Fri, 29 July 2022
This week, my guest is captain Drew Price [56:13], an expert on fishing large, multi-story, multi-species lakes. Drew has pioneered methods of catching unusual and fascinating freshwater fish like bowfin, gar, and freshwater drum. He also loves to fish for trout, bass, and carp but there are days on his home water, Lake Champlain, when those popular fish may not cooperate. And it's fun to fill your life list with new species, some of which may live in your own back yard. If you're looking for a new challenge, want to escape summer's crowded trout rivers--or if your rivers are too warm--learn about how you can fish large lakes for all kinds of cool fish.
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of thought-provoking questions, including:
What should I pack for my trip to Alaska, and how should I pack my waders?
Why did they use heaver stuff, like size 8 wet flies and 3X leaders, back in the 1930s through 1950s?
Why am I missing brown and rainbow trout striking my leech pattern?
Why am I missing small cutthroat trout on my dry flies?
I see large brown trout very close to me in a heavily fished river, but they won't take any of my flies. Are they spooked?
Tips from a listener on how to store rods and other tackle Why do some rods not have hook keepers?
What fishing fiction do you recommend, beyond Big Two-Hearted River and A River Runs through It?
For fishing hopper patterns, should I go long and fine or short and heavy with my leader?
I caught some big rainbow trout but also saw some huge suckers in the same river. How can I catch those suckers on a fly?
Where is the best place to set down your rod and reel when switching flies or leaders?
If I see some debris on my nymph, should I clean it off?
How does the hard-sided Orvis stripping basket compare to collapsible mesh versions?
When I release trout, should I try to feed them mealworms or something to make up for them losing a meal?
Fri, 22 July 2022
This week, my guest is Capt. Benny Blanco of Islamorada, in the Florida Keys [37:38]. Benny talks about his life in the Keys and about how he came to realize that the fishery on which he made his living was threatened--and how he learned to make a difference. The Everglades will never be completely pristine again, but with people like Benny involved, it can regain much of its former glory. And it's not only the Everglades.
Restoration of the entire watershed will also help the world-class fisheries in Florida Bay, the health of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, and the drinking water supply of the 9 million people in South Florida. It's a study in best practices that people in any part of the world can learn from to protect their treasured resources.
In the Fly Box this week we have some lighter topics:
How long does it take for a fish to remove a hook that has been left in it? Is there much of a mortality rate?
How do you fish with friends on a small stream?
Great tips from a listener for making sure you don't leave any gear behind on a trip
What parts of my fly gear can be damaged in a hot car?
Have you ever tried a "dry dropper" arrangement with a popper when fishing for striped bass?
Why are most imitations of mayflies so small?
If I am used to fishing small streams, how can I read the water in a big flat piece of water in a big river?
When fishing multiple flies, should I use a weaker knot on the droppers so I don't lose my entire rig?
How do I set the hook when stillwater fishing?
When fishing three flies at once, I foul hook a lot of trout. How can I prevent that?
Thu, 14 July 2022
This week, my guest is longtime guide, fly shop owner, journalist, musician, and all-around great guy Jim McLennan [40:26]. Jim is a thoughtful fly fisher who always has solid tips on fly-fishing techniques, and this week we talk about mayfly spinners—their mysteries, how to identify when they are active, and how to target trout feeding on them. Mayfly spinner falls are some of the best opportunities to catch large trout on a dry fly because trout gorge on them and sometimes get stupid, so it pays to have some intelligence on taking advantage of these opportunities. And this is a timely podcast because in most parts of the country, we are about to get into the prime season for the tiny Trico spinners.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some intriguing questions and tips from listeners, including:
Why can I do to prevent my mono eyes from breaking on my tarpon flies?
How do I clean my saltwater flies after a trip so they aren’t all mangled?
Can I use more than one subsurface fly with a dry-dropper rig?
How can I fish a deep plunge pool with a dry-dropper?
I have broken a bunch of rods in the past couple years. Is it due to my bad casting?
Some great tips from a relatively new angler on where to get the best help and advice.
What is a good way to enjoy a fly-fishing trip with a young family?
How can I break into writing stories and poems about fly fishing?
Is using a stomach (throat) pump unethical, and is it looked down upon by other fly fishers?
A tip for using neoprene socks when wet wading
In the short and long term, what do you expect the results of the Yellowstone flood will be?
Direct download: Tips_for_fishing_mayfly_spinners_with_Jim_McLennan.mp3
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Thu, 7 July 2022
You may have never heard of redeye bass or seen one. Yet they are a wonderful fly-rod fish. They live in spectacular, clear mountain streams and take a fly very well. They’re mainly found in the deep South, particularly in Alabama, so they’re a great fly-rod target in places where you would not ordinarily think of fly fishing. They’re a native species that deserve more visibility from the fly-fishing community and my guest, Matthew Lewis [44:27], is perhaps the world expert on fly fishing for them.
In the fly box this week, we have some interesting questions and great tips from listeners, including:
What percentage of the time do trout in lakes feed on the surface?
What is a go-to fly for late summer fishing on small streams?
What can I do to prevent foul-hooking so many fish? And when I hook a trout in the belly, is it sure to die?
Do oils from our hands harm trout?
Do you have some general rules of thumb for how rain affects fly fishing?
I am using wide gape hooks and missing a lot of small brook trout. Is it the hook that’s my problem?
I saw some large brown trout in shallow water around spawning season and could not get them to take a fly. What can I do?
What do you think of the Double Davy Knot?
A listener shares a killer nymph pattern he developed.
When I practice casting, why does the end of my leader fray and my fly line loop come apart?
Do you ever guide?
I fish a stream with rainbow trout, and for the first six months of the season I can’t find them. Where do they go?
How much less backing fits on a spool when I use 30-pound backing instead of 20-pound?
Are the natural materials we use for fly tying from ethically treated animals?
Sun, 3 July 2022
This week my guest is Paul Bruun [39:50], a legendary figure in fly fishing who has been involved with the fly-fishing world even longer than me.
On Thursday, June 30th, he received the Izaak Walton Award from the American Museum of Fly fishing for a lifetime of contributions to our sport. Paul is a guide, writer, newspaperman, and he developed the famous South Fork Skiff, which has recently been resurrected and redesigned by the famous Adipose Boatworks Company in Montana. Paul is a wonderful storyteller and he tells us about what it was like to learn fly fishing in South Florida in the 1960s—not an easy task!
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and suggestions from listeners, including:
I am too slow in striking to small mountain trout. Is there a way I can fix that?
A listener alerts us to a water issue on an Oregon tailwater
A listener is confused by the differences in pound test and diameter on leader butts and wants to know if there is a rule-of-thumb for the correct leader butt section.
Do you think the studs on my wading boots are spooking trout?
Do trout in different micro-habitats in the same river choose different insects?
How small of a river is too small to use trout spey equipment? And should I use a Scandi or Skagit setup?
Is it useful to be able to cast with either your right or left hand?
I see larger fish suspended a foot from the surface over deep water. What are they doing there?
A listener suggests that a previous question about not being able to hook rising trout during a caddis hatch may have been due to mountain whitefish, which have a much smaller mouth than trout.
I am getting lost flies and a pigtail at the end of my leader when using a clinch knot. What should I do? Is there a better knot?
What is the best way to store fly rods in their tubes?