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The Orvis Fly-Fishing 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, 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?


Are "bait chuckers" seen throughout the country or is it just my local fishing culture in Iowa? And what are some ways to help them see the beauty in fly fishing?


I have a bunch of old fly lines and rods. How do I figure out what line sizes I have?

What really matters when I stare into my fly box? What attributes do you look for and how do you rank them?


How often before you decide to switch flies?


How do I gauge the size of my hen hackles when tying soft hackles?

Direct download: Washington_State_and_the_Driftless_Region_of_the_Midwest.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

[Rachel Therkildsen interview 36:25]
[Brett Damm interview 1:04:52]

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.
 
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions:
I use mostly streamers in high mountain lakes.  Should I be using nymphs and dries?

Is there a good resource for organizing my fly boxes?

Are there any podcast episodes on panfish?

A suggestion from a listener on wearing a wetsuit when fly fishing.

Do you have any tips on how to fish difficult waters?

I think carp are eating blueback herring spawn on my local river.  Do you have any suggestions on how to catch them?

Can I fish emergers upstream?

If I take my new Mission rod to Florida to fish deep channels, when should I use a Scandi line and when should I use a Skagit line?

Is it OK to carry two rods with different rigs to maximize fishing time?

Is it OK to leave my wading boots wet for a day or two.  I always dry them but do I need to do it every day?

If I plan to use my Euro nymphing rod for more conventional fishing, should I overline the rod?

 
 

[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:
  • Can I fish steelhead with a single-handed rod?  I can't find any information on it.
  • What type of stream bottom is best for rubber with metal studs on the soles, and what type is best with just rubber soles?
  • How can I find small wild trout spring creeks in the Northeast?
  • My flies don't look as good as the ones I buy in a fly shop?  Should I still fish with them even if the bodies do not have as nice a taper or the wings are too long?
  • Does it matter where I put the rubber legs on my panfish flies?
  • A suggestion on how to hold onto big trout when they jump
  • If a fish in a certain feeding lie gets caught every week, will it move away or will it just become harder to catch?
  • What is the best knot for tying a light tippet to a hopper imitation?
  • A tip from a physical therapist who has developed an Instagram channel on mobility and strengthening articles just for fly fishers 
  • Which H3 rod would be best for trout streamers and fairly large bass?
  • What is the difference between a good and a really great fly fisher?
Direct download: Advanced_Carp_Techniques_with_Dan_Frasier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

[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:
  • Further warnings on UV cure epoxy vapors
  • How do I keep my fly tying organized in a small apartment with a wife, dog, and cat?
  • Can I use steelhead swinging techniques for skating a caddis when trout fishing?
  • How do I learn Euro nymphing?
  • How can I find and catch bigger trout than the 12-inchers I usually catch?
  • Are there any advanced courses to improve my skills in fly fishing?
  • More tips from a fishing guide about how to improve a client's experience
  • Will a very hot car in Texas damage any of my fly-fishing gear?
  • I lose trout when they jump.  What can I do to prevent this?
  • Why didn't you mention Strike Putty in your TV show on using indicators?
  • I caught a trout and got slime on my fly, then the fly didn't work afterward.  Does slime on a fly scare off trout?
Direct download: Amazon_Jungle_Fishing_with_Ross_Purnell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

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