Thu, 29 September 2022
Anyone involved in the world of fly fishing knows that young people are getting involved at a rate greater than any time in its history. Why? What do they want out of fly fishing, why does it appeal to them, and what do they see as the future of fly fishing? This is Part two of a podcast series where I interview young people about these questions, and this week my guest is a college student, Lukas Draugelis [37:14], president of the University of Vermont Fly-fishing Club—a very vibrant organization.
In the Fly Box this week we some great questions, as well as a bit of humor, including:
I get my fly line, rod tip, net, and flies stuck in trees and bushes, sometimes at the same time. Does this happen to anyone else?
How do bursts of rain and muggy days affect fly fishing? How about barometric pressure?
I have never seen a good hatch on a river. What kinds of environmental cues trigger a hatch?
What grain weight should I put on a fiberglass rod that calls for a 5/6 line?
What does the term “boat rod” mean in fly fishing?
I fish a wild trout stream with numerous small fish with the biggest around 14 inches.
How many and what size can I safely harvest?
Any tips on how to make my first casts in a pool as good as the ones I may 15 minutes later when I am “warmed up”?
How can I avoid foul hooking fish, and am I killing fish that I foul hook?
What does a fish sound like when it is spooked?
If I came fly fishing with you on small streams, what rod, leader, and flies would you be using?
Is there a good way to make an adjustable dropper on a dry/dropper rig?
Direct download: young_people_part_two.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT
Thu, 22 September 2022
This week, my guest is Austin Boswell [37:57], owner and guide for Eastern Oregon River Outfitters. I wanted to talk to Austin because I'm doing a two-part series on why young people are suddenly getting into fly fishing after many years of it being mostly an older person's pastime. I got into fly fishing at a young age, but in those days all the fly fishers I knew were older, and today we're seeing a great influx of young people taking up the sport. Why? I don't have any answers so for the next two podcasts I am going to be interviewing two fly fishers under the age of 30 to find out why it is so intriguing to them.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and comments, including:
I found my fly line wrapped over itself on my reel. How did that happen and how can I prevent it?
My normally easy-to-approach brook trout have become really spooky in the low water of summer. Will they be easier once the water levels come back up? Is my fly line scaring them and what can I do?
How long do felt soles last?
When did Orvis stop impregnating bamboo rods and why?
A great quote on harvesting fish by blogger and author Bill Robichaud
Is there a standard for reel foot sizing?
Are the reel feet different in different-sized reels?
What taper model are the various Recon models based on?
Why do my Chubby Chernobyl flies not float well?
Do trout eat woolly bear caterpillars?
How do I cast an open loop when using indicators or dry droppers?
Why do caddis flies and midges have a pupa stage and mayflies don't?
How do I mix dubbings with different textures in a coffee grinder?
Direct download: young_people_part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EDT
Sat, 17 September 2022
We all get occasional aches and pains from casting, or as we get older we worry about getting them. Dr. Jason Smith [51:14] is an expert in sports medicine and has worked with many professional athletes in developing routines from strengthening muscles and connective tissue. He has some great advice on avoiding casting injuries, types of therapy to alleviate the pain of these issues, and also some easy exercises to avoid injury in the future. Fly fishing is supposed to be fun and any way we can take the pain out of it is welcome advice.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some controversy and some great questions, including:
If I am fishing an articulated fly in a place where only a single hook is allowed by law, should I cut off the back hook or the front hook?
I’ve tried night fishing without any success. What do you suggest?
If I am using a dropshot rig in very deep, fast water, how many split shot is too many?
A tip from a listener about a great suggestion for casting he got from George Daniel
If I am fishing two or three flies, is there any rule as to where I should place my heaviest fly?
I only have a 5-weight and a 10-weight rod and I want to fish for bass.
Can I use my 10-weight for bass fishing?
It’s still hard to reconcile catch-and-release fishing for ecological reasons with a carbon footprint from cross-country trips. And I heard that there is at least an 11% mortality rate in catch-and-release fishing.
