Thu, 28 October 2021
This week my guest is Steve Ramirez [41:24], author of the book Casting Forward and the upcoming book Casting Onward. Steve is an articulate and passionate writer, and in the podcast we talk about the philosophical and personal aspects of fishing for native species, in his beloved Texas Hill Country and beyond.
In the Fly Box, we have some terrific questions this week, including:
Can I use my 7'11" 8-weight rod with a 5/6 reel and a 7-weight line?
I can hook fish on streamers using a floating line, but when I fish a sinking line I get lots of strikes but no hookup. What am I doing wrong?
An angler tells a tale of woe after getting scammed trying to buy a fly rod from an online swap forum.
I keep hearing about people catching 20 and 30 fish in an outing. Why can't I do that?
You said you throw out all your old nylon tippet after a year. Do I need to do that with heavier mono and old unused leaders as well?
I need a heavier rod than my 5-weight for redfish, pike, bass, and carp. Is a 9-foot, 8-weight Recon the right rod?
I have trouble casting a 12-weight and need help with my strength. What can I do to make longer casts with this rod?
Why is Euro nymphing more effective than fishing the standard way with an indicator and split shot? Is it because you spook fewer fish?
Why do people say fly fishing is not like it used to be?
I use an 8 1/2 foot 4-weight for brook trout but want to try a lighter rod like a 2-weight or 3-weight.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to a lighter rod?
Where on a trout are the taste organs?
Thu, 21 October 2021
My guest this week is Peter Jenkins [33:40], longtime striper angler and owner of the Saltwater Edge Fly Shop, outside of newport, Rhode Island. Peter talks about the seven different seasons of striper fishing on the coast, and also about the plight of the striper populations in the Atlantic. It's still an awesome and productive fishery, however we know it could be even better with proper conservation measures. In the Fly Box this week, we have some thought-provoking questions and comments, including: A comment on the lack of small fly shops these days and the bewildering variety of equipment Do I want a Spey rod for shoreline fishing and smaller steelhead rivers? Do you think that trying different fly sizes is something that applies universally Should tiers have more than one fly-tying vise? Since most people fish nymphs these days and they catch more fish than other methods, should we be limiting the number of fish we catch and release> Is there ever a time when you should go a size or two larger on a fly? What feathers should I save from grouse, pheasants, and wild turkey? I lost two large rainbows because I had trouble handling my slack line. What can I do to prevent this?
Fri, 15 October 2021
Leigh H. Perkins, or LHP as he was known, was the driving force behind Orvis from 1965 into the 1990s and was a legendary marketing and outdoorsman. He passed away this summer and I wanted to interview some of his favorite guides and fishing buddies to give people a sense of what he was really like in the field [47:52]. He was fearless, always cheerful, and never had a bad day of fishing no matter what the conditions--a lesson for all of us. I hope you'll enjoy LHP stories from John Kowalski, Lori-Ann Murphy, and Rick Ruoff.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions, including:
Which kind of poly leader should I get?
How do I keep my hands warm when fly-fishing in the winter?
A new fly fisher shares stories of rudeness and kindness on the water
I have been fishing a variety of fly patterns on a North Georgia stream, all in size 14, and can't catch any fish. What am I doing wrong?
If I am catching whitefish and suckers, am I fishing in the right place? How do I sort out the trout from the whitefish and suckers?
Why are the trout that used to eat my black Woolly Bugger still striking at it but not connecting?
Can I fish tenkara-style with a standard fly rod?
Does Tom have any questions for the listeners?
Are species-specific fly lines any good or is it just marketing? I have some hooks that are marked as 2X long with a 2X extended gap. Aren't these just hooks that are one size larger?
Thu, 7 October 2021
My guest this week is Daniel Ritz [1:00:58], who recently completed the Master Caster level of the Western Native Trout Challenge. We talk about how he did it, what flies worked, and had a lot of discussion about what actually counts as a subspecies of trout. If you want to view his entire journey, it can be found at www.tu.org/magazine/author/daniel-ritz/
In the Fly Box this week, which was unusually long (either I talked too much or chose too many questions), we have these questions and tips:
Why does my line get twisted when I try to shoot line?
How do I know if the fly pattern I developed is really something new?
What would you recommend for a wing material on bonefish flies?
A question on exactly what hook shank measurements like 1X and 2X long mean, and what are they compared to?
Does a 10-foot 5 weight Recon have a softer tip or a heftier butt section as compared to shorter rods?
Is a 7-weight rod too light for pike fishing?
How do fall leaves in the water affect fishing and what should I do?
How do I get a non-weighted streamer deeper in the water column?
My old floating fly line has a tip that is sinking. Is there any way of fixing this?
Do brookies really drop down lower downstream in the fall after spawning?
I fish a small high-altitude stream and only catch small trout. Do you think there could be larger trout there?
What is a good step up from a cheapo fly-tying vise?
How do you gauge your speed on how fast to move in a small stream?
How do I catch the large trout in a small, clear stream with slow current? Is it ever appropriate not to tip a guide?
A transcript of this podcast will be available in approximately three weeks at howtoflyfish.orvis.com.
Thu, 30 September 2021
In this week's podcast, my guest is David Brooks [43:45], executive director of Montana Trout Unlimited. With prevailing drought conditions in the western United Sates and increased demand from many users, from agriculture to municipalities to recreational angling, how can we balance the use of water? David explains the difference between the riparian doctrine used mostly in the eastern United Sates, and the prior appropriation doctrine used in western states, and explains how users have come together to apportion water for human use and for keeping enough water in rivers to support healthy trout populations. It's not easy and often contentious but it's a fascinating issue and there is hope that with wise use of water by all stakeholders we can support ranchers, farmers, cities, and healthy trout populations.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and tips, including: