Dave from the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Blog interviews the biggest names in fly fishing and fly tying today. He digs out all of the best fly fishing tips and tricks to help you understand how to choose the right gear, find fish, present the fly, discover new patterns and much more. Find out about new rods, lines, techniques, knots, tying tools and unheard of tips along with great stories about life and the times of some of the most knowledgeable guides, shop owners, and fisherman from around the world. Season 1 covers all things steelhead fishing. Better understand topics like spey casting, nymphing vs. swinging flies, intruders, finding fish, conservation and finding new waters. Come join us for the current season and share the stories and great memories told by amazing people.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/151
Zack Williams, who is the editor of Swing the Fly Magazine, is on the podcast to share the story of how he went from Great Lakes Steelheader to Spey Casting and Steelhead champion. Zack and I chat about why the number of swung fly fisherman is so low but growing.
Show Notes: http://wetflyswing.com/150
Morten Valeur, the founder of Ahrex Hooks, is on to shed some light on how and why he started a new hook company and how they have emerged as one of the leaders in the world.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/149
Mark Hopley, the Host of the Fly Fishing 97 Podcast is on the podcast to break down his popular show and why he does what he does. We find out about the Kamloops British Columbia area where Mark is from and why he’s going to podcast till he dies.
Show Notes: http://wetflyswing.com/148
Brian Silvey talks about his life as a fly fishing guide with a focus on Steelhead Fishing in Oregon. Find out what colors are best during the early and late season and how to get your fly down during the day. We dig back into some of the history of spey and how Brian transitioned into it.
Show Notes: http://wetflyswing.com/147
Matt Callies in on the podcast today to describe how Loon is leading the way with some of their conservation minded products. We hear about the companies he reports to and why he does what he does.
Lots of tangents including why Air-Flo split from Echo Rods and what the life of a fly fishing rep is really like. Insider chatter and a few tips from my special guest this week.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/146
Jen Ripple is on the podcast today to tell us some of the history of women in fly fishing. Jen is the editor of Dun Magazine, the largest woman’s magazine on the planet. Jen talks about the foundation of women in fly fishing and where she's going with Dun Magazine after Covid.
We get into the topic of women and swimsuits and the affect on social media. Find out why woman is the fastest growing demographic in fly fishing.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/145
John Billing created the largest free non commercial Facebook group for fly fishing in the world. We talk about the great resource it is and how it all came to be in over 10 years now running. With over 60,00 active members this is a great resource if you are new to fishing or just want to connect with anglers around the world.
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I sat down with Elke and Alysia Littleleaf from Little Leaf Guides. We covered some tips on fishing the Deschutes salmon fly hatch and what it’s like being the only native american guide couple on the river.
Pete Tyjas, the editor of Fly Culture Magazine, is on the share a perspective on fishing UK chalk streams and dry flies. We find out how Pete is fishing for Atlantic Salmon now that he has put in some time for steelhead.
We also hear about how he put together Fly Culture Magazine and why it's growing in the US. Find out what the #1 four pieces of tackle were as noted in Fly Culture.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/142
Jason Osborn is on the podcast to share the story of how he came to own the Portland Fly Shop and some tips on why they have been successful. Find out about the Kalama River and how Jason was able to catch fish year around on this river.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/141
I had the pleasure of interviewing AK Best to talk about tying dry flies and his life in fly fishing. We also hear some of the other influential parts of his life including how he survived his music night life.
AK talks about absolute attention in music and in fly tying. Find out what makes a Colorado Green Drake such a killer pattern and why the wing tips are so critical for dry flies.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/140
I sat down with Domenick Swentosky to talk about traditional streamers and how he fishes his home waters out of Pennsylvania. We get into the mono rig and how he crosses over between nymphing and streamers.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/139
Jerry French shares the intruder story and how the skagit spey lines and short spey rods came to be. We find out how the intruder drove the lines and rods and how Ed Ward, Scott O'donnell and others created the huge change for steelhead fly fisherman.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/138
Rich Strolis shares his story and how he has become known as one of the big streamer guys. Rich breaks down how he designs flies and what he thinks about when coming up with new patterns.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/137
COVID-19 Update for Fly Fishing Brands. Matt Smythe, the communications coordinator for AFFTA, sheds some light on what AFFTA is doing for fly fishing brands during the corona virus pandemic. We find out what AFFTA does and how they balance politics and conservation.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/136
Joseph Rosano shares the history of steelhead fly design and development as a man who was side by side with some of the biggest names in steelhead history. Find out how it all developed from Joseph, who was there with all of the big names of the day.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/135
We hear the story behind the story in the movie A River Runs Through It. Still to this day the greatest fly fishing movie of all time. John Dietsch was the stunt man for Brad Pitt and lead the fly fishing team that created the fishing scenes in the movie.
Listen here: https://wetflyswing.com/online
I am announcing the launch of the brand new podcast that I host weekly! The Outdoors Online Marketing Podcast is perfect if you have an outdoor brand or fly fishing brand and want to improve your online influence!
Show Notes: Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/134
New Podcast Launch: https://wetflyswing.com/online
We dig into Swinging Flies for Trout with Steven Bird. Steven is the editor of the Soft Hackle Journal and writes for Swing the Fly Magazine. We dig into some tips and the background on catching upper Columbia redband trout.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/133
Travis Duddles who owns the Gorge Fly Shop describes how to choose a fly rod. Travis, who opened the fly shop at age 17, shares his story of how he has built a great local fly shop out of Hood River.
Find out what the first thing you should be thinking about when starting to need a new fly rod. We break down each of the different levels and price ranges of rods and what you get from each.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/132
Jenny Weis provides us an update on the Pebble Mine project and what you can do this week to help protect almost 60 million salmon in one of the most important habitats in the region.
We find out why this small project could become a much larger project if it's allowed to move forward. This is a big year and the call to action for you is to reach out to your local and federal representatives to know you oppose this project.
Show Notes: Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/ascension
Brian Oakland shares the experience that is fly fishing the Yucatan and La Pescadora in Mexico. Brian is the founder of Got Fishing and takes you to the water today on the podcast. This area of Ascension Bay is known for the opportunity to catch the big 4 - tarpon, permit, bonefish and snook.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/131
George Cook shares the story and history behind how spey came to be in the Pacific Northwest. We hear how fishing for king salmon and the connection to Alaska was a big part of the Alaskabou and the intruder style flies coming to be.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/130
We get some background on Kulik Lodge and Fly Fishing for coho salmon with Bryce Rushbrook. Bryce tells us what you can do to prepare for a big Alaska trip with a focus on Bristol Bay.
We find out how Bryce became a Sweetwater success story and now has a strong guiding background. Kyle provides some tips for your first trip to Alaska and how to make the most of your journey.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/129
I sat down with Paul Beel from Frankenfly to hear how he built an amazing fly tying resource online and what's next for the other mad scientist we've had on the podcast. Do you remember who the first was?
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/128
I sat down with Tom Ski who has become a good online friend of mine and who talks about a life outdoors in fly fishing and now as an online free lancer for a number of companies including Yamaha.
Find out about his plan to hike the Pacific Crest Trail while do fly tying videos on the road. We dig into the business side of the outdoors and get into some tips and tricks about monetizing an outdoor business.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/127
Klaus Frimor shares a great perspective on scandi lines and casting (aka underhand casting). Klaus tells his story about growing up in Denmark and how his connection with Loop came to be.
Klaus is the main rod designer for single and two handed rods for Loop. Klaus shares his perspective on how and why spey casting and spey lines are different if Europe vs the US.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/126
We hear the story of how John Peterka came to own Sage Brush Dry, a great company out of Kake Alaska producing dry bags for hunting and fishing. Find out how part of the deal when buying the company was for John to become a fly fisher.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/125
Charlie Craven from Charlie's Fly Box breaks down a perspective of tying flies for a living. He describes what it takes to make an original pattern and what it means to become a signature fly tyer.
We also here about his fly tying class and the book he wrote that many consider the ultimate guide for beginner fly tyers. Find out which is the number 1 selling pattern in the box an what he always has handy heading out on the river.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/124
Bruce Chard breaks down Giant Tarpon Fly Fishing today on the podcast. Bruce is a longtime guide out in the Florida area and shares his best tips and tricks. To be honest, we didn't even come close to covering it all but did go a little deep on some juicy topics.
Bruce goes deep into how you present the fly for tarpon, the tarpon toad and whether you can DIY your way to tarpon. Baby tarpon might be your best chance to DIY a few tarpon to the fly.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/wildfish
I sat down with Denis Isbister who is the host of the TV show Wild Fish Wild Places which has been running for 12 years now. Denis is a Pyramid Lake expert and breaks down the greatness of Pyramid and the monster Lahontan Cutthroat trout that cruise the lake.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/123
Winter Steelhead fly fishing with a two-handed rod, the Deschutes, Skeena and Kamchatku in relation to summer and winter steelhead are all covered here. We also hear about the Wild Salmon Center and where steelhead conservation is heading.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/122
I connected with Rick Saez to talk about the Outdoor Biz Podcast and some tips to help you find out more about building a business in the outdoor space. Rick is helping outdoor adventure businesses get into podcasting through his online courses.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/121
Fred Klein breaks down some great tips on tying classic wet flies and sheds some light on the history of wet flies. He is the Grizzly king on Instagram and is breaking out beautiful pics for everyone to see around the globe
Fred talks about the history of classic flies and some of the great books you can check out. We also touch on brook trout and some of the flies that Fred uses. Don't miss this as Fred describes the 6 top must have books for classic flie
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/giveaway
I talked to Brian Oakland from Got Fishing to talk about the big Giveaway for the Pyramid Lake Fishing Trip. The Giveaway launched this week along with Dennis from Wild Fish Wild Places. Brian Sheds some light on Pyramid Lake and why it's such a big destination in North American and how you might catch a 20 lb trout.
Show Notes: Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/120
Jeff Morgan sat down with me to cover small stream fly fishing. Jeff is the author of a few great books including Small Stream Fly Fishing and the Oddballs books. We talk about how small streams differ from large streams and why naturals are key in small creeks.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/119
I sat down with Chad Alderson and Nick Hanna from the Barbless Podcast. Barbless is one of the big podcasts in fly fishing space out of Chico California. We talk about some of their new fishing apps getting closer to launch, some of the big guests they've had on the shows and what's to come this year.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/wintergear
I've been getting some questions about the need for a winter steelhead fly fishing gear list for the upcoming Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Trip.
I'll breakdown the basics today so we can assure you have the major items given rain, cold, sun, sleet, hail or any and all of the above. Because it is February in the Pacific Northwest, we prepare for any condition.
I sat down with Pete Erickson to talk about euro nymphing and his experience developing one of the popular euro nymphing rods on the market, the Echo Shadow X. We find out which is the best length and weight, how to cast a euro nymphing rod and some bonus tips to help you while you are on the river.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/117
John McMillan is on the podcast to talk about our northwest steelhead runs, the ups and downs of anadromous fish cycles and why John is optimistic about the current state of steelhead. John has a talent for clarifying the issues and breaking down where we are at given a long history of human influence in the northwest.
I had a great chat with Rick Lee to talk about Hawaii Fly Fishing with a focus on bonefish and Maui. Rick breaks down some great tips if you are heading to Hawaii with a focus on Maui today. We talk about casting tips for the wind, how to strip retrieve and how you can put together a DIY trip of your own.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/top10
I share the Top 10 Fly Fishing Podcast Episodes from the first two years of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast. I also add a few bonus podcasts in the show notes.
If you have a favorite please leave a comment at the bottom of this post or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or at your favorite place to listen.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/115
I had the pleasure of talking to Tom Whiting who is the man behind Whiting Farms, the leader in fly tying hackles. We hear about the history of how Tom built a great company that started with a connection with Henry Hoffman.
Tom has a passion for chicken genetics and shares some cool stories about how he produces ultra high quality chicken hackles including the spey hackles that are substitutes for heron hackle.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/114
I sat down with Rainy Riding, the founder of Rainy's Flies, to hear the story of how she created one of the largest fly distribution centers in the country. We go in deep to the history of how she created the company given plenty of setbacks along the way.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/113
I finally sat down and had a great chat with Frank Amato who is the brains behind Salmon Trout Steelhead magazine, the Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and about 300 books relating to fishing.
We hear how Frank was a key player in protecting the Deschutes River. We also hear about the Blue Jetboat Frank has had since 1980 and how he saved my butt after flipping int he river.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/112
Brian Bennett, the founder of Moldy Chum, one of the biggest and oldest fly fishing websites is on the podcast to describe what the moldy chum is all about and where it's going. The slab of the month, the chumion, and suction dredging are all discussed today.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/111
Peter Morse, aka the Lefty Kreh of Australia, shares his vast knowledge on a life fishing and living in Australia. Peter shares some tips for Australia Fly Fishing with a focus on catching Baramundi including the life cycle and when and where to target them.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/ritz
We dig into fly fishing for shad, alligator hunting and the Ritz-Carlton with Mark Benson. Mark walks us through the steps to catching shad along with some other shenanigans including the alligator hunt. Shad fishing has a lot of similarities to steelhead fishing so let's dig into it.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/rick
Rick Takahashi is on the podcast to cover fly tying and fishing terrestrials. Rick tells why he loves terrestrials and which terrestrials you should focus on as your A list.
Tons of great resources and tips in this one by one of our great teachers in fly tying. Hear about the best materials to find from the Dollar Store along with some other items and dollar store nuggets.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/108
Lance Egan is on the podcast today to cover Euro Nymping, fly tying and his experience with Team USA. We talk about the advantages of using jig hooks and slotted beads and why you should avoid lower cost tungsten beads.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/weber
Hosted Alaska Trip with Dave: https://wetflyswing.com/ak
I had a good chat with Gary Weber who is the author of the Fly Fishers Guide to Oregon from Wilderness Adventures Press. This is a guide that will give you the basics on where to go, where to stay and some bonus tips for each location.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/pat
Guides Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
We hear the Pat Cohen story and how Pat went from a tattoo artist to one of the most popular fly tyers in the country. Pat specializes in tying deer hair poppers. He is also a smallmouth bass master and digs into some of his best bass tips today.
Show Notes: Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/johnson
I sat down with James Johnson who runs Katmai Trophy Lodge and Naknek River Camp. James breaks down fly fishing Alaska for salmon, trout, and char. Find out when the best time is to hit Alaska for a newbie and how to swing up chinook salmon.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/105
Hosted Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
Steve Wilson from Sweetwater Travel breaks down the fly fishing guide school he runs and sheds some light on fishing Mongolia for Taimen. We hear about the school in Montana and a day in the life of a new student at the guide school.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/104
I sat down with Greg Keenan, the host of the Fly-Fishing Insider Podcast to hear how he is putting together the next big fly fishing podcast. We hear about some of the great guests he's had on the show and what you can expect in the coming years.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/103
Fishing Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
I sat down with Jeff Perin from The Fly Fishers Place Fly Shop out of Sisters Oregon. We dig into stillwater tips and tricks and hear about the direction that Jeff took his life after a deep connection with his grandparents got him started.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/102
Kevin Morlock breaks down carp fly fishing in the Beaver Island Lake area. Lots of great tips for carp fishing regardless of your area including how to deal with the wind, why a loop not is key and why carp hate the plop.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/craig
Hosted Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
Craig Schuhmann breaks down the Williamson River and the Klamath Falls area including how he became a guide in one of the best rainbow trout stillwater fisheries in the west. Big time bows and big time tips from one of the good guys in fly fishing today on the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/joan
Fantasy Fly Fishing Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
This is Episode 100!!! - I'm happy to share a chat I had with one of the greatest people in the history of fly fishing. Joan Wulff shares her great story and how she came to make a life in fly fishing even before she met Lee Wulff.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/martin
Sponsors: https://www.thegreydrake.com/ and https://www.delifreshdesign.com/
I sat down and talked to Martin Joergensen, the man behind the Global Fly Fisher. We talk about Sea Trout in Denmark, how they differ from South American Brown Trout and how to catch fish in this unique fishery.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/drake
Hosted Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
Dan Gates shares his unique fly fishing company, The Grey Drake. We hear how Dan is giving back and producing products locally in a sustainable fashion.
We also get into a little on trout spey, Idaho and of course steelhead fishing. Dan is a self proclaimed nerd for vintage fishing tackle.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/sadler
Sponsors: https://www.thegreydrake.com/ and https://www.delifreshdesign.com/
Tom Sadler digs into the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) Show plus his interesting background in fly fishing and conservation. AFFTA represents guides, outfitters, retailers, reps and more.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/97
Hosted Trips with Dave: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
Brian Marz shares some killer tips and resources for your next lingcod or rockfish trip on the fly. We go in deep on the tides, how to stay safe and where to fish at the right time to have the best chance to find fish.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/gb
Show Sponsors: https://www.delifreshdesign.com/ and https://www.thegreydrake.com/
Hosted Trips: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
Gunnar Brammer shares his best tips on pike fly fishing, tying streamers, his connection with Kelly Galloup and a boat load more of great tips. We hear about the Sculp Daddy, Kill Whitey and other huge flies that are ultra effective and based on the forage base.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/ffi
Show Sponsor: TheGreyDrake.com
Show Sponsor: DeliFreshDesign.com
Len Zickler, the CEO of Fly Fishers International is on the podcast to tell their story and how you can connect with an amazing resource. Whether is fly tying, casting or conservation, FFI is all in on helping you become a better angler and conservationist.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/94
Shawn Holsinger from Holsinger's fly shop gets into some fly fishing and fly tying tips with a focus on his local stream including the Little Juniata River. We get into Euro Nymphs, stone flies and the Holsinger story.
Shawn shares some euro nymphing tips, how to get more efficient and is rule of thumb on proportions. FYI - It's pretty much half of what you think it'll be. Shawn stresses technique in fly tying over just copying the pattern.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/93
Bill Spicer host of The New Fly Fisher breaks down musky fishing and some great tips to get you into a chance for a big fish. We talk about the best lakes to target musky, the gear you need to have a chance and how to revive a tired fish.
Bill describes the biggest difference between pike and musky, why he uses marker buoys and how a musky can melt a stainless steel hook. Lots of good stuff including where to go for more resources to hook some musky.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/92
Fly Fishing Fantasy Trip: https://wetflyswing.com/destination
Kyle Shea breaks out some Alaska tips for rainbows and how he got involved with Deneki and Alaska West. If you've ever googled steelhead or trout fishing for Alaska, you've probably seen one of his 1400 Deneki blog posts.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/ray
Ray Montoya tells us how he has spent the last 20 years in the Middle East fishing for Permit, Emperor Fish and other species in a remote part of the world.
He shares some of his best tips to put together a remote trip on your own time. Find out why this should be on your bucket list if you are into the salt water.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/mont
Mont Adams tells the Adamsbuilt story and how he has stayed in business for over 30 years selling waders, boots and other quality fly fishing gear. Hear some of the stories and challenges in competing with other companies in the space.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/dryfly
We cover trout spey with Captain John McCloskey aka Dry Fly John on Instagram. John goes deep into how he catches trout on the Chattahoochee River and the Naknek River out of Alaska. John is teaching spey in Georgia.
Tons of great tips including the best rod, lines, how to cast and how he teaches spey. We talk about the difference between spey, switch and single hand and how to present the fly to different trout species.
Take the Fantasy Survey: https://wetflyswing.com/fantasy
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/tube
Phil Hayes breaks down ultralight backcountry fly fishing. He produces the Wilderness Lite float tube which is a good start to your gear list when heading out on a backcountry trip. We get into most of the gear you need to put together your trip and shed light on what it's all about.
Take the Survey: https://wetflyswing.com/fantasy
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/glass
Cameron Mortenson is on the podcast to talk about the Fiberglass Manifesto, the largest website dedicated to all things glass fly rods. We talk about an easy way to get into the glass game with a $30 rod, talk about the history and where glass rods are going.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/dog
We cover Belize and Permit fishing with Jim Klug today on the show. Jim talks about his favorite patterns along with all of the steps to book your next trip to Belize.
We talk about the best time to hit permit, how to find the best guide and how to choose the location that's perfect for you. Lot's of good tips and a step x step plan to get down south for some Permit or bonefish.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/mark
I spent a day with Mark Bachmann on the Sandy River looking for winter steelhead. Within 10 minutes of putting the boat in the water we find ourselves stuck on a mid channel boulder in the first rapid.
We look at the best setup for winter steelhead, talk about how to find fish and hear the story of how Mark made a business in fly fishing at Fly Fish USA.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/proof
I had a nice chat with Matt Draft from Proof Fly Fishing to cover rod building. Matt is all in on his company where he teaches, provides all of the pieces to the puzzle and has some great tutorials out there.
We walk through the steps to build a new rod or retrofit an old rod. There are a number of resources and video tutorials that are at Proof Fly Fishing. We talk about what it will take to get into a Euro Nymphing rod as the example in this episode.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/colin
We cover Atlantic salmon and Newfoundland with Colin Mckeown who produces one of the most prolific fly fishing shows in the world - The New FlyFisher.
We get into a bunch of tips for A. salmon, find out what's next for the New Fly Fisher and what hooking an atlantic salmon feels like. Colin talks about how he has built a 50k following on youtube and why he does what he does.
Show Sponsor: https://www.delifreshdesign.com/
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/83
My first New York Times columnist, Seth Kugel breaks out his best frugal traveling tips and tricks. And as Seth says, frugal traveling isn't about eating peanut butter and Jelly and sleeping in hostels.
Seth breaks down the 4 parts of frugal traveling, how he has created a Brazilian youtube channel that funds part of his journey and how to get great deals via consolidator companies when buying airplane tickets.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/mad
The Mad Scientist (Doug) of Fly Tyers Dungeon sat down to tell his story and the story of his company which produces unique fly tying materials in Montana.
Find out how to get some unique materials at a great discount in this one. We get into how he produces his material and how you can get custom made materials if you just reach out and ask.
Show Sponsor: https://www.delifreshdesign.com/
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/81
I chat with Mike Mercer about the Sacramento River, the Redding Fly Shop and other great rivers around Chico California.
Mike shares the step x step plan on catching fish on the lower Sacramento. We talk about the key to catching fish consistency, how to make a yarn indicator, the importance of the riffle drop and why you should avoid a tapered leader.
Show Sponsor: https://www.delifreshdesign.com/
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/80
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Riverhorse Nakadate to talk about largemouth bass, redfish and southern Texas Fly Fishing.
Riverhorse goes deep to share his story and how he's made a life as a writer, surfer, musician and fly fisherman. Get ready for a little bass yoga, comedy and stories about Willie, Stevie Ray and Love.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/79
In this Fly Fishing Founders Chat I talk to Ross White from Deli Fresh Design who tells the story of how DLD came to be. We get a perspective of how Ross is producing USA made products as a one man show.
We talk about the Fly Fishing Rendevouz, Mirage Reels and Rising Nets. Find out how Ross makes a name for himself when there are other companies out there producing similar slings and gear.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/78
Brian O'Keefe is on the podcast today to share some stories from a life of fly fishing and traveling.
We go into some Alaskan DIY tips, a place he's been to over 50 times. We talk about what it has been like with a life of fly fishing, how he managed to travel around New Zealand at 19 and how to grab a deadliest catch boat to hit some new waters in Alaska.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/77
Dave McCoy from Emerald Water Anglers put together a great episode for Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing and maybe the best resource online for Sea-Run fly fishing in Puget Sound.
We talk about the best beach access points, Yakima trout fishing and what it felt like going all in on building the fly shop. Steelhead in Argentina, the Sound Searcher and a great 8' 8" fly rod by Thomas and Thomas is all on tap today.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/rent
Show Sponsor: https://wetflyswing.com/members
Rent this Rod is on the podcast this week as part of our Fly Fishing Founders Series where we hear the amazing stories behind the companies in fly fishing today.
Listen to their struggles and the journey to make a life out of fly fishing. We talk about Thomas & Thomas, Abel, Hatch, the Davidson River and behind the scenes with the new company.
Show Sponsor: https://www.delifreshdesign.com/
I met Mia and Marty on the Deschutes to chat about their background guiding and running a business in fly fishing. We also go deep into John Day steelhead fishing and include some tips on getting started.
They run through some smallmouth bass fishing tips and trips. They started as skate boarders and snow boarders and then transitioned into fly fishing. Marty talks about the feeling of catching his first steelhead and what you need to get started
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/75
We get into some great tips as I pick the brain of Dan Johnston, a 30 year casting instructor with St. Croix Rods. Time to nerd out a bit on rods and casting.
Dan shares the most important part of the fly cast and why 10-2 isn't the the best analogy to use and some tips to avoid the dreaded tailing loop. We also here about fiberglass rods and where there place is in fly fishing.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/luke
We get into streamers and fly tying tips this week with our new bonus series - Fly Fishing Founders Stories.
This week I have Luke Ferrenburg on the podcast from Meat Market Flies. We talk about tying streamers, lamprey patterns, steelhead flies and other great tips and tricks for fly tying.
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I cover the Driftless area today with Jason Randall. We talk about this unique area and hear how Jason came to write numerous articles and books over the years.
Jason has some cool stories to share as we hear about a life in fly fishing. He talks a little about his daytime job as a veterinarian and the difference between Landon Mayer and Joe Humpries.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/73
I sat down with Joe Humphreys, one of the great fly fishing personalities of the 20th century. Joe shares is life in fly fishing, wrestling and teaching both young and old.
You'll get a perspective on the history of fly fishing from Joe today and from his movie Live the Stream. You'll here Joe tell the story of how he caught the largest trout on the fly in the state of PA.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/72
Rachel Finn put together one of my favorite episodes of the year. I will be honest and tell you that this isn't a tips and tricks episode. Instead, you get to hear what the hang is all about, Yale, sports and plenty of chat about art and life.
Rachel surpasses the record for adult language in one episode. Keep track and leave a comment below with the total number of 4 letter words!
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/71
Joe Brooks shares how he produced a documentary about the great Joe Brooks, his grandfathers brother and the man who influenced Lefty Kreh and many other great fly fisherman.
We find out how the late great Joe Brooks fell from grace to live on the streets but pulled himself out of the gutter to become one of the most influential fly fisherman in history.
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The Salt Water Angler and Walker Cay Chronicles were two of the most popular shows in the history of fishing. Flip Pallot talks about these shows and his life in fly fishing.
We talk about the Hells Bay Boat that he created which was a first of it's kind. Flip shares an experience where he survived Huricanne Andrew staying in his house as the storm ripped it away.
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We Dig into Bonefish in the Bahamas with Oliver White today on the show. Oliver shares his experience coming up through the guiding ranks and into owning his own lodge. Oliver shares the hedge fund story and how this has helped him get to where he is today.
We talk about some great bonefish tips including how to spot fish, how to strip and some great fly patterns. We cover DIY Destination which is what Season 3 of this podcast is all about.
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Jako Lucas, one of the biggest salt water names in fly fishing is on the show today. Jako has fished all over the world in some of the most sought after destinations we know of. Jako has also produced a number of award winning videos at Captain Jack Productions.
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I sat down with Kate Watson to discuss her guiding business on the Fraser and Bulkley Rivers. We get into Tarponville and dig into her steelhead patterns and style of fly tying.
We pretty much cover it all along with a chat about Jerry French, relationships, Elvis and the Lady Caroline. This is a cool story about growing up in a lodge and keeping the flow going.
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Devin Olsen is back on the podcast for the second time. Our first 2-time guest! Devin shares his most recent book - Tactical Fly Fishing.
We break down each chapter of the book and go into some great tips for Euro Nymphing.
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I had the pleasure of sitting down with the most travelled fly fisherman on the planet. Jeff Currier has caught 400 species of fish on the fly and is still going for more.
We talk about some tips and tricks if you want to do some additional traveling this year. We go deep on some African Tigers, his 500k car and is upcoming nomadic life.
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Denny Rickards, the stillwater guru, came on the podcast to cover lakes and the history of stillwater fishing. Denny breaks down in simple form, where to find fish and how to present the fly properly to fish.
Denny talks about the 2 most critical things to understand when fishing lakes. He also talks about why a floating line is not great, and why he has the secret line that works 90% of the time.
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I sat down and had a great chat with Tom Rosenbauer, one of the most influential people in fly fishing and the man behind the largest fly fishing podcast in the world.
We talk about the story behind Orvis, some tips, tricks and common questions Tom gets and the easiest way to get started if you are brand new. This is the perfect show if you are just getting started or want to hear the story behind Orvis.