Fri, 30 December 2022
Ian Rutter [43:06] is a long-time guide in the Smokies and one of our top field testers. He specializes in small mountain creeks (as well as their local tailwaters) and because I have had numerous requests for a podcast on "Blue-lining" I wanted to get him on to get the views from someone who does this in the heart of wild mountain brook trout country. For those of you who don't know the term, blue-lining refers to looking for new small trout water on a map and then exploring it to see what it holds. It's part hiking, part fioshing, and part discovery.
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of tackle questions, some good tips from listeners, and some other technique related questions.
I was gifted a Helios 3 906F. What reel do you recommend for it?
I have a 7 ½ foot rod for panfish, a 4-weight for trout, and an 8-weight for steelhead and stripers. I want to fish streamers, redfish, and corbina. Should I get a 6-weight for that?
I have a Recon 10 foot 4-weight and a Blackout 11 foot 3-weight for Euro nymphing. What rod would you recommend for a standard trout rod for bigger rivers?
Can I catch smallmouth bass in stained water with trout techniques like big dries or a dry-dropper rig?
I have the opportunity to make my own bamboo rod. What length and line size do you recommend for small to medium0sized rivers? I listened to your podcast recommending a touch of parrafin on loose ferrules and thought I would do it later. On my next trip I broke my rod because of a loose ferrule and realized I should not have put it off. I see all these videos of people sight-fishing for trout but I almost never see them in the water myself. Should I practice spotting trout or is there something else I should do?
After reading the book Lords of the Fly by Monte Burke I decided I never want to fish for tarpon. And what do you think of guides who "discover" a spot and then claim it as their own and push other people out?
What is Tom's most memorable worst day of fishing?
What tips and tricks does Tom keep secret and not share with us?
Where does Orvis get its products. I know you make some of your rods but where does other tackle come from?
Fri, 23 December 2022
My guest this week, Sarah Baker [35:40] is a woman who has a job most of us would envy—she studies and manages the populations of wild, native brook trout in the mountains of northern Georgia. Learn more about these southernmost populations of brook trout, their life history, and where you can find them (no spot burning, just some general areas to investigate for yourself).
In the Fly Box this week, some great questions that range the spectrum of fly fishing, such as:
A listener is confused by recommendations for sinking lines for an Alaska trip
Can I tie flies smaller than size 18 with the regular jaws in my tying vise? Do I need to purchase midge jaws?
Someone told me not to use water-based head cement on size 20 and smaller flies. Why?
If I know I have a reasonable fly and good drifts, does it make sense to spend more than a half-dozen casts in one spot?
I am a newbie and other than the typical questions about what fly to use, what other questions should I ask in a fly shop that will be helpful?
If I want to try Spey casting with my single-hand fly rod, what fly line would be best?
Can smaller Spey patterns be used for trout and bass on a single-handed rod?
I am taking my first saltwater trip to Turks and Caicos. I have an 8-weight freshwater outfit. Do I need to get a special saltwater rod and line?
Can I use a 450-grain Depth Charge line on my 10-weight rod? And besides fishing for striped bass, what other saltwater applications are there for this line?
I am having trouble with my Clinch Knots breaking in cold weather. What am I doing wrong?
Any advice for tying on a size 22 Zebra Midge in cold weather?
Fri, 2 December 2022
Can you really catch giant cutthroat trout in the desert? Are they truly a native species? And do they really fish with ladders? You'll find out in my interview with Orvis-endorsed guide Mike Anderson [45:23], who guides for the Reno Fly Shop.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some wonderful comments and thought-provoking questions, including:
I can keep the knots in my rubber legs on hopper patterns. How do you do it?
What common fly-tying materials can I get from animals I have harvested, what parts should I use, and how to you prepare and store them?
What is the advantage of going from 140 denier tying thread to 70 denier and when and why should I use it?
A listener explains why he welcomes new people to the sport.
I just got an intermediate line for fishing in lakes. Will it be useful in streams?
I have an old rod with a loose ferrule. Is there any way of fixing it?
Is my 9 ½ foot 6-weight rod too light to throw big articulated flies for bull trout?
I know trout lie in seams in a river. Will steelhead be in seams as well?
Can I use sewing thread for tying flies?
My double surgeon's knots keep breaking. What am I doing wrong?
Are there special fighting techniques when you hook a fish on a downstream drift?
Why do people tell me to fish at high tide, when I can walk out farther at low tide?
Can I swing a streamer in salt water?
Do changes in air temperature affect fish in the ocean as much as in fresh water?
What do I do to take my trout fishing to the next level?
What should I concentrate on?
Why are bamboo rods typically shorter than graphite, and how do I travel with a two-piece bamboo rod?
I am losing more fish with large flies than I do with small flies. What is the issue?