Show Podcast Archive

Here you'll find all our podcasts. Just click on the title of the podcast and you'll be taken to a page where you'll find the controls to play the recordings and the link to download the MP3 file to you computer or MP3 player.
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Bristol Bay’s Sockeye Salmon and Rainbow Trout ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Bill Horn

Bill Horn has had a fifty-year connection with Alaska. Each year 60 million or more wild salmon run up the rivers of Bristol Bay and of course, rainbow trout are right there with them. Bill will share his knowledge of the natural history, culture, and management of this fishery along with fishing strategies, fly choices, and trip planning. Listen in to learn more about this outstanding and one-of-a-kind fishery.

South Florida's Fishing Paradise
Jim Stenson

Jim, the founder of Sweet Waters Adventure, has fished worldwide but finds South Florida one of his favorites. His fishing adventures from Sanibel to the tarpon capital of the world—Boca Grande—to rivers like the Manatee River and the Little Manatee in Manatee County, the Myakka River in Sarasota County, and the Peace River, which teemed with fish. Join us to talk with Jim about fishing these diverse fisheries and fishing with a colorful cast of characters like Fat Wally, Dick Clevenger, and Frank the Net.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What inspired you to write your book South Florida's Fishing Paradise?
  • What are some of the differences between the East and West coasts?
  • How did you get started fly fishing in Florida?
  • What was your first experience catching a fish on the fly?
  • Who was Dick Clevenger and how did he shape your fishing?
  • What was Boca Grande like back in the 70s?
  • Who was Frank the Net?
  • What makes Charolette Harbor such an interesting fishery?
  • Where should one go to fish South Flordia water without a guide?
  • Why have East Coast tarpon become so difficult to catch?
  • Where can one find the best fishing in Florida now?
  • If you were to move to Florida what would be the best place for fishing?
  • Why have Florida fisheries deteriorated?
  • What can be done to improve the fisheries in Florida?


A Lifetime of Fly Fishing for Steelhead ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Trey Combs

Trey Combs has been fly fishing, guiding and writing about steelhead for more than 50 years. He's an expert on this fish and has now written his fourth book on steelhead. Join us to learn about the history of steelhead fishing and all that he has learned about fishing for this extraordinary and challenging fish.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What inspired you to write your book Flies for Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead?
  • What is your prediction for the health of steelhead runs?
  • What is the cause of the devastation of steelhead runs on the Thompson River?
  • What was the first steelhead fly?
  • What do you consider to be the most versatile fly rod for steelhead?
  • What is your recommended terminal tackle setup?
  • What is your favorite steelhead fly to use in British Columbia?
  • What is your favorite fly for low water?
  • What caused you to start using more black flies?
  • What is the most effective way to present your flies?
  • How does your presentation change from spring  to fall
  • Why do you like to keep your fly broadside in the current?
  • How do you use The Muddler for steelhead?
  • What changes do you make to The Muddler so that it performs better?

Trout Spey and the Art of the Swing ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Steven Bird

Steven Bird started trout spey fishing long before the current trend started. Many fly fishers equate spey fishing with steelhead or salmon on large rivers but it can be applied on small rivers or streams for trout just as effectively. Join us to learn about the gear, flies and techniques used for trout spey fishing that you can use on your next outing.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What inspired you to write your book Trout Spey & The Art Of the Swing?
  • What got you started spey fishing?
  • What is trout spey?
  • What advantages does two-handed spey fishing for trout offer?
  • What is the ideal rod for trout spey?
  • What is the difference between a trout spey rod and a switch rod?
  • What type of lines are used with trout specy?
  • How do you select a tip?
  • How do you set up your leaders?
  • What are the different parts of a wetfly presentation?
  • What is the Leisenring Lift?
  • What determines what size, color and proportions of your flies?
  • Do you fish multi fly rigs?
  • What are you favorite wet fly patterns?

Mongolia - Genghis Khan’s Home Waters
Michael Caranci

Michael Caranci is one of fly fishing's most experienced and globally respected professionals.  He manages the operations, guest services, and conservation programs for Fish Mongolia and Mongolia River Outfitters, the premier fly fishing guides and outfitters for fly fishing for taimen in Mongolia. Join us to learn what an adventure to Mongolia is all about and how you can catch the largest trout in the world – taimen as well as lenok, grayling, and pike.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What areas of Mongolia do you fish?
  • What's the best time of year to fish?
  • How long should you plan for your trip to Mongolia?
  • How do you get to the rivers you fish?
  • Can you describe how the rivers you fish differ?
  • What are the accommodations like on the river?
  • What weight rods do you need to bring?
  • What are the average size of the taimen you catch?
  • What fishing methods are the most productive for taimen?
  • What is an average day of fishing like?
  • What flies do you use for taimen?
  • How do taiment fight?
  • What are the chances that you will hook into a large taimen?
  • Can you fish for trout, lenok, grayling and pike on the same trip?

Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs ★ ★ ★
Robert Younghanz

Robert Younghanz, a.k.a The Bug Guy, is an internationally known Aquatic Entomologist, Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor.  Entomology plays a big part in being a successful fly fisher. Robert breaks down the different classes of insects that fly fishers are familiar with and helps you to identify and understand their life cycle. The more you know about how these bugs live and procreate the more fish you'll be bringing to the net.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What is the life cycle of a mayfly?
  • Why is the life cycle of and insect important to fly fishers?
  • Do you need to have flies that imitate each stage of the life cycle?
  • What are the most important orders of insects for fly fishers?
  • What is the largest order of insects?
  • What is the life cycle of a caddis?
  • What is the difference between complete metamorphosis and incomplete metamorphosis ?
  • What insects are most common in lakes?
  • Where is the best place to seine a river for bugs?
  • What is the best way to learn about insects for fishing?
  • How do you organize your fly boxes?
  • Do you have different fly boxes for different seasons?
  • When nothing else is working what fly would you use?

Subaru-able Brookie Venues in South Park Colorado ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Michele White

Michele White's home range is South Park, Colorado where she guides out of her fly shop Tumbling Trout. South Park is known for the Dream Stream and Eleven Mile Canyon but there are many other beautiful places to fish. The Mosquito Range, Tarryall Mountains, and the tributaries of the South Fork and Middle Fork of the South Platte River offer engaging brook trout fishing with incredible scenery. Join us to learn more about what South Park has to offer fly fishers.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What do you mean by Subaru-Able venues?
  • Are brook trout reallyl trout?
  • What types of trout do you find at the higher elevations?
  • What is the accessibility to streams like?
  • What are the best months to fish South Park?
  • What weight and length of rod do you use?
  • Do you use Tenkara rods?
  • What flies do you use for brookies?
  • What is the best approach to small streams?
  • What types of casts do you use?
  • What are the northern tributaries like?
  • How accessible are the tributaries of the Middle Fork of the South Platte?
  • What do the tributarties of the South Fork offer the fly fisher?

Finding Trout ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Tom Rosenbauer

Tom, has worked in many capacities at Orvis from retail clerk to lead enthusiast and what’s always been true no matter what his position is that he’s a teacher. Tom has shared more about fly fishing than probably any other person in the sport. We are fortunate to have him again on the show to talk about finding trout. Join us on this show to learn about where to find trout in runs,. pocket water, riffles, and places you never thought to look.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • How did you start out on your fly fishing journey?
  • How do trout feed?
  • How far will a brown trout move in a typical day?
  • What are the prime currents to fish?
  • What cast do you use to avoid drag?
  • What temperatures are optimal for feeding trout?
  • How do you approach a new stream?
  • When is the best time to fish riffles?
  • What are the prime holding areas in runs?
  • What type of hydro cusion to trout prefer?
  • Where do fish hold in a pool or flat water?
  • What is the best way to fish pocket water?
  • When trout are not rising what tactics do you use to find fish?
  • What matters most fly size, color or presentation?

Fly Fishing The Panama Canal & Pacific Coast Rivers
Rich Cahill

Rich Cahill, a professional guide, naturalist, and expedition leader, has pioneered fly fishing the Panama Canal Gatun Lake for peacock bass and snook, as well as Pacific coast tarpon on the Bayano River. This unique fishery is one of a kind and is changing and evolving as we speak. Join us to learn about this incredible place to fish and the conservation efforts Rich has been working on to conserve and preserve Pacific coast tarpon.

Learn about how the Panama Canal works here.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • How did you get started in ecotourism?
  • When did you start offering guided fishing?
  • How does the Panama Canal work?
  • How does Gatun Lake interact with the Panama Canal?
  • What fish do you target in Gatun Lake?
  • How do you fish the lake?
  • Can you fish for tarpon, peacock bass and snook on Gatun Lake on the same day?
  • Do you sight fish or blind cast?
  • Where is the Bayano River?
  • What is the best way to fish for tarpon on the Bayano River?
  • What flies do you use for tarpon?
  • Where do you go to fish for bonefish and permit?
  • How do you fish for bonefish and permit?
  • What's the best way to experience the San Blas islands?

Casting Seaward
Steve Ramirez

Steve Ramirez has been traveling thousands of miles in pursuit of native gamefish in salt and brackish water habitats. Join us as Steve tells his stories of adventures in the salt that weave fish, people, and nature together and how humanity impacts the world in many ways.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What made you look seaward for your latest book?
  • What is Casting Seaward about?
  • How did you pick the places and people you want to fish with?
  • Do you make notes on site (or en plen aire) or does the writing come from recollections at a later date?
  • How do you view your purposeful work in writing about our natural world along with your personal journey?
  • What as the most exciting experience you had?
  • What experience was the most challenging?
  • What species was the hardest to target?
  • What experience did you learn the most about fishing?
  • Which experience did have that helped you to grow the most personally?
  • How do you think the coastal waters are doing?
  • What factors are at issue with managing the striped bass and bluefish fisheries on the east coast?
  • What can we do as fly fishers to help conserve and preserve?


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