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The Orvis Fly-Fishing Podcast

Produced by The Orvis Company and hosted by Tom Rosenbauer, author of The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, this podcast will provide you with tips on how to get the most of your time on the water. Read more about Orvis at www.orvis.com/podcast.

This week, my guest is Orvis rod designer and my fishing buddy Shawn Combs [14:05], who uses the new Helios rods as an example of how a new rod series is developed.  What kind of input goes into a new rod design?  Why do we keep making new rod series?  How are they tested?  How many prototypes of a new rod are built before we decide on the final model?
 
The Fly Box is short this week because I've caught up with questions and am doing this before I leave for a couple weeks.  But they're good ones, including:
  • Do I need to set the hook in a different manner with a glass fly rod?
  • Is there something about the new Helios rods that is not covered on the web site and catalog copy?
  • Is there a place where I can still pick up a Helios 3 rod?
  • I am going to Cozumel and will be wade fishing from the beach.  What should I know in advance?
  • A listener gives some great tips on fly fishing for trout in Missouri
Direct download: FlyRodsDevelopSCombs.mp3
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This week, my guest is educator and aquatic entomologist Anna Le [18:57], who introduces us to the amazing world of trout-stream invertebrates.  She tells us how to gauge the health of a river by looking at the bugs, and also how we can all be citizen scientists and alert the authorities when we see a decline of important indicator species.
 
In the Fly Box this week we have the usual mix of difficult and easy questions, plus tips,  including:
  • A great tip from a listenerdon't try to fish while you are wading.
  • Can I put an 8-weight line on my 7-weight Pflueger Medalist reel?
  • A funny story from a listener on another way to break a fly rod
  • As I get older my eyesight and finger dexterity are not what they used to be.  Is there an easier knot for attaching flies to my tippet?
  • Why don't more people fish for chubs, and why are they considered a trash fish?
  • Do you have any recommended cicada patterns?
  • A listener who is also a toxicologist warns that not all fly-tying materials are harmless and gives tips on how to avoid undue exposure to them.
  • I have trouble tying tails on size 18 and smaller flies.  Do you have any tips?
Direct download: TroutStreamBugsAna.mp3
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This week my guest is Charlie Schneider [45:30] from Cal Trout, a great organization that Orvis has supported over the years because they are really effective in protecting wild trout habitat.  Charlie talks about the many species and subspecies (or races depending on whether you are a lumper or a splitter) of wild trout found in California, some of are unique to California.   The incredibly diverse topography and geology (and proximity to the Pacific Ocean) contribute to this array of salmonids and it's fascinating to get an overview of them.
 
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and tips, including:
  • Why do I have trouble Euro nymphing in slow pools when I have such good luck in faster water?
  • I catch steelhead from Lake Ontario tributaries during the colder months but I don't catch trout there during the summer.  Why?
  • I am having trouble casting a Euro rig.  What tips can you give me?
  • How can I wean myself off my spinning rod when it's so much more successful that my fly rod?
  • What are your thoughts on the Non-Slip Mono Loop for dry flies?
  • Have you ever tired the Australian Braid Knot as a replacement for the Bimini Twist?
  • Which is more important in choosing a line size—the size of the fish or the size of the fly?
  • Can trout spill over a dam into streams below?
  • Can you give me some tips on catching cutthroat trout?
  • How can I tell if there are trout in a small stream?
  • I am 17 and can't afford a hackle cape.  Is there any way to save money on a cape,  and what color would you recommend I start with?
  • Is it so bad if I want to keep a few wild trout to eat?  Why the big emphasis on catch and release?
  • What is that protrusion on the opposite side of the spool from a reel handle?  It can't be a counterweight.
  • If I have a medium-fast 5-weight rod, will a 6-weight line make it more of a medium action?
  • I lost 30-40 fish in the tail of a pool swinging flies.  What was I doing wrong?
  • How do you select deer hair for Comparadun wings?
Direct download: CaliforniaTroutCharlieSchneider.mp3
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My guest this week is Charity Rutter [39:50], a great friend and longtime guide in the Great Smoky Mountains.  She and her husband Ian have just finished a great book (I read the manuscript and loved it) and although it won't be available until April, you can pre-order it  here: 

https://randrflyfishing.com/store/fly-fishing-guide-to-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/

Charity shares her secrets for making more out of your time on small waters, and although she concentrates on her area, she has fished small streams throughout North America and her tips will help you no matter where you fish.

 

In the Fly Box this week we have a nice assortment of questions and tips on fly fishing and fly tying, including:

  • Why do you hate hook keepers so much?

  • Is it true that you should not hook your fly onto your stripping guide?

  • A listener recounts his first experience with selling flies he tied himself.

  • A number of people chide me for not using a wading staff—yet.

  • Will it hurt my fly line if I stretch it first before fishing?

  • A listener gives some good advice on how to get out of a dangerous situation while wading, and how to prevent your waders from acting like a sea anchor.

  • A tip from a listener on how he deals with litter during a day of fishing and one on how he carries rods on the back seat of his vehicle.

  • A listener tells me how pleased he was with Orvis reel repair service.

  • Should I wear socks when wearing the new Pro Approach Hikers in salt water?

  • Can I Euro nymph in lakes and ponds?

  • A tip from a listener on making more durable peacock herl bodies.

  • Where should I put the heavy section of mono on a shock leader?

  • A listener shares a tip on playing darts during the winter to keep those casting muscles in shape

  • I used rubber soled wading shoes on slippery rocks and had poor traction.  Should I stud them or just get a pair of felt-soled boots?

  • In a remote lake with an inlet and outlet, will trout move into the outlet as well as the inlet?

  • How can I keep my dropper and tippet from slipping off my barbless hook when fishing with a dry dropper?  And what knot is best when attaching a dropper to a hook bend?

  • I have a 9-foot 5-weight rod and want a rod for fishing for panfish and streamers for trout.  What rod should I get next?

 
Direct download: SmallStreamsCharityRutter.mp3
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