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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

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 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. In Season 2 we switch to a focus on trout fishing with topics like euro nymphing, entomology and much more. Come join us for the current season and share the stories and great memories told by amazing people.

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622 | Sun Valley Fly Fishing with Terry Ring of Silver Creek Outfitters - Idaho, Fly Shop, Euro Nymphing
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/622 Presented By: Skwala, Drifthook Fly Fishing, Togiak River Lodge, TroutRoutes In this podcast, Dave talks about Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho, famous for many "firsts" in fly fishing and skiing. He joins Terry Ring, owner of Silver Creek Outfitters, who shares tips on fly fishing and local history. The episode highlights the first fly shop in Idaho, the first ski lift, and pioneering fly fishing techniques. Join us as we talk to an expert and the man behind these responsible innovations. Episode Chapters with Terry Ring on Sun Valley Fly Fishing 3:02 - Terry shared his earliest memories of fishing. His father, a fly fisherman from Montana, crafted his own rods and flies like people did back then. Terry learned the art of tying flies and fly fishing around the age of seven, using a cane rod and rubber hip boots. 4:06 - He proceeded to address the history of his fly fishing shop. A man named Dick Alfs started the store with just a few fishing supplies like hooks, thread, fur, feathers, and head cement, which kept the store running until 1979. Terry then shared that he was hired as a guide that same year. 7:41 - When asked about the origins of his fly fishing shop, Terry mentioned, "I'm really proud of it." He highlighted more details on how Ketchum in Sun Valley grew to become the prominent place it is today. 10:23 - Terry proudly shares that Sun Valley was where the world's first chairlift was invented. He also highlights how Averell Harriman, a known government figure, significantly contributed to establishing Sun Valley. 13:29 - Matching the right guide with the guest's desires is key. His team includes two world champions and enthusiastic college students. To ensure the best experience, he uses "guide's choice" for reservations. 15:28 - He goes on to share how he met Brett and Will who influenced him into fly fishing. We had Bret on Episode 368. 20:09 - Terry talks about the dramatic changes in fishing gear over the years, from rods to tackle to clothing, which he especially appreciates for the comfort they provide. 18:10 - Terry brought up Andre Puyans who owned a fly shop in Walnut Creek, and was a passionate angler and the first to use a strike indicator. According to Terry, Andre often took groups from California to fly fishing schools, including Melwood's. 23:33 - Terry explains a unique situation up north involving three rivers, all part of the Big Lost system. 24:45 - Terry dived deeper into Silver Creek's history, explaining how it has changed significantly over the years due to development and shifting agricultural practices. The store, Silver Creek Outfitters, is named after this renowned creek, famous for its dry fly fishing. 32:36 - Terry introduced Al Grabber, a fantastic angler and fly casting instructor. Also a musician, Al values fly casting as an art. Originally from Austria, he spends a few months each spring in Slovenia leading groups. 39:47 - Terry shares that the best dry fly fishing usually happens from late June to mid-August, peaking in the American West from July 15th to August 15th. Conditions may vary based on the year, weather, and water flow. 42:39 - According to Terry, there's been a noticeable increase in young people taking up hunting, largely credited to figures like Steve Ella, who promotes a broad approach emphasizing locally sourced, organic food. 45:58 - Union Pacific owned Sun Valley until 1964 when it was sold to Bill Janz. However, financial struggles during a drought year in 1976-77 led to another sale. Earl Holding, the third owner, also owned part of the Jan Railroad and a 479-acre ranch, now the Silver Creek Preserve. 48:45 - Recently, a group of anglers formed Project Big Wood, an organization dedicated to research and conservation. 50:33 - Terry has his share of funny stories about famous people visiting Sun Valley, including Demi Moore, Janet Leigh, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/622      
55:37 6/21/24
In The Bucket #6 | Alaska, Michigan, Washington and BC - Tips, Tackle, and Bugs To Land large fish with Trevor Covich and Alex Belonga
We have an interesting show coming your way with pro guide Trevor Covich and fly designer Alex Belonga. These guys have never met before, but they share a passion for king salmon fishing. Alex is well known for creative salmon and steelhead flies. Trevor's a legendary spey guide splitting his time between Washington's Olympic Peninsula and some of the best waters in Alaska. We're gonna get some great tips on fly selection, efficient spey casting, and how to land more large salmon and steelhead.
108:21 6/19/24
620 | Fly Fishing Central Florida with Frank Catino - Indian River Lagoon, Wedding Cake Reel, Redfish
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/620  Presented by: Guide Book Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/guidebook  Today we delve into fly fishing Central Florida with the expert guidance of Frank, a seasoned angler with decades of experience. He'll share invaluable insights into fishing strategies, equipment, and techniques. From targeting redfish and snook with varying rod weights to the intricacies of sight fishing with specialized lines, he got it covered. He also highlights the importance of conservation in preserving the Indian River Lagoon system. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, Frank's wealth of experience and passion for fly fishing will inspire and inform your next fishing adventure. Episode Chapters with Frank Catino on Fly Fishing Central Florida 1:47 - Frank recounts his early days in the mid-1970s when fly fishing was rare in his area. He was mentored by Gary Schroeder, who introduced him to the sport. Frank ran a tackle store where he built custom rods. He collaborated with a machine shop to create a tarpon reel, which he successfully pitched to Orvis, leading to significant orders and cementing his place in the fly fishing industry. 5:38 - We talk about the Catino reel he used to build for Orvis until about 1984, at which point the market saw an influx of imported reels, making it difficult for him to compete due to his lack of machinist skills, unlike his competitors who were professional machinists. 7:53 - He assists Cortland in various capacities, particularly in Florida. He works with sales representatives and collaborates on developing fly lines and braids, leveraging his expertise in saltwater fishing. 8:24 - We delve into the fishing opportunities in central Florida. Frank highlights the diverse fishing options available in the lagoon system, emphasizing the popularity of sight fishing for redfish in Mosquito Lagoon. He lists other common species such as tarpon and snook, noting the variety available to anglers. 14:44 - Frank explains that the optimal fishing times vary depending on the season and temperature. Overall, he concludes that the best time for an all-day fishing experience in central Florida is from October through April due to cooler temperatures and more active fish. 17:18 - Mid-May they start seeing more tarpon, particularly larger ones. He mentions that there are smaller tarpons, weighing five to 20 pounds, present year-round in the backwater marshes where they grow by feeding on mosquito larvae. Hence the Mosquito Lagoon. 19:46 - We discuss the natural beauty and wildlife of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Canaveral National Seashore. Frank explains that the cape extends far into the ocean, and from his house, which is a few miles south, one can see the lagoon and the ocean. The region is popular for bird watching and is groomed for duck hunting. 22:11 - Frank highlights that while December and January are good months to visit their area, people must be cautious about hurricane season, which peaks from mid-August to the end of October, with September being the most active month. 24:32 - We dig into fishing strategies and equipment for targeting different fish species in various conditions. Around January, Frank typically sets rods for redfish and sometimes snook, using a variety of rod weights, primarily 6 to 8wt, because they are lighter and more comfortable for most anglers. He elaborates that in places like Mosquito Lagoon, his primary target would be redfish, but this could change depending on the location within the lagoon system. For example, further south, he might switch to targeting snook with heavier tackle. 27:18 - For targeting Snook, an 8wt rod is appropriate, along with 7 and 9wt rods, depending on the size of the fly being cast. He explains that 7wt rods are ideal for fishing smaller snook along mangrove shorelines, while 8 and 9wt rods are better for casting larger baitfish patterns, especially when targeting large snook. 34:42 - Frank explains the techniques involved in sight fishing for snook, such as using long leaders and clear lines while pulling around clear, shallow mangrove shorelines. He emphasizes the importance of longer casts and minimal boat imprint on the water to avoid spooking the large, wary fish. 37:16 - For snook, Frank suggests baitfish patterns, particularly those resembling mullet, a common baitfish in their area. We also discuss the effectiveness of flies such as Enrico Puglisi’s bait fish imitations and Lefty's Deceiver. 39:02 - He talks about his collaboration with Guide Book and shares that he has fished with Ben, targeting redfish in the Banana River, which offers a variety of fish species. 44:57 - Frank explains his approach to casting, emphasizing the importance of allowing the fly to settle for a moment before stripping it, mimicking the behavior of bait fish. He believes that snook, like freshwater bass, are curious and respond to the sound and movement of the fly. 47:60 - He mentions that the tarpon line they refer to is a floating line, with options that include a colored floating line, a clear floating line, and an intermediate Tropic Plus line that is crystal clear. For snook fishing, Frank personally recommends using either the clear floating or clear intermediate lines. 50:12 - Frank mentions some gear to prepare for an upcoming fishing trip in Central Florida. He emphasizes the importance of being familiar with the fishing tackle and ensuring it is in good condition. 53:45 - We talk about the types of reels and retrieval methods. Frank explains that in the past, the majority of anglers retrieved their lines with their right hand, which was influenced by the dominance of right-hand retrieve reels in the market, particularly from English manufacturers. 55:49 - We discuss his preferred saltwater fishing reels. Frank mentions using Tibor and Nautilus reels, highlighting a new reel called Old Mariner by Paul Conover, whose grandfather built the famous Fin-Nor Wedding Cake reel. This prompts us to delve into the history of Fin-Nor reels. 58:57 - We get into the conservation segment. Frank suggests Dr. Aaron Adams from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, who is known for his significant work on bonefishing. He also mentions Dr. Duane De Freese, the head of the Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP) for their region, who is actively involved in efforts to clean up the Indian River Lagoon system from past algae blooms. 1:02:42 - Frank highlights the area's accessibility and the variety it offers for both beginners and experts. He also explains that the lagoon has sections that can still be enjoyable and productive even when certain areas are affected by weather conditions. 1:05:01 - We talk about their airboat services. Frank's airboat, equipped with a powerful aluminum block Corvette engine, can reach speeds around 60 mph, although he prefers to go just fast enough to avoid getting stuck. It can navigate very shallow waters and even some hard-packed surfaces but struggles with mud. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/620 
69:35 6/17/24
Traveled #19 | Spring Creek Flies with Satoshi Yamamoto - Fly Tying Expo, Classic Salmon Flies, Montana Trout
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/619 Presented By: Yellowstone Teton Territory Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors Think of the last time you saw a fish rise to eat an insect. Were you able to identify what stage of the insect that that fish was feeding on? How about trying to identify the actual bug and what's your best method for capturing an insect? If you want to try to idea it, today's guest is going to give you answers to all these questions, and he's going to dive into fishing Spring creeks. So you are ready for your next big trip on the water. This has Traveled where we take a deep dive into a specific region of the country so you have a better feel for what it takes to put together a great trip. And so you are better prepared for that next journey. Satoshi Yamamoto, fly tying expert in Spring Creek Guide in the Yellowstone country shares his best tips on fishing spring creeks. Today you'll find out which are the best hatches during the year and the best times to fish each of those hatches. How to focus on and fish the PMD hatch and some killer fly time tips if you're fishing smallies or even the larger Atlantic salmon flies. Plus, you're going to hear the story of Satoshi's dream of being a cowboy and how it brought him westward and the story of how he made this a reality. This episode of Traveled is presented by Yellowstone Teton Territory, where you can explore great fishing, hunting, hot springs, winter sports, and so much more.  Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/619
65:44 6/14/24
618 | Choosing the Perfect Trout Fly with Spencer Durrant - Untangled Podcast, MidCurrent, Winston Fly Rod
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/618  Presented by: Yellowstone Teton Territory, Togiak River Lodge, FishHound Expeditions, Stonefly Nets Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors   Today, we're diving into choosing the perfect trout fly with an expert who knows his stuff. Imagine you're at the river with your perfect fly rod set-up, ready to catch a trout, but unsure which fly to use. Spencer Durrant, a fly fishing content creator and gear enthusiast, is here to help. He will guide us through the top three things to consider when choosing the right fly pattern, even if it's your first time fishing. Plus, he'll share his insights on gear reviews and his must-have flies for any situation. Episode Chapters with Spencer Durrant on Choosing the Perfect Trout Fly 2:40 - Spencer recounts his earliest experience with fly fishing. He shares a nostalgic story about how his father took him on an unexpected fishing trip instead of the grocery store, leading to a memorable day at Family Creek in Utah. 5:23 - He talks about his career journey. Spencer shares that after serving a mission for a church, he was uncertain about his future and decided against attending college. He gravitated towards fishing and spent significant time on the Lower Provo River in Utah. 10:30 - We discuss Spencer's journey into podcasting and his collaboration with Ventures Fly Co. He reveals that he has long been interested in podcasts and had a short-lived one a few years ago. His involvement with Ventures Fly Co. began serendipitously when he met the team while fishing, leading to a partnership. They launched their current podcast in December 2022, focusing on making fly fishing accessible for beginners. 13:40 - We dig into choosing the right fly for fly fishing. Spencer emphasizes simplifying the selection process to make it more accessible, especially for beginners. He and his colleague Alex from Ventures developed an easy-to-follow method called the "Right Fly Formula." The formula is based on three main criteria: size, shape, and color. 19:55 - To learn about fly fishing without getting too deep into the etymology, Spencer suggests visiting a local fly shop for detailed information about local rivers and hatching insects. For those without access to a fly shop or a nearby river, he recommends getting a basic education on identifying common insects like caddis, mayflies, and stoneflies, including their nymphs. 22:36 - He recommends visiting their website for online fly fishing and fly tying masterclasses for beginners. 23:58 - We dive deep into how to prepare for fishing in Yellowstone with dry flies. 31:23 - Spencer emphasizes that making flies look perfect isn't necessary and suggests that uniqueness can help a fly stand out. He shares an anecdote about a friend catching fish with a severely worn-out fly to highlight that presentation might be more important than the fly's appearance. 35:51 - He stresses the need to closely observe the surroundings. He advises turning over rocks in the water to match the local insect life to the flies in your tackle box, ensuring a better match and higher success rate in catching fish. 40:43 - Spencer mentions using a big dry fly and an orange dubbing that he found among his grandfather's fly-tying materials, which perfectly matches the October caddis. He often fishes a caddis emerger pattern, either off the back of an elk hair caddis dry fly or by nymphing it deep under a stonefly nymph to reach the bottom where fish are feeding. 43:40 - Spencer's Untangled Podcast began as a Q&A-based show driven by listener questions. He mentions his recent episodes, including topics like fly rods, waders, and trout behavior, and a notable episode where I gave my top 5 lessons from his 600 episodes. 46:45 - Spencer curates news stories and writes gear columns at MidCurrent, including reviews and guides on selecting the right equipment. He recently wrote about the BOA versus traditional laces for wading boots. He also delves into the challenges of providing unbiased gear reviews. Spencer acknowledges the difficulty of maintaining transparency, especially when he has personal relationships with gear manufacturers. Despite these relationships, Spencer asserts that he does not sugarcoat his reviews. He emphasizes the importance of honest evaluations, especially when products are expensive. 49:48 - We dig into fly rods. Spencer owns 13 Winston fly rods. He prefers a more progressive, medium-fast action fly rod. He also elaborates on his role as a reviewer, emphasizing the importance of providing comprehensive information to anglers. He recounts his meticulous effort in reviewing the Orvis Helios, discussing its impressive claims, and his interactions with Orvis rod designer Shawn Combs to verify them. 53:18 - Spencer recalls an episode he did with Tim Rajeff of Echo wherein he talked about the key factors in rod design—weight, speed, and durability. Spencer acknowledges that while the Orvis Helios is exceptionally impressive and should be considered by those seeking the best rod on the market, its long-term durability is yet to be fully determined. 54:56 - Spencer expresses his enthusiasm for Skwala, notably their Backeddy wader and hoodies, praising their comfort and quality. He also highlights the new Thomas & Thomas Avant II fly rod, dispelling the misconception that gear reviewers get to keep all the equipment they review. Most of the time, they receive loaner rods to test and return. Spencer also commends Douglas for their fly rods, particularly their new DXF series. Additionally, he notes other gear, such as Korkers' new Wade Lite boots, Simms’ G4Z waders, and Scientific Anglers' saltwater fly lines. 59:16 - For the rest of the year, Spencer reveals that they will be concluding their beginner fly fishing masterclass series by August. Following this, they will embark on a new project, a bug masterclass, which will provide in-depth information on various insects relevant to fly fishing. Additionally, Spencer discusses the release of new eBooks, including one about choosing the right fly for different fishing situations. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/618  
64:12 6/12/24
617 | Quebec's Premier Fly Fishing Destinations with Fred Campbell of Hooké – Atlantic Salmon, Conservation
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/617 Presented By: Waters West, Jackson Hole Fly Company, Smitty's Fly Box, Guide Book   What happens when life throws you a curveball? Our guest today was a pro skateboarder living the dream. Then, BAM! A car accident forces him to ditch the board. Fred Campbell is here to tell us how this plot twist turned Fred into an outdoor guru and the mastermind behind Hooké, one of Canada's hottest outdoor brands. Fred will give us a tour of Quebec's premier fly fishing destinations! This massive province in Eastern Canada offers incredible opportunities to catch Atlantic salmon, brook trout, arctic char, and many other species. Show Notes with Fred Campbell on Quebec's Premier Fly Fishing Destinations.  07:32 - Fred's first fly fishing experiences were with his grandfather, who took him canoeing and fishing for trout in Quebec. He later got into Atlantic salmon and wanted to make it more accessible. 10:51 - Fred also shares the story behind Hooké. The idea started as a fun name for his skateboarding and snowboarding crew and evolved into a brand. The name's unique accent makes it stand out and reflects his roots.   14:02 - Fred started in film production after a car accident ended his skateboarding career. He created Fokus Productions and eventually worked on big names like Red Bull. After 12 years, he got tired of the hectic lifestyle and found his passion in fly fishing. He started filming his fishing trips, shared them online, and then built a clothing line around his brand. The Hooké grew rapidly and eventually had its own TV show. 21:35 - Fred talked about meeting Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia. We had Yvon on the podcast in Episode 536. 28:44—We chat about Fred's approach to hunting and filmmaking. He doesn't show animals suffering or dying because he believes it doesn't add value. Instead, he focuses on the whole hunting experience.   25:19 - Fred talked about his clothing line and how he spends 100 days a year outdoors testing the gear. He loves seeing people wear his brand, especially in his home province of Quebec. Fishing in Quebec 41:06 - Fred shares about the amazing fishing opportunities in Quebec. Here are the different species you can catch there: Walleye and Lake Trout Brook Trout Atlantic Salmon Arctic Char   50:02 - Quebec has many managed fishing areas where you need permits, especially for Atlantic salmon. DIY fishing is possible but requires preparation and understanding of local regulations. Here are some websites you can visit for more information: Saumon Québec Quebec Outfitters Sépaq Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/617  
89:48 6/10/24
616 | Baja Fly Fishing with James Shaughnessy - Beulah Fly Rods, Roosterfish, Switch Rod
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/616  Presented by: Stonefly Nets, Jackson Hole Fly Company, Northern Rockies Adventures, Togens Fly Shop Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors  Today, we're diving deep into Baja Fly Fishing with James Shaughnessy, founder of Beulah Fly Rods. Get ready to discover where to find the elusive roosterfish, how to approach them, and why a steelhead mindset is essential for success. Whether you're a seasoned fly fisher or just starting, this episode is packed with tips and tricks on the best fly rods for different seasons and the ideal rod weight for this year's roosterfish adventure. So, grab your gear and join us for an engaging and informative chat with one of the industry's best. Episode Chapters with James Shaughnessy on Baja Fly Fishing 1:57 - James recounts his early fishing experiences, starting as a child in Puerto Rico, where he fished off beaches and developed a deep love for the ocean. His passion continued in Florida, where he fished for inshore species like sea trout and snook. 6:04 - He shares his journey into the fishing rod industry, detailing his extensive background and specialization in fly fishing. Having worked in fly shops and as a guide, he gained significant exposure to fly rods. James highlights that the switch rods were a pioneering product, as they were among the first commercial series available, setting his company apart. This innovation was well-received, leading to the development of fly lines specifically designed for switch rods, which were scarce at the time. 11:18 - James describes Baja as one of the best fishing spots in the world, likening it to a 900-mile pier. He highlights the accessibility of the beaches, the variety of species, and the ease of catching large sport fish like marlin and roosterfish close to shore due to the deep waters of the Sea of Cortez. He also emphasizes the friendly locals and the overall safety and beauty of the area. 14:19 - He elaborates on the challenges of catching roosterfish, particularly from the beach. He explains that even with live bait, roosterfish are notoriously difficult to catch due to their sharp instincts and tendency to reject bait. Catching them from the beach requires perfect timing, luck, and skill, making it a highly rewarding endeavor for dedicated fishermen. 16:15 - We dig into their operations in Baja which run during prime fishing months, offering trips usually consisting of five to six days of fishing. The busiest months are from May to July, and they resume after hurricane season in October, extending to Pacific side trips in November and December. 22:23 - He discusses the unique dorsal fin of roosterfish and its role in their hunting strategy. James explains that the fin is used to corral bait, such as sardines, by creating a vortex that traps the prey, making it easier for the roosterfish or its companions to catch it. This behavior is particularly evident during their feeding frenzy, which presents a prime opportunity for anglers to target them. 23:17 - James elaborates on the gear and techniques for targeting fishing roosterfish. From a boat, anglers typically use flies that mimic the baitfish in size and color. When fishing from the beach, larger flies are used to stand out among the baitfish schools, as roosterfish quickly dart in and out during their attacks. 29:36 - For targeting roosterfish, James recommends the Beulah G2 10wt rod, which is versatile enough for various conditions and effective for casting and fighting fish. He mentions that a 12wt rod might be used for larger fish but generally sticks to 10 or 11wt rods. For flies, James reiterates the effectiveness of a standard six-inch fly mullet pattern for roosterfish. 39:16 - James explains that the trips run from Saturday to Saturday, with guests flying in, picked up by a van, and transported a couple of hours up the coast. There are also opportunities for evening trips to fish for species like cubera snapper. 41:40 - James shares a story about a group of enthusiastic fishermen from Ukraine and Russia, one of whom aimed to catch as many different species as possible, ultimately catching 16 species in a week. The various species include African pompano, Golden trevally, Dorado, Milkfish, Billfish, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Marlin. 45:31 - He explains that roosterfish are present throughout the year, but their activity varies with the seasons. He notes that they are particularly aggressive starting in July, and beach fishing can be excellent despite the heat. He mentions that while roosterfish are around all year, the larger ones tend to migrate out by the end of October. James also outlines his fishing schedule, stating he fishes for Marlin in Mag Bay in November and December, then returns to Oregon for steelhead fishing in the winter. He spends August striper fishing in Maine while visiting family, indicating his year-round dedication to fishing. 48:23 - James elaborates on the extensive range of rods offered by Beulah. Their lineup includes rods for freshwater and saltwater fishing, ranging from lightweight single-hand rods for trout to heavier two-hand overhead and spey rods. He highlights the versatility of their products, including travel-friendly six-piece rods. 49:49 - For steelhead fishing, James' go-to rod is a 12-foot 8 and 6wt rod. For winter steelhead, he prefers the 12-foot 8wt rod. These rods are designed to handle different conditions and fish sizes, with James highlighting their effectiveness in various fishing scenarios, such as tight coastal streams and larger steelhead in Washington. 56:33 - We start with our random segment. James reminisces about listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, and Frank Zappa, highlighting his diverse taste in music. 57:25 - I ask James for advice he would have given to his younger self when he first started fly fishing. He emphasizes the importance of being careful while wading, as beginners often wade too deep and lack proper grip on their boot soles, which can lead to accidents. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/616 
62:21 6/7/24
615 | The Carp Clave with Drew Evans - The Fly Project, Fish Camps, Carp Fishing
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/615  Presented by: Skwala, TroutRoutes, Togiak River Lodge, Visit Helena, MT Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors  In today's episode, Drew Evans of The Fly Project walks us through their buzzing Carp Clave event. Drew will share his top three carp fishing tips, including the legendary drag-and-drop technique you don’t want to miss. Plus, he’ll dive into the must-have gear for the season and give us the scoop on spotting carp in those tricky river flats. And if that’s not enough, get ready to be hooked by tales of fish camps and exotic fishing trips to places like Belize! Episode Chapters with Drew Evans on the Carp Clave 3:11 - Drew describes the Carp Clave event as possibly the first of its kind, aiming to educate and introduce more people to carp fishing, which traditional trout fishermen often overlook. It was held in Boardman, Oregon, a location chosen for its abundant flats and carp. 7:18 - Drew explains that the Carp Clave highlights the parallels between flats fishing, typically a saltwater technique, and carp fishing in shallow waters across the United States and even globally. 8:55 - He walks us through the event. He mentions Dick Sagara and a few more of the huge supporters of the event and the vendors and brands that were there. 18:20 - Drew explains that House of Fly is where he works. They offer a comprehensive range of fly fishing gear, from saltwater equipment to small creek necessities, carrying well-known brands like Echo, Sage, and Winston. 20:51 - We talk about his home river. For steelhead, he goes to Clearwater, Idaho. He also targets salmon and smallmouth bass. 25:01 - Drew explains that spring brings challenges like weather fronts and strong winds, which can affect water clarity essential for flat-style fishing. Despite potential visibility issues, carp can still be targeted due to their bright appearance, especially against sandy bottoms. He emphasizes the importance of identifying the fish's orientation to place the fly correctly. 28:04 - We dig into the gear for fishing in the Boardman area of the Columbia River for successful fishing during April. He emphasizes the importance of having a rod with a good backbone, suggesting an eight-weight rod as ideal. This rod size is versatile for different types of fish, including redfish, bonefish, permit, pike, smallmouth bass, and carp. 29:06 - He highlights the importance of selecting lines that can handle wind and varying temperatures. He recommends saltwater tapers, especially the Rio Outbound short for cold conditions and the SA Grand Slam or redfish taper for warmer conditions. 31:18 - Drew typically uses a long leader, around 12 to 13 feet, particularly when dealing with spooky fish. To counterbalance the long leader and ensure the fly sinks faster, he uses a heavier fly and often opts for a fluorocarbon tippet, ranging from 12 to 16 pounds. He mentions specific products like the redfish leaders from SA or Rio, which he finds particularly effective. 32:15 - He notes that anything from sizes 8 to 4 can be effective for the flies. He mentions the importance of having a variety of flies with different weights, from light bead chain eyes to medium dumbbell eyes, to adapt to different water depths. He highlights a particular fly, the hybrid carp fly created by John Bartlett, which has proven highly effective in carp fishing. 37:28 - Drew gives us three reasons to try carp fishing. He points out the accessibility of it, as it doesn't require long drives like trout fishing. He also mentions the practice it provides for saltwater fishing and the conservation benefits, as carp can be fished in hot weather when other fish are less active. It also offers a thrilling, challenging experience. 41:16 - He talks about the strategies for finding and not spooking carp while fishing. He emphasizes the importance of locating shallow water areas that can accommodate multiple fish. Drew also points out the value of patience, mentioning that if carp have been seen in a particular flat before, they are likely to return. 47:09 - Drew gives some strategies for catching carp, particularly for those who may not have had much success. He advises anglers to lengthen their leader and practice the "drag and drop" technique to avoid spooking the fish. He emphasizes that casting directly at the fish can scare them away, so it's better to be subtle with the approach. 50:32 - We talk about conservation. Drew highlights his involvement with Trout Unlimited and the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) chapters at WFSU and the University of Idaho, working with dedicated groups of students. 52:13 - I ask about his preference for music. He enjoys a variety of music genres, from hardcore punk and death metal in his youth to more mellow indie and new country music as he has aged. He mentions that Black Flag is his favorite band of all time. He also listens to many podcasts, including Joe Rogan's show and "99% Invisible." 53:56 - For beginners, Drew emphasizes the importance of patience, noting that fly fishing is inherently challenging and not something one can master quickly. 1:01:00 - Drew shares about their fish camps in Belize. It's a five-day guided trip where participants can have an opportunity to fish for bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/615 
65:53 6/5/24
614 | Striper Fishing on the East Coast with Capt. Jason Moore - Island Fly, Wild Fish Wild Places
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/614 Presented By: Drifthook Fly Fishing, FishHound Expeditions, Yellowstone Teton Territory, Visit Helena, MT Jason Moore is on the podcast, and we'll get his three best tips for striper fishing on the East Coast. We'll also get an update on the trends out east and where you can get more information. We're heading to the East Coast today with Jason of Island Fly. Show Notes with Jason Moore on Stiper Fishing.  02:10 - Jason grew up in a small beach town in southern New Jersey, where he loved surfing and conventional fishing. He spent 25 years in Colorado and got into trout fishing. After that, he returned to the coast and got into saltwater fly fishing. Island Fly  3:05 - When Jason started Island Fly four years ago, their main target was stripers, which he said are great on the fly. During summers when stripers head north for cooler waters, they focus on other species like flounder, bluefish, and cow nose rays. Photo via https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/pacific_cownose_ray 06:29 - Jason says they are on Brigantine Island, where there are vast sandy flats, and the best way to fish for cow nose rays is from a boat. Cow nose rays are best targeted from mid-June to late August when the water is warm. You can also go for flounder and catch bluefish during this time. Additionally, they sometimes fish for spinner sharks. Check out our episode on Mako Shark Shark Fly Fishing with Conway Bowman  Wild Fish Wild Places  09:46 - Jason talks about his trip to the Columbian Amazon to fish for peacock bass with my good friend Denis Isbister from Wild Fish Wild Places. The trip was super remote, involving long boat rides and hiking through the jungle to reach untouched lagoons. The episode is set to premiere in October 2024! Catch the raw footage here: Striper Fishing  18:28 - The best time for a striper fishing trip is spring, especially April and May because the weather is more consistent. These fish move north as the water warms, following bait fish like menhaden. 23:55 - Jason owns a 22-foot panga, which he finds perfect for striper fishing. However, there are alternative options for stripers fishing without a boat, such as beach fishing and fishing around jetties. 29:19 - When fishing for stripers, matching the fly to the water depth and fish behavior is important. Surface lures like gurglers and poppers are effective in shallow waters (three feet or less), while streamers work better in deeper areas. Tarpon toad flies work well in challenging situations. Tips for Successful Striper Fishing Look for structures and moving water to locate fish. Use surface lures like poppers in the morning and evening to attract fish. Switch to streamers during the day for continued success. Experiment with different color patterns to find what works. Try crab patterns in shallow waters. Other Species Rays 34:43 - Unlike striper fishing, where you're on the boat chasing after fish, ray fishing involves wading in shallow, warm waters near sandbars. The rays are often seen in large numbers and are targeted with crab flies. A minimum of nine-weight rods is recommended. Sub-50-foot casts are typical. Be prepared with ample backing due to the ray's powerful runs. Blue Fish They can be caught from spring through summer. Very aggressive and fun to catch. Flounder Flounders are found on sandbars during the warm summer months. Shallow water fishing using a six-weight rod. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/614    
60:52 6/3/24
613 | The California Carp Hunter with Dagur Árni Guðmundsson - Guidebook Co, Iceland, Clint Eastwood
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/613 Presented By: Guide Book If you had the choice to fish Iceland or the central coast of California, which would you choose? And what if you had to choose between Atlantic salmon and fishing for carp on the fly? Our guest is a guide in both of these areas. And today you're gonna get a front seat to find out why you should choose carp and the tips you need to understand carp behavior so you can catch more fish next time you're on the water. Dagur, The California Carp Hunter, is here to take a deep dive into catching carp on the fly with a focus on fishing lakes in the Central Coast of California. You're gonna find out what dimples on the ground mean and how this will help you find more fish. You're going to know how to catch fish around the carp, spawn something that many people get wrong, and you'll also hear about this amazing algae hatch and how you can match the algae hatch. Plus, you're gonna find out which moon is perfect for carp fishing and the story of day's altercation with the Clint Eastwood family and how he ultimately made amends for our carp, the freshwater equivalent of bonefish.
64:30 5/31/24
611 | Epic Waters Angling with Steve Morrow - Chinook Salmon, Togiak River Lodge
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/611 Presented By: Togiak River Lodge Tune in to today's episode and get an inside look into Epic Waters Angling with Steve Morrow. Steve has been putting together epic trips all around the world, and he's here to tell us about their program for king salmon in Alaska and how you can take advantage of it. In this episode, you'll discover what it takes to find, hook, and land your first Chinook salmon on the fly! You'll also know the perfect timing for fishing and the best spots where fish will likely hold. Show Notes with Steve Morrow on Epic Waters Angling.  I'm excited to put this episode together today for several reasons. First, I'm heading back to Alaska, and Chinook is definitely on my mind. And today, we've got a real expert joining us who knows all about Chinook salmon and spey fishing. Plus, add Alaska. Does it get any better than that? 03:18 - Steve was obsessed with fishing of all kinds and spent a lot of time at tackle shops when he was young. Eventually, he worked at Michael & Young Fly Shop, where he learned from shop guys that he admired. 05:33 - Epic Waters Angling offers fly fishing trips to challenging spots in North America. These trips make tough fishing locations easier and more fun for anglers. Chinook Fishing in Alaska 07:25 - Steve describes the experience of fishing in Togiak and how it's different from fishing in British Columbia. He finds Togiak exciting because it's like solving a fishing puzzle with its unique features. Here are some key puzzle pieces for targeting Chinook salmon successfully: Timing the tides is very important when catching Chinook salmon. Knowing when the tides come in rivers like the Togiak and the Kanektok helps catch more fish. Aside from the tide, Steve says figuring out how quickly the fish moves upstream can help you position yourself effectively. Choosing the Right Gear for Chinook Fishing Rods 17:00 - When gearing up for Chinook salmon fishing, Steve prefers using spey fishing gear for easy casting and reduced shoulder strain compared to single-hand rods. Steve recommends rods between 13 and 15 feet long, from 8 wt to 10 wt. His number one rod is a 9140 Nom rod. Lines 23:00 - Steve uses Skagit lines exclusively to target Chinook salmon due to their effectiveness in delivering maximum payload. Here are his recommendations: Rio Skagit Max Launch GameChanger Sink Tips 27:16 - Two of the most important sink tips you should have for Steve are 10 feet of T-17 and 10 feet of T-14. He also suggests having 10 feet of T-11 for specific situations and a couple of lighter sink tips, like the MOW tips. Togiak River Lodge Experience 33:24 - Steve talks about the fishing strategies at Togiak Lodge and the overall lodge experience. They spend time observing fish behavior and trends upon arrival at Togiak Lodge. It takes a few days to understand where the fish are located and how they behave in current conditions. Leaders 37:23 - Steve's ideal leader length is three to four feet. He uses a 20-lb Maxima across the board because he finds it reliable for steelhead and Chinook. Fly Selection 38:32 - Steve's go-to fly for Chinook in Togiak is the pink Reverse Marabou. Other effective colors include blue and chartreuse, black and chartreuse, black and blue, and blue and silver.   Conservation Efforts at Epic Waters Angling 1:02:00 The Coast to Clouds Conservation Foundation is a nonprofit under Epic Waters that collects a conservation surcharge from clients to fund impactful projects. They also collaborate closely with the Native Fish Society. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/611    
74:08 5/29/24
610 | Healing Waters with Beau Beasley - Memorial Day, Brian Mancini, Veterans' Stories
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/610b  Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors    Today, we're diving deep into what Memorial Day truly means and how we can honor the brave men and women who have served our country. We're joined by Beau Beasley, the author of "Healing Waters," a book that captures raw and heartfelt stories of veterans in their own words. Beau's here to share some profound insights from his interviews, including the moving story of Brian Mancini and the challenges he faced while writing about 35 wounded veterans. We'll explore the powerful emotions and sacrifices behind these stories and discover why readers are so captivated by his book. So, grab a comfy seat and get ready for an emotional roller coaster as we hear from Beau Beasley on this special day. Episode Chapters with Beau Beasley on Healing Waters 2:10 - Beau tells us how the idea behind his book "Healing Waters" came to be. He had just finished writing his second book, "Fly Fishing Mid-Atlantic" when illustrator Alan Folger approached him with an idea for a new book about Project Healing Waters. 7:08 - He shares about Brian Mancini, a staff sergeant who was his roommate during a project event. He maintained a friendship with Brian, who eventually started a nonprofit and appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show. However, Brian's suicide devastated Beau, leading him to dedicate his book to Brian. 13:29 - Beau shares another story of a veteran named Walt Carey. He served in Korea as a forward observer and spent 29 years in the Navy. During the COVID pandemic, Walt became ill and was hospitalized, ultimately passing away in hospice. Beau recounts the emotional experience of being called to say his final goodbyes and later attending Walt's burial at Arlington National Cemetery. 16:09 - Beau elaborates that his book not only honors service members but also aims to raise funds for Project Healing Waters and inform people about the broader sacrifices made by military families. 19:10 - He explains why he believes Alan chose him to write the book. Beau is a retired firefighter who found solace in fly fishing, which helped him cope with the stresses of his job. He draws parallels between his experiences and those of veterans, highlighting the therapeutic benefits of the sport. 25:01 - I ask him about the challenges in writing Healing Waters. One of these was conveying the veterans' stories accurately while making sure they had control over their narratives. 41:15 - He tells us how he got the veterans to share their intense and emotional stories for his book. He explains that his background in the fire department helped build trust with the veterans, as they knew he had experienced traumatic events himself. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/610b 
48:37 5/27/24
Traveled #18 | Jimmy's All Seasons Angler with Curtis Fry - Fly Fish Food, Fly Tying, Fly Shop Experience
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/610  Presented by: Yellowstone Teton Territory Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/teton    Curtis Fry, co-owner of Fly Fish Food, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the acquisition of Jimmy's All Seasons Angler and shares what sets a great fly-tying shop apart from the rest. But that's not all. Curtis also delves into the everyday philosophy that drives their business, the importance of being prepared for your next fly shop visit, and how to navigate the choppy waters of online feedback. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just getting your feet wet, this episode is packed with valuable advice to enhance your fly fishing journey. Episode Chapters with Curtis Fry on Jimmy's All Seasons Angler 7:29 - Curtis discusses the acquisition of Jimmy's All Seasons Angler, a renowned fly fishing shop for over 40 years. Jimmy's became well-known for its focus on fly tying, making it a staple in the community, especially during the winter Saturday demo sessions. The shop's reputation and Jimmy's desire to retire presented Curtis and his business partner, Cheech, with the opportunity to take over. The transition occurred in June 2023, with Jimmy truly stepping back to enjoy more fishing. Curtis and Cheech focused on retaining the shop's essence while implementing significant improvements. They revamped the interior, greatly expanded the fly and fly tying selections, and introduced more brands and products. 18:34 - Curtis talks about the importance of community and relationships in the fly fishing industry. He explains that their approach includes offering high-quality, free content, such as fly-tying tutorials, to engage with the community. 21:41 - Curtis highlights the importance of immediate feedback in today's consumer-driven world, noting that poor customer service quickly becomes known, especially with more options available for consumers. He emphasizes the need for businesses to excel in customer service and social media engagement. 26:41 - We dig into the unique qualities of Jimmy's All Seasons Angler, particularly its emphasis on fly tying compared to other shops. Curtis highlights the extensive planning and analysis in selecting their product mix and managing inventory. He points out the importance of understanding consumer behavior, especially with the shift towards online shopping. 32:33 -  Curtis advises how fly fishing beginners can get started, particularly emphasizing the value of visiting local fly shops like Jimmy's. He said first understand where and how they plan to fish. He also recommends beginners familiarize themselves with the basics of the type of fishing they're interested in and then explore fly tying through resources like the fly tying tutorials on their website. Beyond basic tutorials, Curtis mentions their "Skill Builder" series on YouTube, which delves into more specific techniques. 36:37 - Curtis mentions that even beginners who have done some basic fly tying, like zebra midges or pheasant tails, can find suitable dry flies to use during specific hatches like the beta hatch, which has been very good recently. 38:16 - The conversation shifts to comparing fishing in the Provo area with other locations such as Henry's Fork and South Fork. Curtis points out that Provo's proximity to populated areas makes it busier, but notes its walk-and-wade accessibility. However, he suggests that areas like Henry's Fork offer a wider variety of water and fewer people, appealing more to destination anglers. 40:06 - Curtis advises that newcomers to fly shops should keep an open mind, as everyone can have a bad day, and emphasizes the importance of being ready to answer questions to help shop employees provide the best guidance. He also suggests that beginners should be willing to set aside any need to appear knowledgeable, as this attitude can hinder learning and the reception of valuable advice. 42:15 - Curtis outlines the selection process for their lineup of boats, ranging from entry-level float tubes to high-end drift boats. He mentions that float tubes despite their simplicity are still very useful, especially for accessing high mountain lakes. Curtis also shares his favorite float tube model, the slash float tube from Dave Scadden Paddlesports. This model is distinctive for using a standup paddleboard's rigid style to create a platform that sits between two pontoons, serving as the seat. 47:15 - Curtis reveals they have four "shop dogs", a 65-pound Sheepadoodle named Gwen, a jet-black Poodle named Zeppelin who is notably annoying, and an English Bulldog named Scotty. Additionally, there's Squatch, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, brought in by Curtis's colleague, Cheech. 48:60 - We talk about their Shop Talk Podcast. Curtis acknowledges that their podcasting efforts are the least consistent part of their projects, but they still maintain a dedicated space for it. Despite the irregular schedule, he enjoys producing it. 50:41 - Curtis advises beginners in fly fishing to take a guided trip early on, emphasizing how such an experience could significantly flatten the learning curve. He notes that while not everyone can afford it, investing in at least one guided trip can offer personalized learning opportunities, tailored to the beginner's needs. 52:40 - Curtis shares the potential expansion plans for Fly Fish Food, which has a strong presence in various locations and is considering further growth. 58:35 - Curtis recommends Stockman's Restaurant in Idaho Falls, a reputable steakhouse known for its quality beef. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/610 
61:05 5/24/24
609 | Fly Shops Then and Now: Insights from a Veteran Fly Fishing Rep with Dick Sagara
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/609 Presented By: Jackson Hole Fly Company, Yellowstone Teton Territory, Togiak River Lodge, Stonefly Nets Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors Have you ever heard this before on a podcast that fly shops are the backbone of the fly fishing industry, this is one of the things that makes the fly fishing industry so unique and is one of the best resources you can utilize as an angler. Do you have a fly shop nearby? And have you seen some of these fly shops go out of business in recent years? And do you do more online shopping or more shopping at a fly shop when you need new fly fishing gear? Today we have a veteran fly fishing rep who's going to take us back in history and then back to the present day. So you have the insight and information you need to make more informed purchasing decisions.
68:36 5/22/24
608 | The Best Fly Lines for Atlantic Salmon Fishing with Topher Browne
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/608 Presented By: Togens Fly Shop, Waters West, Skwala Do you want to know the best fly lines for Atlantic salmon fishing? Have you ever wondered when to use a longer leader with a sinking line for that perfect fly presentation? Topher Browne is back on the show to break down spey lines, fish physiology, and all the good stuff in his Atlantic salmon books. Find out how to tell when your fly is in the fishing zone and why he uses an out-of-production Scandinavian line. Plus, get to know the guy who's caught more steelheads than anyone on the planet! Show Notes with Topher Browne on Atlantic Salmon Fishing. 01:50 - We had Topher on Episode 464 about a year ago, and it was a hit! We're bringing him back for round two to dive deeper into his Atlantic salmon books and more. But before that, I asked Topher what he's been up to since we last talked. 02:26 - Topher had his toughest June ever last year due to climate change. He spent 17 days on the Quebec and New Brunswick rivers without catching fish. 06:04 - Topher is a field editor for Chasing Silver, an Atlantic salmon and steelhead-specific magazine. He mentions that the Norwegian and Icelandic salmon reports were bad. 09:26 -  Topher shares his fishing experiences with his friend Greg Pearson. He and Greg worked on a spey DVD for Scientific Anglers in 2005 called Spey to Z. 16:09 - Topher uses a Seaguar Blue Label fluorocarbon leader for its durability. He typically starts with a 20-pound tippet for early-season fish. 20:18 - Topher's advice: tweak your fishing techniques based on water flow, temperature, clarity, and fish behavior. Here are some key takeaways: Early-run fish are more aggressive and likely to move longer distances for a fly. Topher suggests using a floater in low, clear water to make it easier to speed up your fly. Use longer leaders in clear water to avoid spooking fish. Select fly colors more visible in dirty water, like black, orange, and red. Quicker movements in clear water prevent fish from losing interest in the fly. 36:14 - Topher talks about the advantages of using Scandinavian lines for salmon fishing. 46:06 - Topher did several experiments to compare depths using different techniques. He found that the angler's techniques matter more than the sinking rate of the fly line. Topher notes that while precision isn't necessary, knowing your fly's depth can greatly improve your fishing success. 53:45 - Topher recalls fishing with Jim Adams. He said that Jim has probably caught more steelhead than anyone. Jim's strategy involved targeting the fish in shallow, quiet spots along the river's edges. 57:00—For Topher, the Triple D line from Guideline is the best line for Atlantic salmon. These triple-density lines are customizable in length and weight but were later discontinued. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/608    
83:12 5/20/24
In The Bucket #5 | Expert Tips on Steelhead, Salmon, and Carp with Stu Fox, Eric Leininger, and Scoot Mason
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/607 Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors We have a fun show planned with an international crew of fly tyers, including Stuart Foxall, Eric Leininger, and Scoot Mason. These three characters have a wealth of angling experience to share with you. We're gonna be talking food source, fly design, new and effective mending strategies, productive fly presentation, and innovative topwater techniques for king salmon. And how do you best turn steelhead bites into hooked fish... so lots of stuff coming your way today.
93:03 5/17/24
606 | Musky Angling History with Larry Ramsell - Modern Muskie Records, IGFA
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/606 Presented By: Togens Fly Shop, Jackson Hole Fly Company, FishHound Expeditions, Visit Helena, MT Have you ever wondered what gear to use to land a world-record musky? Today, we're hanging out with musky legend Larry Ramsell. Larry has been fishing for muskies for over 60 years and has some crazy stories. We chat about fake IGFA records, his mission to set things straight, and why some lures are worth $900! We'll also cover the significant issues facing the musky population and how to preserve these giants long-term. This is another epic episode with one of the old-school anglers who paved the way for all of us! Show Notes with Larry Ramsell on Musky Angling History. ed his first musky in 1957 and has spent 68 years chasing muskies all over North America and Canada. 03:44 - Muskies are native to areas like the St. Lawrence River, Georgian Bay, the Ohio River drainage down into Kentucky, the Mississippi River, the Chippewa River, the Wisconsin River, and parts of Eastern Minnesota. Due to stocking and propagation efforts, muskies can now be found all over the northern half of the US and in Ontario and Quebec. World Record Musky 4:31 - Some of the largest muskies ever caught have been found in the St. Lawrence River and Georgian Bay. Despite being a native of Hayward, Wisconsin, which claims to be "home of world record muskies," Larry says that the records of the '30s and the '40s were all bogus. 6:19 - There are various record organizations for muskies: International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in Florida Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward Modern Muskie Records Larry helped build the record program for the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in the early '70s. He later resigned from the Hall of Fame and started Modern Muskie Records. 07:00 - Their current record at MDMWRP is a 58-pound fish caught on Lake Bellaire, Michigan, in 2013. IGFA recognizes Cal Johnson's 67.5-pound musky, while the Hall of Fame recognizes Louis Spray's fish at 69 pounds, 11 ounces. Larry points out that both records have been proven to be questionable. 13:26 - We discuss the challenges of verifying the legitimacy of musky records. Larry shares some instances of tampering, such as adding sand to increase the weight of the fish.   The Rise of Musky Fishing  20:42 - In the 1960s, Muskies Inc. was founded, and they heavily advocated catch and release for muskies. As more people practiced catch and release, the musky population flourished. This led to the increased popularity of musky fishing. 23:00 - Larry points out the need for better handling practices when catching muskies. He says anglers should use the proper tools and techniques when handling and releasing the fish to ensure survival. Here are some of his tips: Use a pair of bolt cutters to remove the hooks quickly. Consider hand-holding the fish at the side of the boat instead of using a net, and keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Avoid excessive photography. 29:08: Muskies can live up to 20 to 25 years or older. Larry also mentions the difference in egg production between musky strains. Larry Ramsell's Musky Fishing Tips  44:00 - Larry expresses frustration over some musky fishermen prioritizing expensive lures over proper gear, such as quality rods, reels, and lines. He says that while it may not be a poor man's sport, there are affordable options to enjoy musky fishing. Here are some of Larry's tips for beginners: Start with areas that have a higher population of musky. Learn the techniques for catching muskies and how to handle them properly. Remember that catching large muskies requires patience and skill. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/606  
67:16 5/15/24
605 | Musky Fly Fishing with Dan Donovan of Musky Fool Fly Fishing Co.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/605   Presented by: Guide Book, Jackson Hole Fly Company, Yellowstone Teton Territory Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors    Dan Donovan, the owner and passionate angler behind Musky Fool guides us through mastering musky fly fishing today. Discover the Musky School and how you can be part of this exciting adventure. Learn the ins and outs of choosing the right fly to hit muskies as large as 20 inches, and master the techniques to cast them like a pro. Discover the four essential presentations that will elevate your musky game today. Don't miss out on this chance to transform your approach to musky fishing with tips from the expert himself. Episode Chapters with Dan Donovan on Musky Fly Fishing 3:49 - Dan discusses his experience with tying a musky fly, which was initially intended to mimic conventional black and silver baits but was unsatisfactory. Despite its poor start, Dan mentions that his skill in fly tying improved over time. 4:51 - Musky Fool Fly Fishing Co., the only fly shop in the Madison area, is highlighted for its comprehensive coverage of various fishing needs, particularly known for musky but offers gear and guidance for all types of fly fishing, capitalizing on the rich fishing environment in and around Madison. 5:23 - Dan notes that Wisconsin winters can be tough, affecting the local environment and fishing seasons. The early arrival of spring has implications for the musky season, potentially advancing the schedule for fishing activities in the area. 6:22 - We talk about our upcoming musky fly fishing trip planned for mid-September in northern Wisconsin. Dan highlights this time of year as optimal for musky fishing due to their behavior and the environmental conditions. 16:32 - Dan discusses strategies to target muskies successfully. He emphasizes the importance of "hunting your fly," meaning anglers need to actively impart action into the fly to make it appealing to the fish. He mentions that simply casting and retrieving in a monotonous pattern is ineffective. Instead, anglers must vary their retrieval techniques, such as incorporating pauses, different speeds, and lengths of strips to mimic the diverse behaviors of prey. 21:05 - Dan explains the wide variation of musky flies, which range from six to 20 inches, designed to imitate bait fish. He mentions that in September, the focus isn't on the variety of flies but on placing them correctly, typically using flies between nine to 12 inches on 11 and 12 weights. 23:41 - He outlines four main presentations of flies, including topwater for noise attraction, glide style for sideways movement, jerk style or diving flies for a downward then wobbling upward motion, and weighted jig style for a hopping effect over structures. Each style is designed to mimic natural prey movements to entice muskies. 26:59 - Dan emphasizes the importance of the strip action to create movement in the fly, advocating for a strong pull followed by a pause, possibly with a twitch, before another vigorous rip. 33:15 - He mentions their efforts to provide resources for those unable to take guided trips, such as launching a video series on their website and social media, offering tutorials on fly tying, sharing fishing tips through their podcast named "Spot Burn", and planning to show real fishing techniques through videos. 40:53 - Dan describes muskie fishing as a "knife fight in a phone booth" rather than a long-distance battle, highlighting the aggressive nature of muskies and their tendency to try to escape rather than take long runs. He suggests giving the fish multiple hard strip sets to ensure the hook is properly set, noting that muskies are adept at freeing themselves from hooks. 48:36 - We dig into the ideal gear for a musky fishing trip. He recommends large nets, specifically the Solo Slimer Net from RS Nets USA for durability and the Stowmaster for its foldability, to accommodate different fishing boat sizes. For rods, he suggests a 2pc 10-weight from the Chippewa River Custom Rod, made in Wisconsin, for its lightweight and casting capability. He also emphasizes the importance of having the right line, recommending Cortland's Pike Muky Sink 4 and Intermediate lines for versatility in different fishing conditions. You can get a chance to win a spot in our upcoming Musky School and a bunch of gear specifically for musky fishing by signing up through this link: wetflyswing.com/giveaway. 56:36 - Dan explains the concept of the "figure eight" technique used in musky fishing, where the angler makes a figure eight motion with their rod tip next to the boat to entice muskies to bite. 1:08:07 - Dan tells us about Louis Spray, a notorious figure known for his pirate-like demeanor and significant achievements in fly fishing. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/605 
76:03 5/13/24
604 | The Policy Behind Your Catch: The American Sportfishing Association with Connor Bevan
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/604 Presented By:  Yellowstone Teton Territory, Skwala, TroutRoutes Today's episode focuses on an important organization helping to generate billions of dollars to protect our fish species. Join me as I chat with Connor Bevan, the Inland Fisheries Policy Manager at the American Sportfishing Association. Hear how partnerships on Capitol Hill shape the future of fish species preservation. Today you will also find out how you can lend your voice to this cause and ensure our fish populations will thrive for generations. Plus, we'll also take a thrilling ride to ICAST—the world's largest sportfishing event this July in Florida! Show Notes with Connor Bevan on American Sportfishing Association. 2:00 - Connor's fishing adventures began in Northern California with his dad. Connor also enjoys fly fishing on the Bow River in Calgary and the Delaware River on the East Coast. The American Sport Fishing Association (ASA) The ASA is the leading trade association for the recreational fishing industry. They advocate for healthy fisheries and science-based policies. Their efforts contribute to the US economy, with an annual impact of $148 billion. 8:00 - ASA deals with a wide range of issues, but one of their major focuses is reauthorizing the America's Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act). 10:30 - ASA is a link between the sportfishing community and Capitol Hill. They leverage the community's voice to ensure they have a nationwide appeal. 13:00 - Connor says that while there is a common understanding of the need for healthy fisheries, ASA acknowledges that Congress needs to balance various priorities. It is important to educate decision-makers on the impact of what they do on water quality, fishing, and overall environmental health. What You Can Do to Help 15:27 - Connor suggests several ways: Get involved with Keep America Fishing. This is their advocacy platform for anglers to weigh in on different issues both on national and regional levels. Share any local issues or concerns with ASA. Connor says they are always interested in hearing what's going on at the local level. Become an active member of the community. What is the ICAST?  17:00 - The ICAST is the world's largest sportfishing industry trade show. It's where you can see all the latest products, innovations, and trends in the industry. This year's ICAST 2024 will be in Orlando, Florida from July 16th to July 19th. 19:13 - Connor says that fly fishing's presence at ICAST is growing. Last year they introduced a dedicated floor space for fly companies, and they saw a lot of interest. 26:37 - One of the American Sportfishing Association's big focuses over the last several years has been taking a more preventative look at aquatic invasive species. The fishing and boating industry launched a Blue Ribbon Commission to improve preventive and management strategies for these invasive species. 28:18 -  The MAPLand Act requires federal agencies to standardize and digitize maps they hold within the agencies. ASA supports the MapWaters Act to similarly direct federal agencies to digitize and standardize that mapping information. A Day in the Life at Capitol Hill  35:18 - Connor says that every day is different for him. He spends a lot of time in meetings with legislative staff. Travel is a big part of the job. Connor attends trade shows and conducts site visits. He also coordinates regularly with their members to discuss issues affecting their businesses. 36:54 - Excise taxes are fees imposed on the sale of fishing gear like rods, reels, and even marine fuel. These funds are then distributed to state agencies based on a specific formula. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/604  
54:08 5/10/24
603 | Global Fishing Adventures with David Coggins - The Believer, Patagonia, Norway
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/603  Presented by: FishHound Expeditions, TroutRoutes, Stonefly Nets, Togiak River Lodge Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors   Join us in this fascinating episode as David Coggins, a celebrated author and seasoned angler, shares his global fishing adventures and the stories behind his latest book. Discover the allure of chasing elusive fish in exotic locations and how David merges his keen sense of style with the practical aspects of angling. Whether you're curious about the nuances of fishing in Norwegian rivers or the challenges of catching permit in Belize, David's experiences offer invaluable insights and inspire anglers to dream big and fish with style.   Episode Chapters with David Coggins on Global Fishing Adventures 1:32 - David discusses his recent activities and his new book, "The Believer: A Year in the Fly Fishing Life." This book was inspired during the COVID-19 lockdowns as he aimed to maximize his fishing activities before potentially settling down with his girlfriend. However, many of his planned trips were canceled due to the pandemic. Despite these setbacks, he managed to continue fishing and incorporated these experiences into his book. 5:44 - He shares his passion for fly fishing and the personal joys it brings, particularly when introducing friends to the sport. He also talks about the challenging aspects of fishing, like learning new skills and overcoming difficulties, which make the experience rewarding. 11:41 - He highlights the joy of teaching and sharing experiences, particularly in locations like the Catskills. Coggins reflects on the variety of fishing styles among enthusiasts, from those strictly using dry flies to others who are more versatile. 19:26 - Coggins traveled to several dream destinations including Patagonia, Cuba, Belize, and Norway, where he pursued challenging fishing adventures. 23:13 -He talks about his fishing experiences in Belize, particularly the challenges of permit fishing, where he felt the intensity and unpredictability of trying to catch this elusive species. 29:57 - He shares his experiences fishing for steelhead. He mentions the challenges of blown-out rivers and the need to adapt plans, including an instance where they used a helicopter to access the Copper River. 31:22 - David expresses concern over the noticeable environmental changes observed by guides and the impacts on fish behavior, such as the timing shifts in the migration patterns of Stripe bass due to warmer waters. He highlights the work of conservation organizations like the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Atlantic Salmon Federation, stressing the necessity for those who love and utilize aquatic environments to contribute actively to conservation efforts. 33:57 - We dig into how he approaches writing for his audience, balancing the needs of both seasoned anglers and newcomers. He emphasizes his role not as a technical expert, but as someone who conveys the emotional and sensory experiences of fly fishing in different locales. 40:44 - He shares some insights from his experience with Tom Rosenbauer and discusses his approach to writing and journaling about fishing. David emphasizes the simplicity and authenticity necessary for capturing the essence of fishing experiences in writing. 46:51 - I ask about his thoughts on artificial intelligence (AI), particularly its implications for creative industries like writing. He acknowledges the fascinating and somewhat frightening aspects of AI technology, such as its potential to imitate human writing styles. 49:23 - We delve into his passion for traditional styles and tailored clothing, relating it to his interests in fishing and outdoor activities. He highlights his preference for durable, classic materials over overly technical, new fabrics, suggesting that style and practicality can coexist without constantly chasing the latest trends. David also mentions his involvement in writing about men's fashion, providing guidance on dressing through various platforms, including his newsletter and contributions to Esquire. 54:41 - He recounts a humorous and humbling incident in Patagonia, where he had to concede a better casting position to a friend due to being less skilled for the specific situation, highlighting the polite interactions with guides who play crucial roles in such experiences. 58:51 - David shares his early fly fishing experiences and the lessons he learned from older, seasoned fishermen. He stresses the importance of fishing with experienced anglers, like the two older men he knew in Wisconsin, who, despite their crusty exteriors, generously shared their knowledge and patience on the water. In terms of gear, David mentions his appreciation for small-scale, quality craftsmanship, exemplified by a Colorado man who makes durable fly fishing bags under Emerger Fly Fishing. 1:02:52 - He discusses his experiences with Orvis, especially their Helios rods and Mirage reels, noting a preference for gear that may not be mainstream but performs well. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/603 
69:05 5/8/24
Great Lakes Dude #10 | Fly Fishing Michigan's Wilderness with Capt. Brad Petzke - Upper Peninsula, Lake Superior, Rivers North Guide Service
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/602 Presented By: FishHound Expeditions, Skwala, Waters West, Visit Helena, MT Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors In this episode of the Great Lakes Dude podcast, we're gonna chit-chat and take a journey into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with Capt. Brad Petzke, owner of Rivers North Guide Service. Yes, it's still Michigan. Once you cross that big, long Mackinac bridge and head north from the Lower Peninsula, it almost seems like another state. Once you cross it, things start to get a little more wilderness, a lot less towns and cities and villages, and just a lot of water and opportunities to explore.
63:04 5/6/24
601 | Drift Boat vs. Raft: Decoding the Best Fly Fishing Experience with Adam Hudson of Blue Line Flies
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/601 Presented By: Stonefly Nets, Jackson Hole Fly Company, Skwala, Togens Fly Shop Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors Is it better to purchase a drift boat or a raft for fly fishing? Do you know which of these two options is the better? All-around purchase if you can only get one? And what about rebuilding an old boat? Is this a realistic option to save money and maybe get into your first boat? Today you're going to hear the drift boat versus raft debate and you'll find out how my guest today restored a boat that barely held water. Adam Hudson is back on the show to take us into his unlikely boat build out story and how he took on this project and, and what happened, how he finished it up and where he is heading. Next, Adam And I debate the benefits of the drift boat versus the raft. We find out which raft he recently purchased that has a hard floor, and we also get his top streamer patterns from Blue Line. Plus, we're gonna hear what it was like to finally row this boat down the Green River. And whether it passed the test, the Battle of the Boats is finally here. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/601
60:33 5/3/24
600 | Gary Borger - Legendary Angler on 60+ Years in Fly Fishing - A River Runs Through It, Nymphing, Naturals
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/600 Presented By: Visit Helena, MT, Drifthook Fly Fishing, Yellowstone Teton Territory Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors If you could sit down and listen to the person who was invited to develop the movie, A River Runs Through It, would you check it out? Would you listen to the person who literally brought Nipping to the forefront in the US back in the day? What about a person who could rattle on about the brief history of every person in the US who paved the way for the present-day fly anglers and the trajectory that we're on now? Well, today you're in luck because we have Gary Borger back on the show to take a deep dive into the history of fly fishing, to get into tips and tricks, and to hear how he's been doing it for over 60 years.  Gary Borger, the author of Nymphing, Naturals, and many other iconic fly fishing books, is here to share stories of an old angler and the tips he accumulated over the years of fly fishing around the world. We hear about who invented the double hall and how Gary is connected to that. We find out how he developed into the Fenwick fly fishing schools back in the 70s and how that was a major breakthrough back in the day. And we also find out how his first video was actually the first instructional fly-fishing video ever produced. Did I mention this was episode 600? So we're celebrating this episode with a Legendary angler, Gary Borger! If you get a chance, head over to Instagram. If you're over there, leave a comment. 600 and just leave 600 wherever you can. We're passing 600 and we're moving along. Big celebration. I always love trying to get a big guest on the show at our milestones. So let's go back in history with one of the best... Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/600
65:26 5/1/24
599 | Fly Fishing Pressured Waters with Nick Conklin of Temple Fork Outfitters
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/599 Presented By: Yellowstone Teton Territory, FishHound Expeditions, Jackson Hole Fly Company, Togiak River Lodge What do you do when your favorite spot is packed with other anglers or when you're navigating crowded rivers all day? Today we uncover expert tips on fly fishing pressured waters and gain exclusive insights from Nick Conklin of Temple Fork Outfitters. Learn about choosing the perfect rod for your next adventure, why local shows are game-changers, and the secrets behind TFO's big game rods. If you're a TFO enthusiast like me, you won't want to miss this update on one of the leading rod companies in the industry! Show Notes with Nick Conklin on Fly Fishing Pressured Waters.  2:29 - Growing up in Michigan, Nick Conklin had the privilege of fishing in a 70-acre private lake and exploring the nearby Pere Marquette River. Nick's interest in fly fishing sparked when he was eight after reading an Ernest Hemingway story, leading him to learn fly casting, tying flies, and exploring various fishing opportunities. While Nick's childhood fishing grounds were in Michigan, he's now based in Dallas, Texas, where he continues to explore fishing on the Texas coast. Nick's Journey to TFO 4:31 - Initially involved in outdoor journalism, Nick's passion for fishing and writing led him to TFO. He started with part-time work and eventually moved into various roles, from warranty services to product category management. 6:54 - Nick oversees product design, development, sales, and marketing for the fly fishing division. He collaborates with industry experts, manages trade shows, and engages with dealers and consumers to promote TFO products. Temple Fork Outiftters 7:55 - TFO offers a diverse range of fishing rods, from small trout and panfish rods to heavy-duty boat rods for saltwater fishing. They cover both conventional and fly fishing categories. 9:36 - Nick tells us about their collaboration with Jason Randall on rod projects, including the Drift series. Recommendations for New Fly Fishers Nick suggests starting with a combo kit like the NXT Black Label Kit. Here's a summary of his recommendations and insights: Combo kits provide everything a beginner needs, including the rod, reel, backing, fly line, and leader, making it easier to get started without worrying about individual components. New anglers should consider their budget and what type of fishing they plan to do the most. This helps in choosing the right rod weight and length for their needs. Combo kits often come with a practice fly line, allowing beginners to practice casting without worrying about damaging an expensive fly line. Casting Tips 18:00 - Nick emphasizes the importance of seeking guidance from qualified educators or casting instructors who can help beginners navigate the casting process effectively. Local fly shops, fly fishing clubs, and online resources like Google searches can be invaluable in finding resources and communities to support learning. While it may require an investment, hiring a guide can significantly accelerate the learning curve and provide valuable insights into fishing techniques, specific waters, and asking pertinent questions. Fly Fishing Pressured Waters 21:00 - Nick's upcoming book, Fly Fishing Pressured Western Rivers, is scheduled for release by the end of 2024. The book aims to address the challenges of fishing on heavily pressured rivers, particularly in Western regions. Navigating crowded rivers and finding success can be challenging but rewarding. Here are some valuable tips from Nick: Preparation: Focus on organizing gear, practicing casting skills, and refining your approach before hitting the water to maximize fishing time. Observation: Spend time observing other anglers' techniques and approaches to learn from their successes and challenges. Flexibility: Stay open to adjusting your fishing strategies based on seasonal conditions, time of day, and weather to increase your chances of success. Journaling: Keep detailed notes about your fishing experiences, including what worked, what didn't, and any observations about conditions or tactics. Reviewing these notes before future trips can provide valuable insights and improve fishing performance. TFO Rod Lineup Overview TFO offers a diverse lineup of rods catering to various fishing styles and species, ensuring there's something for everyone from beginners to seasoned anglers. They provide high-quality rods at reasonable price points. They offer combo kits that include rod and reel combinations, making it convenient and cost-effective for beginners to get started with everything they need. Choosing the Right Fly Rod for Beginners Here are some key tips and advice for beginners looking to choose the right fly rod: Try Different Rods: Try out a few different rods to find one that fits your casting style and preferences. Focus on Personal Preference: Ignore brand names and logos initially. Instead, focus on how comfortable and enjoyable the rod feels to cast. Evaluate Budget and Usage: Determine your budget and how often you'll be fishing. Start with a Versatile Option: A nine-foot five-weight rod is a good starting point for most freshwater fishing situations Consider Weight Differences: When expanding your rod collection, consider a two or three-weight difference from your initial rod. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/599  
60:54 4/29/24
598 | The Evolution of Fly Casting: Insights from the Golden Gate Casting Club with Jim Dawson
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/598 Presented By: Stonefly Nets, Jackson Hole Fly Company, Skwala, Togens Fly Shop Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors In this episode, we dive into the rich history of the Golden Gate Casting Club with Jim Dawson, the club's resident historian. Discover the revolutionary impact of a young orphan who reshaped fly casting technology, linking his innovations directly to the tech you use today, like your iPhone. Jim shares captivating stories from the club’s past, including tales about legendary figures like Jimmy Green, whose techniques and inventions propelled fly fishing into the future. Tune in to uncover the roots of modern fly casting and get inspired by the techniques that top anglers have used to dominate the sport. Episode Chapters (0:00:05) – Introduction to the Golden Gate Casting Club Exploring the connection between historical casting champions and modern fly casting technology, with an introduction to the episode's focus on the Golden Gate Casting Club. (0:02:13) – The Legacy of Jim Dawson and the Casting Club Jim Dawson discusses the historical significance of the club and its impact on fly casting competitions and innovations in the United States. (0:03:36) – The Innovations of Jimmy Green A deep dive into how Jimmy Green's innovations in rod and line design have influenced modern fly fishing, including anecdotes about his life and contributions. (0:07:22) – Mono Running Lines and Their Origin Discussion on the origins and development of mono running lines at the Golden Gate Casting Club and their impact on fly fishing technology. (0:10:45) – The Role of the Golden Gate Casting Club in Modern Fly Fishing Jim elaborates on the club's role in shaping the practices and technologies used in contemporary fly fishing, including spay casting. (0:15:00) – Evolution of Fly Casting Techniques and Competitions Insights into the evolution of fly casting techniques and the structure of modern casting competitions, highlighting the club's ongoing influence. (0:19:55) – Historical Anecdotes and Guest Stories Jim shares memorable stories from past club members and significant events that have marked the club’s history. (0:23:38) – The Intersection of Technology and Fly Fishing Discussion on how advancements in technology have intertwined with fly fishing practices, featuring stories about Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. (0:27:04) – Q&A: Insights into Fly Casting and Conservation Listeners ask questions about fly casting techniques and conservation efforts related to fly fishing, with Jim providing expert answers. (0:30:15) – Closing Thoughts and Future of Fly Fishing Jim reflects on the future of fly fishing and the role of innovative thinking in sustaining the sport's growth and ecological responsibility. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/598
64:01 4/26/24
597 | Cicada Madness: Cracking the Code of Epic Cicada Emergences with David Zielinski
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/597   Presented By: TroutRoutes, Guide Book, Skwala, FishHound Expeditions  Are you interested to know how to target one of the craziest hatches that will make national headlines this year? Today, Dave Zielinski is back on the podcast to give his best tips on fishing the Cicada hatch, including how to predict when and where to find them and how to have success when you're out on the water. Time for some cicada madness with a sprinkle of boat building! Show Notes with David Zielinski on Cicada Madness.  1:27 - It's great to have David back on the show after our last episode where we delved into boat building. Today, though, we're shifting gears to focus on cicadas. 5:24 - Dave Zielinski's book, Cicada Madness,  explores the timing, fishing techniques, and patterns essential for understanding and enjoying epic cicada emergences. Periodical cicadas emerge in synchronized cycles, akin to mayfly hatches Cicada Madness: The Rare Cicada Emergence of 2024 10:31 - This year, a rare and significant event involving two distinct broods of periodical cicadas is set to occur. The emergence is expected to impact between 17 to 20 states, spanning from the bottom of Wisconsin to the coastal areas of Alabama and Louisiana. The Cicada Lifecycle 15:48 - Cicadas have a 13 or 17-year lifecycle, spending most of their time underground as nymphs. The adult cicadas emerge to mate, lay eggs, and then die, continuing the cycle. The trigger for emergence is when the ground soil reaches around 64 degrees Fahrenheit at about eight inches deep. This happens rapidly over a few days in early summer when days are longer and the soil warms up due to increased sunshine. Success on the Water with Cicadas 24:48 - Success in cicada fishing hinges on understanding the bug's lifecycle and emergence timing. Fish only start targeting cicadas when enough of them accidentally fall into the water, signaling to the fish that it's a food source. Dave emphasizes the importance of knowing where and when to be on the water. His book delves into detailed experiences and strategies for effectively targeting and fishing during cicada emergence. Cicada Fishing Techniques and Patterns 27:19 - Dave's book features 59 cicada patterns, including annual, periodical, and regional variations. Cicada fishing is often non-technical, favoring dry fly fishing techniques, although some fish prefer drag-free drifts while others go for actively moving cicadas. Fishing near mature trees where cicadas congregate is effective, as they often get knocked down by wind or during mating flights. Target areas where cicadas are likely to fall into the water, such as under trees or along riverbanks where the bugs lose elevation and hit the water. 33:41 - Trouts are avid cicada eaters and can consume them without getting full, making them a prime target during cicada emergences in trout waters. Carp are particularly enthusiastic about cicadas despite being bottom feeders. Other fish species like smallmouth bass, weird fish, and even catfish can also be caught on cicada patterns, although their response may vary based on factors like spawning cycles or food availability. Cicada Madness: Key Tips for Cicada Fishing 36:34 - Cicadas are true bugs, belonging to a group of insects with beaks that extract nutrients from plants, similar to leaf hoppers. Worldwide, there are over 3000 species of cicadas, each with a distinctive appearance characterized by stout bodies, bulging eyes, six legs, and two pairs of wings. Here are a few key tips as you gear up for cicada fishing: Research and hunt for cicadas in areas where they're expected to emerge. Be observant of your surroundings. Listen for the distinct sound of cicadas and watch for bird activity that may indicate their presence. Use large foam cicada patterns without popping or twitching them, as cicadas hitting the water tend to lay silently, mimicking a natural scenario for fish to strike. Understand the lifecycle and behavior of cicadas. Dave highlights two favorite cicada fly patterns that you can check out online for inspiration: 17-Year Itch Cicada Chuck Kraft Excaliburs Preparation Tips for Cicada Season If you're gearing up for cicada season, Dave suggests the following: Buy the Book: Get Dave's book for brood maps and scouting tips. Online Resources: Utilize online resources to gather information about cicada sightings in your area. Reach Out: Contact universities and entomology departments for expert insights and locations. Talk to Locals: Connect with people who have experienced cicada emergences before for valuable knowledge. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on news articles and scientific reports to stay updated on cicada predictions and hotspots. Down Home Boatworks 51:00 - While Dave hasn't designed new boats recently, he continues to sell plans. Dave also offers plans for free to schools and non-profits interested in boat-building projects. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/597    
