Mon, 27 November 2023
Originally Posted on March 3rd, 2023
Back in 2008 when I first began this podcast I had two dreams—that I would have my two literary heros, John McPhee and Thomas McGuane as guests (they are both passionate fly fishers). I was lucky enough to record a podcast with John in August of 2021 and this week's podcast is with Tom McGuane [44:36], author of 20 highly regarded novels, screenplays, collections of short stories, and what is in my opinion the finest book of fly-fishing essays ever written, The Longest Silence. Most people who interview Tom want to talk about his crazy days in Key West in the 1970s, , fishing for tarpon with Jim Harrison, Guy de la Valdene, Jimmy Buffet, and other notable characters. However, in the podcast we talk about what he is doing now—his fascination with small-stream trout fishing, why he would rather wade than fish from a boat, his opinion on guides who yell at their clients, and how to grow old gracefully and still continue to fish with a fly rod. It was a real honor to chat with him and I know you'll enjoy this very special podcast.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some wonderful and thought-provoking questions and tips form listeners, including:
What is that white rod that Pete Kutzer uses in your casting videos?
Is there a written history of Orvis?
What is the best reel lubricant, and how should I maintain my cork drag surface?
Can dumbbell eyes damage fly rods? If so, what should I do to keep flies tied with them from hitting my rod?
Do trout eat those little black and brown stoneflies that hatch during the winter and early spring?
Can you explain when I would use weighted flies vs. split shot vs. poly leaders when fishing nymphs?
Can you compare the relative advantages of the 10 1/2-foot 3-weight and the 11-foot 3-weight Blackout rod?
I saw people catching fish on nymphs. I tried exactly the same patterns and didn't catch anything. Why?
I have a reel that takes a 9-weight line. Can I get an extra spool and put it on my 7-weight rod?
Direct download: BackCast_A_life_in_fly_fishing_with_Tom_McGuane.mp3
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Mon, 20 November 2023
Todd Tanner [43:02] is a lifelong fly fisher and journalist and spent years as a guide on the Henry's Fork, one of the best (and toughest) dry-fly rivers in the world. He also prefers not to fish nymphs. Todd shares his 12 tips on improving your success with dry flies this week, and they are solid and helpful.
In the Fly Box this week, we have a great and varied selection of questions and tips from listeners, including:
Mon, 13 November 2023
I get frequent questions from listeners on what I would recommend they read in fly-fishing literature, as there is so much out there it's tough to sort through it to find what's worth reading. Michael Checchio [38:10] is a retired journalist and investigative reporter and a student of fly-fishing books, so we spend some time discussing what he feels are must-reads (or maybe just interesting reads) in the vast river of what has been written about fly fishing.
Here is Michael's list:
In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of questions and tips, including:
Mon, 6 November 2023
My guest this week is Chris Jordan [41:13], a scientist with NOAA who specializes in habitat restoration. His view is that, in our arrogance, we've gotten habitat restoration projects all wrong most of the time. We think we can engineer river systems to conform with what we think they should be, but rivers are dynamic and mostly unpredictable and that, whenever possible, we need to look at watershed solutions—helping rivers do the job with a lighter hand but a larger scope. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.
In the Fly Box this week we have a wide variety of interesting questions, including: