Fri, 24 February 2023
This week, we go into great detail about the life cycle of caddisflies and the various species found in the eastern United States. Tom Ames [33:05], author of the book Caddisflies is my guest and although we go into great detail on the various types of caddisflies, don't let it overwhelm you, as imitating these insects is merely a matter of observing what stage of their life cycle is present and what the trout are eating. It's not something you can predict in advance—you need to arrive at the river and then figure out the puzzle by your powers of observation. But this podcast does get geeky so be prepared!
Our Fly Box questions this week are much more basic, a good counterbalance to our discussion of caddisflies. Questions and tips include:
I want to go beyond my typical attractor patterns and match some hatches. What basic flies do you recommend?
A great tip from a listener on fixing rough fingertips for fly tying
Tom's thoughts on the Murdich Minnow fly
What three lines should I get for fishing lakes?
Why don't more people wear PFDs?
What color of Clouser Minnows should I get for smallmouth bass?
Can I tie my second Euro nymph fly onto the bend of the other fly, or can I leave a tag end long on the knot to the first fly and use that?
Several rod selection questions
Can I double haul with my bamboo fly rod?
Is it a good idea to pinch the line against the cork to put added pressure on a running fish?
Tips from a listener on wearing felt boots on a trail and drying out wading boots.
What rod is best for practicing my casting skills?
Fri, 17 February 2023
This week is my guest Seth Berger [1:00:18], Fly Fishing Travel Specialist with Orvis Adventures. In his job, Seth visits Orvis-endorsed operations around the world and always packs his fishing gear, so he's a great resource for advising us how to travel with rods, waders, and flies—how to pack them, what to carry on, and pitfalls you should avoid. Seth also talks about what to pack, and items that are often forgotten or ignored by traveling anglers. Anyone who gets on a plane, whether it's a short hop or an international flight, will benefit from his knowledge.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and comment that run the gamut of the fly-fishing experience, including:
A listener who recommends the mono rig method, which is different from the standard Euro nymphing setup. And tries to tell me 20lb. mono casts just as easily as fly line (I'm not buying it)
Why not put a tippet ring on the end of a poly leader? I've used straight monofilament for a leader for bass and bream.
Why do I need a tapered leader, and do I need tippet?
When you fish two dry flies, what should the distance between them be?
Do I need to learn entomology to pick flies?
Is there any difference between picking flies for small streams vs. bigger rivers?
What do you look for to help you choose a fly?
Can I fish steelhead with my 9-foot 5-weight rod?
Is it true that lighter lines cast better in the wind because they have less air resistance?
Have you ever fished with just a bead on a hook?
Some great suggestions from a listener on how to keep fly tying materials away from young children.
I am coming from Korea to the US. Will I have problems brining flies and fly tying materials into the country?
Have you ever tried wiggle nymphs?
Why do Euro nymphers stand in the water and make short upstream casts while people with conventional lines try to fish as far away as possible?
Why don't we see a lot of blue streamers?
How deep can I effectively fish with a fly rod?
How can I tie patterns with partridge feathers smaller than size 16?
Fri, 10 February 2023
Capt. Pete Scafaru [32:53] is a new Orvis-endorsed guide in New Orleans (he's not new at guiding, just new to the Orvis program), and he shares his vast experience on what to expect at different times of the season, how to present the fly, and how to target redfish in shallow water. Regardless of where you fish for redfish, his tips will be valuable.
In the Fly Box, we have some questions and tips that I think will be of interest to all fly fishers, including:
What tips or tricks do you have for an older angler who has problems threading small flies?
A tip from a listener about how he attaches a dropper nymph to his tippet with a clinch knot so he can change either fly without re-tying both flies.
A tip from a listener on how to estimate measurements using parts of your arms and fingers.
Why does Orvis not sell a 7-weight Superfine Glass fly rod?
Do you ever use indicators when fishing nymphs on small mountain brook trout streams?
Can I fish soft hackles during the winter?
Why are people so nasty when I post fly-tying videos on social media? Do you get those kinds of comments in the podcast mailbox?
Does it matter where I put my wing case on Perdigon nymphs, and why are some Perdigons relatively fat? I thought "thin for the win" was the mantra for these flies.
Why would people throw streamers on Euro-nymphing rods?
I bought an old 7½-foot, 6-weight Madison bamboo fly rod. Will this be better with a 5- or 6-weight line, and will it be OK for general trout fishing?
Fri, 3 February 2023
This week, my guest is Joshua Simmons [44:00], who with his brother Caleb hosts the podcast "Dads on the Fly". (It's not just for dads, it's for moms and families as well, but they just both happen to be dads and brothers who wanted to give back to the world of fly fishing.) In their podcast they explore the ways families can get together through fly fishing, and have talked to many people across the country about this subject, so Joshua has a lot to share from his conversations and research. If you have always wanted to bring your family together in fly fishing, you'll pick up some great suggestions.
In the Fly Box this week, we have an eclectic mix of suggestions and questions, including:
Why do I have trouble mixing my dubbing in an old coffee grinder? It comes out like rope. I
have trouble tying with a hackle cape with thick stems. What can I do?
I have trouble hooking steelhead. What am I doing wrong?
A comment from a listener on the growing movement that helps fish and game departments protect all aquatic species, not just gamefish and game animals.
How can I practice casting before my next bonefish trip?
What footwear do you recommend for wading the flats?
It seems like I can get closer to bonefish wading that from a boat. Is that usually the case?
I have a new baby coming. How can I childproof my tying area?
Phil Rowley says that eutrophic lakes offer the best trout fishing, but all the eutrophic lakes I fish in New Hampshire are too warm for trout. Why the disconnect?
Someone told me to switch from left-hand wind to right-hand wind when I go saltwater fishing (I am right-handed). Should I heed their advice?
Why don't more fly anglers wear a PFD?
If Tom had one final trip, where would he go?
A great tip from a listener on pre-rigging flies at home
I can't cast a Euro rig with my 905 rod. Should I invest in a specific Euro nymphing rod and what will it give me that my current rod does not?