Fri, 26 May 2023
Jacks are an under-rated gamefish and under-utilized resource. They take a fly aggressively, fight harder than most other saltwater gamefish, and are common in most warmer saltwater ecosystems. Yet most anglers, and most guides, pass them up on the way to chasing the glamor species like bonefish, permit, or tarpon. They're missing a lot of fun. RA Beattie [34:28] is a talented film maker who regularly has films in the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) (International Fly Fishing Film Festival® - IF4™ (flyfilmfest.com) and his spectacular film, produced by RA and Jako Lucas, called "Jacks", is currently on tour with the festival. He talks about making fly-fishing films, and also his love of fishing for jacks.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some fun questions and helpful tips from listeners, including:
Where can I learn Spey casting in preparation for a trip I'm taking?
I saw some large brown trout chasing shiners in the shallows. What fly pattern and tactics should I use?
I keep missing strikes on a balanced leech under an indicator. What am I doing wrong?
Great suggestions from a listener on how to train a dog to be a good streamside companion.
Why am I having problems with short casts on my 9-foot 5-weight rod?
Driving in Alberta, I see a lot of nice-looking rivers along the road. How can I tell if they have fish in them?
What other patterns should I try those cool wing cases made from saddle hackles I see on the Tom Rosenbauer's Deep Caddis Pupa?
A great tip from a listener on a special material for organizing your fly-tying bench. Where can I find flies with black beads?
A tip from a listener on how to keep cool while fishing during the summer in the deep South.
Why do I catch big wild rainbows in one pool and only smaller ones in the next pool downstream?
Any suggestions for setting the hook on brook trout in a very tight stream
Fri, 19 May 2023
Our climate is changing, and regardless of whether you think it's human caused or natural it is changing. If you don't believe that you need to get outside more. John Gierach [58:00], thoughtful guy that he is, wanted to talk about this subject and how he deals with changes that have happened in his lifetime, and what we can all do to deal with climate change and still enjoy fly fishing, because as he says "we still gotta live" and to some of us fly fishing is life. I
n the Fly Box this week we have lots of questions, many of them quite basic but still fun to answer because you can always give them a new twist.
What is the best rig to catch trout with worms? (I hope he meant worm flies and not real worms)
What can I do to keep my Depth Charge line from tangling?
I am moving to Texas and want one rod for inland bass and one for inshore saltwater. Is there one outfit that can do this?
Am I better off buying one high-end rod or several lower priced rods if I fish in a variety of trout situations?
Can you overline bamboo and fiberglass fly rods?
I have a dog that likes to chase rocks and sticks.
Any tips on how to train a dog to be a good fishing companion?
Is there any way to tell a trout rise from a chub rise?
I am confused by fly line numbers and hook numbers. Can you explain them?
What do fish deep in a lake take my Pat's Rubber Legs fished quickly? What do the fish think it is?
How do you fish your Rabbit's Foot Emerger patterns?
What do I do with my rod when tying on a new fly or landing a fish?
Is there a better knot than a clinch knot for tying on size 18 to 22 flies?
My welded loop has cuts in it. What can I do to fix that?
What kind of dry/dropper arrangement do you use when there is nothing visibly hatching?
A good tip from a listener on walking the banks of your favorite rivers in low water to get a sense for the bottom structure.
Can you tell the difference between a male and female trout by looking at the anal fin?
Fri, 12 May 2023
A few weeks ago we did a podcast on eastern caddis hatches and I promised to get an expert on western hatches. ME Sorci [43:40] is a student of entomology, a guide, fly fisher, and manager of Orvis Jackson Hole. You can tell by her enthusiasm in the podcast that she thinks caddisflies are fascinating, and she gives us some great tips on when, where, and how to fish these prolific hatches. I learned a lot on this podcast and you will, too.
In the Fly Box this week we have some interesting and unusual questions as well as tips from listeners, including:
How do I fish short, fast, deep plunge pools with streamers and what line should I use?
What tips do you have for fighting a big fish when it runs downstream?
Should I fish a 12-foot leader when bluelining? Can an old cork handle on an Orvis bamboo fly rod be repaired?
What line should I put on my 10-foot, 3-weight rod for fishing dry flies?
Why don't we use other feathers from peacocks besides the eyed tails?
Where can I find something that shows me pictures of saltwater prey so I can imitate them?
Should I change tactics when fishing at sunrise and sunset?
So I don't transfer invasive species how can I tell good algae from bad algae?
Is it possible to put too much hackle on a dry fly?
Why do we use dubbed bodies on dry flies?
Why causes a dry fly to not sit properly on the water?
I put small glass beads on my dry flies so I don't crowd the head. Do you think this is a good idea?
Where would Tom like to live (for fishing reasons) if he didn't live in Vermont?
Fri, 5 May 2023
Swinging wet flies, specifically soft hackle flies, is an often misunderstood method of fishing and many people try it but give up when it doesn't seem to work. But it's an elegant, relaxing, and fun way to cover a lot of water and probably the oldest way to fish for trout. There are some tips to rigging and fishing soft hackles, and wet fly expert Steve Culton [42:39] shares some great tips with us this week.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and great tips from listeners, including:
With the high water in Utah this spring, should I try to fish rivers or stick to lakes? And what flies should I use?
For float fishing smaller streams for bass, should I get a small raft or a kayak? Would it be better to use a double taper or weight forward line for small streams?
Are fly rod actions and recommended line sizes consistent across manufacturers?
Two great tips from listeners for getting the fly line out of your guides when you start fishing. At what point should I give up repairing my waders?
How should I fish a river that alternates between rocky rivers and slow, mucky pools?
Should I change techniques when going from one type of water to another?
When should I switch from a nymph to a dry in early season?
How can I prevent fish taking streamers form getting foul hooked?
Should I fish a pool with a nymph or streamer first?
Why did I see few fishing rising in an afternoon hatch and many more fish rising in the evening?
Where should I go to catch bonefish, tarpon, and roosterfish from shore without a guide?
I want to start guiding for striped bass. Where should I start?