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?