Fri, 30 June 2023
Scott Sadil [41:39], author and Fly Fishing Editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal, is a pioneer in fishing the surf in Baja, and in his many years of experience he’s learned a ton of valuable tips. Even if you never plan on fishing Baja, you’ll find his advice helpful for finding fish along a wide beach, choosing which flies and tackle to use, and learning new techniques for moving the fly.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some fascinating questions from listeners, including:
I am having trouble casting a size 6 fly with lead eyes on my 5 weight. What can I do to correct this?
I am struggling with my distance casting. Any tips for helping with this, and for fishing large tailwaters?
When I hook panfish and bass along a shoreline, they always head for shore yet carp always swim to deep water. Why?
My Royal Wulffs don't float properly when I drop them in a glass of water. What can I do to help?
What kind of flies and colors do you suggest for fishing the surf in Costa Rica?
How should I dispose of old waders that leak?
If you float a river in a canoe of kayak by yourself, how do you get back upstream at the end of the day?
Should I use a 7-weight or 8-weight rod for throwing big streamers for trout?
How should I fish freshwater rivers that are tidal for bass and pike? And how do I get wire onto the end of my leader for the pike?
Why do people use a Bimini Twist? I would think it just pushes the weak spot in a leader further back.
Is bug spray harmful to fish?
If I am hiking into high alpine lakes, should I hike in my wading shoes?
Fri, 23 June 2023
Warning—this week's podcast with biologist Michael Miller [36:28] is not exactly uplifting, in fact it's downright depressing. I feel that neonic pesticides are the main reason we have seen dramatic declines of insects on our trout streams and may be even more of a threat to invertebrate populations than climate change. But it is a problem we can remedy more easily than climate change because it's mostly a problem in the United States (Canada and the EU have either banned or greatly restricted their use). I hope this podcast makes all of you take action and raise your voices to get the EPA to ban these dangerous chemicals.
On a happier note, we have some wonderful questions in the Fly Box this week, including:
It's great to hear that Tom gets skunked as often as the rest of us.
Why did I see mayflies when I was a mile from the nearest stream?
Do bright fly lines spook fish?
Why were fish slashing at my streamer without me hooking them?
I am having problems casting a 15-foot leader
Where should I take my sons fishing in the Bozeman/Livingston area if I can't afford a guide?
If I hook a fish deep in its throat, should I try to get the fly out or cut the tippet?
Can I get closer to fish in a riffle?
What are Tom's top 5 trout flies?
I am losing a lot of fish on my 10-foot 3-weight rod. What should I do differently? Where do big trout tend to live in a river?
If I am catching just small fish will there be any big fish around?
I can't get my floating line to float well, even after cleaning it. What can I do?
Fri, 16 June 2023
OK, I lied. There aren't 15 tips. There are probably more and if you want to count them up you can e-mail me and correct my mistake. But I get a lot of questions about fishing emergers, and I thought a podcast on how to identify when fish are taking emergers and how to fish them would be welcome. Not only that, world-famous and beloved fishing guide and author Pat Dorsey [36:05] gives us his favorite fly patterns for fishing emergers including a couple secret ones.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some thoughtful questions and a few tips from listeners, including:
A great tip on casting with your non-dominant hand
Will wildfire smoke affect trout populations?
If I hear there are native brook trout in a stream, how do I find out where they are?
A nice tip on untangling snarls of fly line.
Bigger brook trout started taking my nymphs on the swing instead of dead-drifted.
How should I take advantage of this next time?
How much of an incline in a small mountain stream can trout survive?
A listener was disappointed in my podcast with John Gierach because we did not discuss how anglers can have a positive impact on climate change.
Two listeners want to know what type of floating line to put on their Euro rods when they switch to dry flies.
Why are some articulated streamers tied with the hook down and why are some tied with the hook up?
I have a busy life. Am I missing opportunities by not tying my own flies?
Brown trout are invasive in my cutthroat stream. Should I take them home to eat them, or just kill them and throw them up on the bank?
Is it ethical to back and fish a place on my own if a guide showed me the spot?
I have heard if you cut the welded loop off a fly line you can't use it any more because it will absorb water. Is this true?
Fri, 9 June 2023
This week my guest is Joshua Caldwell [32:30], director of the new movie (premiering in theaters today) "Mending the Line", about a combat veteran with PTSD who works his way back into society with the help of a fly fishing curmudgeon. The movie stars Sinqua Walls, Perry Mattfeld, and Brian Cox as the old curmudgeon (of course). It's a story that could easily fall into cliche but I found it to be heartwarming and compelling, and the casting is excellent. Joshua talks about the trials and tribulations of making the movie in a short time frame, challenged by tough weather. It's a fascinating peak behind the curtains of an independent film.
In the Fly Box this week we have the following questions and helpful tips:
What is your opinion of an approved IGFA leader for tarpon as opposed to using straight 60- or 80-pound leader?
I am having trouble with the partridge hackle on size 20 soft hackle wets. Can you help?
How much time should I spend in each little pocket when bluelining?
I have a Recon Saltwater 7 and I want to get a 7-weight freshwater version. How much difference is there between the two?
Will a black bottom on my boat spook fish in shallow water?
A great letter from a fly fisher in Switzerland detailing how to negotiate the tricky fishing regulations in his country
Can I use a tippet ring with different tippet sizes, even ones that are quite different in diameter?
Do stocked trout move as much as a mile, or do they stay close to where they are stocked?
Fri, 2 June 2023
The better your casting, the more and fun you'll have and the more relaxed you'll be on the water. Pete Kutzer [46:13] is one of the finest casting instructors in the world, and not only that he's one of the finest anglers you meet, which means he teaches casting as a means to have more enjoyable fishing so he's pragmatic and flexible. He practices casting himself almost every day, and he gives us hints on how to practice at home no matter what kind of fishing you end up doing. You'll be glad you did—and so will your guide if you hire one.
I n the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and helpful tips from listeners, including:
I need a rod for bass fishing as well as throwing streamers for trout. I only have light trout rods. Which rod should I choose?
What is a competition hook and how does it differ from a regular hook?
A good tip on how to make matte beads from shiny gold ones without painting or markers
I know you should not go more than .002" difference when knotting on a tippet. Can I get away from bigger differences in heavy butt material?
I have been fly fishing for 35 years and am looking for a more advanced course. Where should I go?
Do you know anything about fishing in Switzerland?
How can I target carp in dirty water?
I am going Atlantic salmon fishing in Norway. Can I use a single-handed rod even though most people use two-handers?
A tip from a listener on always mashing down the barbs of hooks when fishing with kids.
My line gets twisted when I fish with a dry/dropper arrangement. Is there any way to lessen this?
My tungsten beads crack when I hit my back cast on rocks behind me. Are there beads that are more durable than tungsten?
How can I fish the tails of pools in small streams without getting drag?
I can't get redfish running a surf line to eat my flies. Any suggestions?