Do trout eat whirligig beetles and water striders? And what do they tell me about a trout stream?
How should I adjust my fishing tactics when it rains?
I fish a catch-and-release pond with picky fish and heavy fishing pressure. If no one fished this pond for a year, would the trout get less selective?
A listener takes me to task for saying I try to avoid fishing for stocked trout. And then asks me what I would do if I lived in an urban area where there were only put-and-take fisheries for trout.
A listener is confused by the different sizes of aquatic insects and asks if the same ones hatch in different sizes.
A physicist weighs in on how to stalk trout, knowing how the physics of refraction works.
A listener gives me a list of the rods he owns and asks if there is something missing in his arsenal, especially for small streams.
Direct download: preventing_injuries.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT
Thu, 8 September 2022
Catch-and-release fishing for trout is not a conservation tool. It’s a way to manage trout populations for larger fish, based mainly on sociological or even political pressures. Sometimes it doesn’t even produce larger fish, and it can backfire when it inflames local anglers. Tim Traver [38:50], author of Lost in the Driftless, has spent years studying the effects of fishing regulations on both fish and human populations and I think your eyes will open to the limitations of regulations like “fly-fishing only” or “catch-and-release”.
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of interesting questions and comments from listeners, including:
What can I do to avoid crowds on a heavily pressured eastern trout stream?
What is the best way to carry a net when using a sling bag?
A listener has some great comments on why bamboo rods are so special.
Why am I consistently breaking off large brown trout using 6X tippet?
If I don’t have a fishing backpack or vest, how can I carry a net?
How can I fish very fast water effectively with a dry dropper rig?
If most fish food is dull colored, why do we use so many wild colors in our flies?
A listener makes some great points on why fishing close to home is desirable.
A physicist weighs in on what a trout can see from underwater.
Can I effectively Euro-nymph with my 9-foot, 5-inch Blackout rod?
What are some good uses for squirrel tail in fly tying?
What is everyone doing in the northeast for fly fishing during the drought?
Direct download: When_Catch-and-Release_Doesnt_Work_with_Tim_Traver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT
Fri, 2 September 2022
My guest this week is Sean Carey [48:31], drummer and keyboard player for the indie folk band Bon Iver, who also records solo work as S Carey. Sean has been fly fishing for many years, beginning when he was in high school, and we spend a lot of time discussing the concept of “growing where you were planted” or learning the pleasures of discovering fly fishing close to home. And of course we talk about how fly fishing has influenced his song writing, and also what the theoretical difference might be in the way a classically trained musician approaches fly fishing as opposed to the way a jazz musician might. At the end of the podcast is a special treat—a recording of his song “Yellowstone” (but no it’s not a fishing song even though we all associate that area with fishing).
In the Fly Box this week, we have a bunch of thought-provoking questions from listeners, including:
If I can see a fish in the water, does that mean it can see me? Or does a trout’s “window” work in reverse?
What do you think of tying the dropper onto the eye of the dry fly instead of the bend when using a dry-dropper rig?
Are those rock dams that people make in streams bad for trout?
What is your opinion of Jack’s Knot?
Will Tenkara fishing work on small, clear spring creeks? W
hy does the Crackleback fly work?
If I have a bunch of old reels with lines on them, can a fly shop tell me what size they are?
What kind of additional flies and gear do I need when moving form smallmouth bass fishing to tailwater trout fishing?
What do you do for protection in bear and cougar country?
What is your preferred method for fishing a nymph under an indicator?
I got an H3 rod as a gift and I don’t feel I am good enough to use it yet. What do you think about this?
Shawn Brillon gives me the answers on four questions about bamboo rods as a follow-up to his recent podcast
Would my 10-foot 7-weight rod be OK for bonefishing in the Turks and Caicos?
Bass keep throwing my heavy cone-head streamers when they jump. Would keeping tension on them when they jump prevent this?
How do you know what rod size to use?
How do you know what tippet size to use?
Direct download: fishing_close_to_home_bon_iver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EDT