Sat, 27 November 2021
There is nothing more magnificent than a wild steelhead on the fly but because of poor returns this season fishing for them will be limited. That's no reason, though, to park your fly rods in the garage. The PNW has some alternative species that although are not native, they are a worthy target on a fly rod: carp and smallmouth bass. And they're not going away so we might as well enjoy them. Join my guest Kelsey Rosborough [52:15] from the Orvis Outfitter Team (those knowledgeable folks who answer your technical questions when you call, e-mail, or chat about fishing products) as he tells us where to find these fun fish and how to target them.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and great tips from listeners, including:
How can I stop crowding the heads when tying flies?
Where does the saying "bright day-bright fly, dark day-dark fly" come from and is there any scientific basis to it?
Why do I get left with curly ends when tying a clinch knot?
My fly line always gets tangled when walking from one spot to another. How do I fix that?
Should I expect spawning striped bass/white bass hybrids in inlets to a lake?
Recommendations from a listener in Sweden about how to stay warm when fishing in the winter.
How long is too long when playing a fish?
What is the right balance between not horsing them in and getting them in quickly?
How long does a typical fly last?
What do other people do regarding fly-fishing journals? Does Tom keep one?
Two tips from a listener on handling wires when tying flies
A listener in Australia wonders why he has more success with an Elk Hair Caddis than an X-Caddis
Thu, 18 November 2021
This week my guest is Charlie Robinton [52:00], one of the experts from the Orvis Outfitter team (the people who answer your technical questions when you call, chat, or e-mail). Charlie is an expert in California fishing, and he gives us a grand tour of northern California rivers and what to expect when you plan a fishing trip there. Lots of solid information form a lifelong fly fisher and California native.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great tips and questions from listeners (as well as a complaint), including:
Is there a way to determine what size fly line is best on an unmarked rod at home?
What is your advice on fishing stocked-only streams?
Can I practice my double haul with the Practi-Caster?
A listener takes me to task for saying on a previous podcast that if I were back in the 1880s and had the choice of whether or not to stock brown trout, would I do it?
As well as avoiding reds during the spawning season, shouldn't we take care not to step on them throughout the winter?
Any advice for fishing for carp in moving water?
I forgot my leader and had to fish with just a couple pieces of tippet material, 3X and 5X. What would you have done?
How does the time of day and the moon phase affect trout fishing? I am fishing large bass flies and have little back cast room. Any advice?
I can't catch fish on beetle imitations. Any advice?
What advice do you have for someone who is used to small streams and wants to fish big water?
Why don't saltwater guides use nets?
Thu, 11 November 2021
This week my guest is Orvis-endorsed guide Erica Nelson [36:12]. Erica gives us tips on how to hire a guide, how to find the right guide, how to manage expectations with a guide, how to tip a guide, and what to do if your guide trip is a disaster. In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and comments, including: Can I use the 10-foot, 3-weight Recon rod for both Euro nymphing and small-stream trout fishing? What has Tom learned lately? Has he had any "aha" moments? A listener makes the point that the overharvest of menhaden, a valuable forage fish, threatens our saltwater gamefish populations on the Atlantic Coast, and gives a great book recommendation on the topic. A listener asks if he should consider the shorter 8-weight Blackout rod for a wide variety of fishing situations. Thoughts from a listener on the value of native fish populations A suggestion from a listener on two items every fly fisher who goes off the grid should carry I had a rainbow trout nose my fly and slap the fly with its tail six times. Why did the fish do that?
Fri, 5 November 2021
Everyone should experience Alaska at least once in their lifetime, and if you are a fly fisher it is a place like no other. But there are different seasons, even during their short summer, and if you have your heart set on a particular species you need to pay attention to the timing of your trip. Reed Teuscher [32:21] is one of 14 people in our Outfitter Group, full-time Orvis experts who handle your fly fishing questions when you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 888-709-4732, or when you use the chat on our web site. This team includes guides, past Orvis retail store fishing managers, and other experts. You're not reaching a random call center, you're connecting with experts in the field who understand fly-fishing conditions and tackle. Reed was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, earning his fly fishing stripes chasing trout on Willamette Valley rivers and their tributaries. After relocating to central Oregon, chasing steelhead on the North Umpqua and Deschutes rivers honed his passion for 2-handed rods. Having now been in the fly fishing industry for almost 2 decades, 2 ½ of those with Orvis, he’s chased fish around a good portion of the world. Besides working in and running fly shops, he’s guided in the Pacific NW, western NY, and Alaska. I
n the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions from listeners, including:
Is casting a 10-foot, 3-weight Euro nymphing rod with a dry fly different from other fly casting?
If I am not very tall, should I consider a longer Euro nymphing rod because I can't wade as deep as some people?
How do you measure leaders and tippets?
When fishing a dry dropper, what is the percentage of fish caught on the dry as opposed to the dropper?
Why does Orvis no longer make one-piece fly rods?
What should I do when I see people keeping undersized striped bass?
Are bluefish declining?
Any thoughts on using tube flies?
How do I figure out fly sizes when picking them out of my box?
When is the best time to use a blood knot instead of a triple surgeon's?
When you only catch small fish in a spot, is it because they are easier to catch or because you are just fishing a spot where there are only small fish?
How can I stay off brook trout redds in the fall?
When fishing a dry dropper rig in a stream with brook and brown trout, I only catch brookies on the nymph but catch both brown and brook trout on the dry. Why is that?
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