Thu, 29 July 2021
This week my guest is David Coggins [42:24], author of the new book The Optimist, A Case for the Fly Fishing Life. David is a traditionalist and I give him some good-natured ribbing about being an anachronism, but David handles it well and tells some great stories as well.
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of questions and tips from listeners, including:
What is the best way to tie a fly for gar and how do I fish for them?
Why did I foul hook two trout in a row on dry flies?
What kind of rum do you prefer?
A great tip from a listener that rubber soles on wading shoes are far preferable to felt in the snow.
A tip from a listener that when urban fly fishing, make sure you look behind you as many people don't know you are flinging a hook through the air.
Do I need to worry about my rod and reel in a car-top carrier in the hot Georgia sun?
A tip from a listener on using heavier nymph hooks on foam dry flies to keep them from tipping over.
A listener asks me my preferences in fly-tying vise brands.
A listener asks about Orvis' commitment to diversity and climate activism and asks why we don't have a government relations office.
A suggestion from a listener for developing self-bailing waders
Why did I see a bunch of smallmouth bass jumping out of the water like crazy when there was not an insect hatch?
What can I do if I don't like a loop-to-loop connection on my leader?
How do I fish a bass popper in a fast-flowing river?
How can I get my crayfish pattern deeper?
Direct download: The_Optimist_with_Dave_Coggins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT
Fri, 23 July 2021
In our campaign to take pressure off our over-stressed trout rivers during this hot, dry summer I figured a great topic would be how to find carp fishing spots. Not every place that holds carp is conducive to fly fishing, but when you find the right spot, you'll find endlessly fascinating opportunities to catch these often difficult gamefish that will test your drag like no other freshwater fish (besides steelhead and salmon). So I enlisted Dan Frasier [46:00] to talk about how to find the best carp spots, when and where to target them, how to present the fly, and how to determine when a carp has eaten your fly. Carp are tough and resilient and you don't need to worry about hurting them, no matter how warm the water temperature. Next to trout, they're the most interesting fish to chase in fresh water and the closest you'll get to saltwater flats fishing without leaving home. In the Fly Box this week, as usual we have some great questions and tips from listeners, including: Do certain trout get acclimated to either very high or low temperature regimes? Why do I foul hook a lot of fish when Euro nymphing? Why does my Euro rig break above the tippet ring? A casting tip using the analogy of a tomato on a stick Does Orvis have a secret warehouse full of older discontinued products? How can I keep track of tiny emergers in the surface film? Do you recommend felt soles or rubber with cleats for wading boots? When fishing for panfish, does having an indicator on the leader hinder my presentation when I strip the fly? Why are my surgeon's knots breaking when using 10-pound test for panfish? What is the difference between regular CDC and CDC puffs? Some tips from a listener on traveling with fly-fishing gear Is it OK to hold a fly rod on the blank above the grip when playing a large fish? A tip from a listener on using a lint roller to keep the fly-tying desk clean Is there any reason to put fly dressing on a yarn strike indicator? Will my freshwater reels work OK in salt water? Why do my foam dry flies sometimes land upside-down?
Direct download: Save_the_trout_Fish_for_Carp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03pm EDT
Fri, 16 July 2021
This week we continue our exploration of Trout in Trouble, specifically in Montana. Pat Byorth [52:56], Montana Fish Commissioner [52:56], and I discuss the current decline of brown trout in southwest Montana, what you should do if you fish there during this hot, low-water year, and what the future may hold. He'll give some good advice on being a responsible angler during this tough period.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions, comments, and tips, including:
Direct download: Are_Montanas_Trout_in_Trouble_With_Pat_Byorth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am EDT
Fri, 9 July 2021
This week I am delighted to have biologist John McMillan back as my guest. John gives us a detailed view on the affect of water temperature on a trout's metabolism, particularly at the upper end of their safe range. In this summer of low flows and high water temperatures nearly everywhere in North America, it's a critical topic. And as usual, John puts his critical eye on how we, as anglers, can mitigate these effects by changing our fishing behavior. John is never without optimism, and I think you'll enjoy his discussion and learn more about trout biology and how we can be more responsible anglers.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and tips from listeners:
Direct download: How_does_water_temperature_affect_trout_behavior.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EDT
Thu, 1 July 2021
This week I have no guest interview but a ton of questions waiting in the podcast mailbox so I did an all-Fly Box podcast to catch up on questions. By popular demand, I've started to recommend some books on the podcast. This week I recommend my three favorite books on trout biology and natural history.
In the long Fly Box this week, we have these great questions and tips from listeners:
Direct download: An_all_Fly-Box_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT