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
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