Fri, 26 August 2022
I get a lot of questions from listeners on how to get kids into fly fishing--what's the right rod outfit, what species to go after, how to structure (or not structure) a day on the water, what resources are available, and how to instill a sense of ethics and conservation in kids. My guest this week is an expert on the subject. Marsha Benovengo [40:20] is state chair of New Jersey Trout Unlimited, and this year she received the coveted Mortensen Award from TU for her volunteer service and dedication. She has a host of great tips for guiding kids through their fly-fishing education.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and tips from listeners, including:
I noticed trout living in a polluted pond near a garnet quarry. Don't trout always live in completely pristine water?
I have a kink in my fly line that I can't remove. Do you have any tips on getting it out?
What do you do to help your feet after a day of wet wading?
Can I travel with fly rods in a duffel bag?
A tip from a listener on using Lycra dive socks for wet wading How exactly do you check the balance on a fly rod?
Does Tom ever get to fish anymore?
How can I get more distance when surf fishing for snook?
I am doing well using Euro-style jig flies with an indicator and a standard 9-foot 5-weight rod.
Would I be even more successful with a Euro rod? And how do they fish dry flies with those 10-foot 3-weight rods?
Should I attach my nymphs with a loop knot?
How can I fish a high mountain lake with extensive weed beds?
Would my 12-year-old son be better off with a double taper line than the weight-forward line he is currently using?
A great story from a listener in Sweden who has a friend that has caught 100 species of fish native to Sweden, all on fly tackle.
Will fishing my "cold water" Bank Shot line in warm water and air temperatures damage the line?
How can I clean some peacock feathers I got from a friend?
How can I keep my fly lower in the water column when swinging streamers for smallmouth bass?
I have a small spring on my property and would like to see if it will hold trout. Should I dig it out and clean out all the willows around it?
Direct download: getting_kids_into_flyfishing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EDT
Fri, 19 August 2022
Want to know how a bamboo fly rod is made? How long it takes to make one? How many different hands touch an Orvis bamboo fly rod before you (and your children and grandchildren) become its lucky owner. And finally, what's so great about bamboo fly rods? How are they different from fiberglass and graphite, and what will they do for you on the water? This week I interview Orvis bamboo fly rod craftsman Shawn Brillon [45:09], who loves to talk bamboo rods as much as he enjoys making and fishing them.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and tips from listeners, including:
I could catch rising trout in one part of a pool, but when I moved 50 meters upstream I couldn't catch any. What was going on?
How do I determine the correct size leader if I am going from a single size 16 fly to a hopper or multiple nymph rig?
What are your thoughts on weed guards on flies?
I caught a dragonfly on my elk hair caddis. Am I the first?
I hooked a trout in the corner of the mouth and even with a barbless hook it bled and looked like it would die. Would it have been better if I left the fly in the fish?
I have been fishing with an 8-weight shooting head outfit for striped bass and halibut. I want to catch corbina but I hear they are spooky. Do you think my 8-weight is too heavy?
I keep seeing these large fish rising in a heavily pressured river but can't catch them on any multi-fly rig. What can I do to fool these fish?
What do you do to stay in shape for fishing?
What are the advantages of a big dry fly over a bobber?
Does bead size really matter regarding attractiveness to trout? And is there a seasonality to what color beads you should use?
I have been catching catfish on a fly. Does anyone else do this and is it a "thing" or is it bycatch?
I went to Banff to fish and they required that all my tackle, including lines and leaders, could not have been used for 45 days and had to be cleaned and treated. What do you think about the potential for things like lines and leaders to transfer invasive species?
Direct download: all_about_bamboo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am EDT
Fri, 12 August 2022
My guest this week is Cameron Mortensen of The Fiberglass Manifesto [51:24]. Cam is one of the most knowledgeable anglers when it comes to fiberglass fly rods. I know a lot of listeners are curious about glass rods, and so we can to answer the questions: What is the history of fiberglass rods? How do modern ones compare to the older styles? What are the advantages of fiberglass rods? What are the drawbacks of fiberglass rods? What are the new 4-piece Orvis Superfine Glass rods like? If you've been curious about trying a fiberglass fly rod, I hope this podcast answers some of your questions.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some thought-provoking questions, tips, and complaints, including:
What are the benefits of a strip set, and what is happening at the end of the line?
When should I use the strip set?
Should I buy an 8-weight or a 9-weight for a combination of saltwater and largemouth bass?
Why do largemouth bass follow my fly and not take it? Why don't people use duck-quill-wing wet flies anymore?
A listener takes Tom to task for making fun of Tenkara fishing
A guide makes a plea for clients to practice their casting before a day of fishing.
I have some 50-year-old flies that look to be in good shape and the hooks are not rusty. Do you think the hooks are still good and won't break?
A listener asks for advice between a 7- or 8-weight rod for bass and carp.
If the mono in my poly leader gets too short, should I cut back the coating to try to expose more of the core?
A tip on using crushed material from inside desiccant packages for a fly flotant
Do some fly tiers get royalties on the patterns they designed?
I see bass splashing up against the shore and logs. Are they chasing baitfish, and if so, how do I catch them?
How do I get the curl out of my leader when fishing big flies?
I had two 9-foot, 5-weight rods break in the same place, a half inch from the tip. What do you think happened?
What does Tom do when he gets frustrated and his casting mechanics break down?
Direct download: All_about_fiberglass_fly_rods_with_Cam_Mortensen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am EDT
Thu, 4 August 2022
This week, my guest is guide and author Matt Supinski [51:36], one of the most innovative thinkers in fly fishing with a long history in the business. The topic is selectivity, which Matt wrote an entire book about a few years ago. What is selectivity in fish feeding, is it always operating, why does it happen, and how can we use it to our advantage when fishing? It’s a fascinating topic and one Matt and I explore in depth.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and comments, including:
Do longer rods roll cast better than shorter ones? And do slower rods roll cast better?
Can I use one of those yarn practice rods to fine tune my double haul?
Why can I only find lead split shot? Isn’t it bad for the environment?
Who were your “media heroes” when growing up?
Do the vibrations from car-top rod carriers damage rods?
A listener takes me to task for suggesting people use a throat pump to see what trout are eating.
Why do trout sometimes not respond to heavy hatches?
The smallmouth bass in my local streams are quite small. Why don’t they grow bigger?
How can I catch trout in a small stream that runs into a local pond?
What can I do to make stripers on the flats take my flies? They keep following but don’t commit.
Why do fly shop employees get paid such a low wage?
Does green-colored tippet material offer any advantage?
How can I improve my dexterity and efficiency when tying knots on the water?
Can I use a reel suitable for an 8-weight line on my 5-weight rod?
Direct download: selectivity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT