-release as a conservation tool, and as always when talking with a scientist it depends on your definitions. Like “What is conservation?” and predictably that varies with a person’s values and experiences. I thought it was a thought-provoking conversation and hope you do was well.
In the Fly Box this week, we have these questions and tips:
Direct download: Is_Catch-and-Release_an_Effective_Conservation_Tool.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT
Thu, 6 February 2020
Interview segment begins at 43:02
The Fly Box this week is a little different. This one was recorded live at The Fly Fishing Show in Edison New Jersey. Rather than telling you what kinds of questions were asked (none of which were prompted or ones I had heard beforehand) I’ll let you discover these on your own. You never know what might happen in New Jersey…
Thu, 23 January 2020
Being a camera gear geek, I was delighted to interview Chris Niccolls (interview starts at 47:16) of DP Review TV. (If you are also a camera geek, you probably read DP Review regularly.) Chis is a photography teacher as well as a video star, has worked in camera shops, and currently works in a fly shop in Calgary. In the interview, he gives some fantastic tips on how to take better fish and fishing pictures in both the video and still formats. He also suggests some brands and models of phones, cameras, and drones that he feels are best suited for fishing photography. I know I learned a whole mess of new tricks for taking better fishing pictures, and I am sure you will, too.
In the Fly Box, we cover plenty of topics that may help answer questions you have had about fly fishing:
Direct download: From_Phones_to_Drones-_Taking_better_pictures_on_the_water.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EDT
Sat, 18 January 2020
I get frequent requests for suggestions on what fly-fishing literature to read during these long winter nights when you want to enjoy fly fishing but don’t want to snuggle up to something lighter. I invited David Van Wie (interview starts at 45:10), author of the recently published book Storied Waters—subtitled “35 Fabled Fly Fishing Destinations and the Writers and Artists Who Made The Famous”—to share with me his favorite writers and books. It is pretty much an eastern-oriented tour of these books, but don’t worry. I have an idea for someone to do a similar podcast on western North America writers on a future podcast so stay tuned.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and suggestions from listeners—and one who slapped my hands:
Thu, 9 January 2020
Tired of crowded trout streams? Looking for a new fish to catch on a fly rod that will give you a tussle and challenge your skills? Look no further than the white bass, which is a common fish in many parts of the US, from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi drainage and has even been introduced into some western lakes. My friend Jim Weatherwax is a white bass fanatic (he also fishes for wipers in the same waters, which are a freshwater sterile hybrid of a white bass and a striped bass) and offers solid advice on where to find these great fish, what tackle to use, and best techniques to catch them. Warmwater fish like this are great ways to spread out the fishing pressure that we all experience from time to time.
We have a long fly box this week, with lots of interesting questions and tips from listeners, including: