Wed, 9 March 2022
Josh Nugent of Out Fly Fishing in Calgary has been doing a series of “Seven Deadly Sins” podcasts with me over the past couple of years and this one is chock full of great advice [38:38]. Josh is a very preceptive angler and thinks deeply about how flies behave in the water and how trout react to them, and in the interview we go off on a number of tangents—all interesting and all about nymph fishing—and all of them with great advice on how to make your indicator nymphing game more fun and productive.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great tips and questions from listeners, including:
A terrific tip on why tying tube flies is a great way to get kids started
What kind of other storage systems does Tom use around his roll-top desk?
Where can I learn more about fly fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass?
What do you suggest for preventing cutoffs by chain pickerel?
Can I use sitka or axis deer, antelope, or goat hair for fly tying?
A great tip on replacing wing cases on smaller nymphs with a drop of UV cure resin Should I use my leader straightener?
Can I do longline French/Spanish nymphing with a two-handed rod?
How can I locate pinhole leaks ion my waders?
How do older series of rods compare to the modern ones? What is better about the more recent models?
I know your higher-end rods are made in Vermont, but where do the components come from?
Why do Americans shoot and kill birds?
What is a good two-line rotation for streamer fishing in Michigan? I
kept my fiberglass rod in a hot car and now I notice it has a kink in it. Could the hot car have been the reason?
Fri, 4 March 2022
This week my guest is Land Tawney [25:52], CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and we discuss recent issues regarding public access on rivers in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico. This is a timely topic, as public access advocates just won a big court victory in New Mexico (Phil please link to your blog post). I hope the podcast will get you up to speed on how stream access is handled by states, and I think you’ll see some positive news on all the great work Back Country Hunters and Anglers and other public access groups have been doing on our behalf. In the Fly Box this week, we have these questions and tips from listeners:
A tip from a listener on another natural material to use as a trailing shuck.
Is it wrong for me to ask a fly shop to let me test a fly line before I buy it?
How do you choose between using head cement or UV cure epoxy?
What do you think about using perfection loops to attach tippets instead of using a tippet ring?
What does Tom research before fishing new water?
A tip from a listener about another way to organize fly-tying materials.
A request for a podcast on tying classic salmon flies.
A listener expresses his disappointment in my not mentioning organizations like Casting for Recovery or Project Healing Waters in a discussion on the spiritual nature of fly fishing.