64:50 4/24/24
596 | Predator on the Fly: Mako Shark Fly Fishing with Conway Bowman
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/596 Presented By: Northern Rockies Adventures, TroutRoutes, Jackson Hole Fly Company Try to imagine what a 200-pound shark hooked up on the end of your fly rod and jumping 20 feet out of the water would feel like. Hooking sharks on the fly is what today's guest specializes in. In this episode, Conway Bowman is going to take us into his wild world of mako shark fly fishing. Find out where to find these fish, how to pop your fly to these giants, and the thrilling experience of fighting a top predator on a fly rod. Show Notes with Conway Bowman on Mako Shark Fly Fishing.  2:00 - Conway Bowman's passion for fishing began at a young age. He grew up around the water and spent summers in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. His journey into fly fishing for Mako Sharks began when a friend suggested it, leading Conway to explore offshore waters until he finally hooked his first Mako. 7:55 - Despite not seeing himself as a rockstar in fly fishing, Conway's focus on targeting Mako Sharks has made him a recognized figure due to his unique approach and expertise. The World of Mako Shark Fly Fishing 8:60 - Between 2007 and 2013, the demand for Mako Shark fly fishing surged, leading Conway to expand his operation and hire additional guides. At one point, there were a few guides besides Conway involved in Mako Shark fly fishing, but due to the physical demands and logistical challenges, he became the primary figure in the field. The Mako Shark: The Ultimate Game Fish Makos are true predators, actively tracking and attacking live prey, which adds to the thrill of targeting them on the fly. They are known for their acrobatics, being the only sharks that can jump up to 20 feet out of the water. 18:00 - Depending on the size, landing a Mako shark can range from 15 minutes to over three hours. When landing, a release stick is used to safely handle the fish, applying pressure to release them. 24:00 - Conway primarily uses poppers when fly fishing for Makos. Other species like leopard sharks and blue sharks can also be targeted with poppers, especially off the beach for leopard sharks. Mako Shark Life History 26:00 -  Mako Sharks typically arrive in Southern California around May to breed, with large females giving birth to 5-10 live pups. Pups stay in the safer Southern California waters until they're a few hundred pounds, feeding on smaller fish like tunas and barracudas. As they grow to 300-400 pounds, their diet shifts to larger prey like seals and sea lions. During colder months, Makos migrate, possibly to regions of Mexico, before returning in waves from April to November, with peak presence from June to August Best Time to Visit for Mako Shark Fly Fishing 28:22 - Conway recommends mid-May through August and then October through November for Mako Shark fly fishing in Southern California. July is considered prime time for Mako Shark fishing. Gear for Mako Shark Fishing Conway uses specialized equipment tailored for handling these powerful predators. Here's a breakdown of the gear he uses: Rod: Starts with a 14-weight rod and then uses custom-made one-piece rods for larger Makos above 200 pounds. Reels: Various big game reels suitable for marlin or tuna fishing, with 800 yards of backing. Casting Technique: Uses an anchor cast technique, avoiding false casts, to efficiently get the fly from point A to point B within 30 feet. Fly Design: Employs a tube fly that slides up and down the leader, ensuring easy release and retrieval without leaving a big hook hanging from the shark's mouth. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/596    
51:34 4/22/24
In The Bucket #4 | Tales from Behind the Lens: Dano and Darcy on Snowboarding, Fly Fishing, and the Art of Photography
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/595 Join us in this episode of In the Bucket where Dano Pendygrasse and Darcy Bacha, renowned snowboarding photographers, dive into the vibrant world of fly fishing through their lenses. Discover how their decades of experience in snowboarding have shaped their approach to capturing the serene beauty of fly fishing. Dano and Darcy discuss the transition from the adrenaline of snowboarding shoots to the tranquil riversides, reflecting on the artistry and patience required in both disciplines. They share personal stories and professional insights on making passions into careers, the challenges of photography in extreme conditions, and the unexpected joys of exploring new waters. Whether you're a fan of their snowboarding work or looking to improve your fishing photography skills, this episode offers a unique perspective on embracing change and finding new passions. Episode Chapters (0:00:05) – Introduction to Guests - Introduction of Dano Pendygrasse and Darcy Bacha, discussing their backgrounds as iconic snowboarding photographers who have transitioned into the realm of fly fishing photography. (0:05:22) – The Link Between Snowboarding and Fly Fishing - Exploring how skills and experiences from snowboarding photography have influenced their approach to capturing the essence of fly fishing. (0:14:39) – The Shift from Snowboarding to Fishing - Darcy and Dano discuss their personal reasons for shifting their focus from the dynamic world of snowboarding to the more serene and reflective activity of fly fishing. (0:22:10) – Photographic Techniques in Extreme Conditions - Techniques and challenges faced while photographing in various environmental conditions, from icy mountains to humid riverbanks. (0:30:45) – Balancing Passion and Work - A discussion on the importance of maintaining passion in your work and the balance between professional photography and personal fishing time. (0:41:33) – The Evolution of Photography Gear - Insight into the evolution of photography equipment over the years and how advances have affected their work in both snowboarding and fishing photography. (0:51:17) – Stories from the Field - Engaging stories from their careers that highlight unexpected moments and the personal growth they experienced through their professional journeys. (1:03:50) – Future of Photography with AI and Technology - A conversation about the potential impacts of AI on professional photography and their views on the future of capturing images in natural environments. (1:15:28) – Advice for Aspiring Photographers - Practical advice for up-and-coming photographers on how to succeed in the competitive field of sports and outdoor photography. (1:27:45) – Closing Thoughts - Final thoughts and reflections on the importance of following your passions, whether in the wilds of nature or through the lens of a camera. Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/595
93:55 4/19/24
594 | Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit Habitat Conservation with Mark Rehbein of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/594 Presented By: Togiak River Lodge, Northern Rockies Adventures, Yellowstone Teton Territory, Togens Fly Shop Have you ever wondered what it would be like to reel in a massive tarpon? Or perhaps you're curious about the critical factors in preserving bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations? Today, we dive deep into the conservation with Mark Rehbein from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Join us as we unravel why these three species are important for conservation efforts and explore the key habitats that need protection. Show Notes with Mark Rehbein on  Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. 2:40 - Mark Rehbein started fly fishing at a young age due to his father's involvement in making Potomac River bass fishing videos. This project led them to connect with Lefty Kreh. His journey eventually took him to Alaska, where he lived in a tent and worked at a fly shop. Mark Rehbein's Journey to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust 09:25 - After following BTT for years and growing up with a love for bonefishing, Mark transitioned from a corporate job and internships to landing an entry-level events position at BTT. Despite having no prior events experience, Mark embraced the challenge and grew within the organization, eventually becoming the Director of Development. Mark also highlights two upcoming major events hosted by BTT: the Circle of Honor in May and the New York dinner in October, where notable individuals like Captain Rick Ruoff, Captain Joe Gonzalez, and Travis Holeman will be honored.   Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit Conservation Efforts 19:38 -  BTT focuses on the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permits. These species are crucial because protecting them also ensures the preservation of their habitats and benefits other marine life. BTT's initiatives involve extensive research, including tagging programs and mark-recapture studies, to gather essential data for informed conservation strategies. The focus revolves around three key areas: habitat preservation, water quality improvement, and effective fisheries management. "You gain credibility by the thimble full and lose it by the bucket full."  - Dr. Aaron Adams In places like the Florida Keys, BTT utilizes tournament catch records and collaborates with organizations like the IGFA, Lower Keys Guides Association, and Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association to track trends in tarpon encounters, releases, and jumps. Life History of Tarpon 33:40 - Tarpons start with their offshore spawning in deep waters, where they release eggs that develop into Leptocephalus larvae. These larvae drift with ocean currents until they reach suitable habitats. As juveniles, tarpon thrive in mangrove estuaries, where optimal habitat conditions support their growth and development. Tarpons can live up to 80 years and spawn multiple times. The Importance of Mangroves  45:37 - Mangroves serve as crucial habitats for various juvenile fish species. They provide protection, food sources, and growth opportunities. Mangroves also contribute to coastal resiliency and are essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems. Lefty Kreh's Legacy and One-Liners 53:35 - Mark shares anecdotes about Lefty Kreh's humorous and multifaceted personality, highlighting his knack for memorable one-liners. Despite his fame as an angler, Lefty's true legacy lies in his kindness, passion for fishing, and impact on those he encountered. Mark reflects on the impact Lefty had on him and how he strives to uphold Lefty's legacy by emulating his positive attitude and dedication to angling. Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/594  
64:53 4/17/24
5 Key Tips for Flawless Fly Fishing Gear Maintenance
Link to Jackson Hole Fly Company Blog Post:  https://jacksonholeflycompany.com/blogs/fly-fishing-tips/essential-fly-fishing-checklist Link to Cleaning your Fly Line:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpVPrbpj7yQ As spring approaches, fly fishing enthusiasts are prompted to prepare their gear for the upcoming season. This period of anticipation necessitates a thorough check and maintenance of fly fishing equipment, including rods, reels, lines, fly boxes, and other essentials, to ensure they're ready for the first hatch.  This episode emphasizes the importance of inspecting and cleaning fly rods and reels for wear or damage, checking and replacing fly lines, organizing fly boxes, inspecting waders and boots for leaks or wear, and reviewing essential and comfort items such as vests, tools, apparel, and creating a backup kit.  Additionally, it suggests updating licenses, researching local fishing conditions, and practicing casting techniques to shake off any rust. The detailed checklist includes examining rods for cracks and ensuring reels are clean and lubricated; inspecting fly lines for fraying and replacing if necessary; sorting and restocking flies to match expected spring hatches; checking waders and boots for leaks and wear, respectively; ensuring gear storage solutions like vests and packs are in good condition; and assembling a backup kit of essential items.  It also advises on preparing for variable spring weather with appropriate apparel, keeping fishing licenses up to date, familiarizing oneself with local regulations, and honing casting skills.  This comprehensive preparation aims to enable fly fishers to enjoy a successful and enjoyable season, exploring new waters and refining their techniques in the pursuit of the perfect cast. You can read the full blog post at Jackson Hole Fly Company here:  https://jacksonholeflycompany.com/blogs/fly-fishing-tips/essential-fly-fishing-checklist
15:32 4/16/24

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