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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Euro Nymphing - Tips, Tactics and Techniques ★ ★ ★ ★
Josh Miller

Josh Miller, a professional guide and Fly Fishing Team USA member, has put in the hours to become one of the best Euro nymphing experts working today. Listen in to learn how to choose the right rod, reel, and line. Identify essential fly patterns that work best and get detailed instructions on casting and presenting your flies.

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

  • What is Euro nymphing?
  • What part do the Czech, Spanish, and French methods play into Euro nymphing?
  • What are the situations in which you would choose Euro nymphing over other methods of fly fishing?
  • What types of rods can be used?
  • What do you consider to be the ideal rod?
  • What role does the reel play when Euro nymphing?
  • What type of line do you use?
  • How do you construct your leaders?
  • What types of sighters do you use?
  • What are your go-to flies?
  • What color beads do you use?
  • Are most of your flies attractors, or are you trying to match the hatch?
  • How do you present your flies?
  • How do you get your flies to spend more time in the right zone?
  • What is your "drift sequence"?

Casting Off the Board: Innovative Techniques in SUP Fly Fishing ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kurt Finlayson

Kurt Finlayson has found that fly fishing from stand  up paddle boards (SUPs) provides him with an effective way to access productive water. Before you decide whether this is for you, join us and listen in to learn about the basics of using a SUP, its advantages and disadvantages, where you should use it, and how to outfit it.

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

  • How did you first get into fly fishing from standup paddleboards, and what drew you to it?
  • What are the unique advantages of fly fishing from a paddleboard compared to traditional floatation methods?
  • What types of paddleboards are best suited for fly fishing, and what should one look for when selecting a board?
  • Are there specific manufacturers that cater to fly fishers?
  • Are there available paddleboards that have been expressly set up for fly fishing?
  • How do you rig up a paddleboard to use for fly fishing?
  • Do you ever use an anchor or tie off to avoid moving?
  • What types of clothing do you wear?
  • What are the key techniques for maintaining stability and balance while casting from a paddleboard?
  • Do you stand, kneel, or sit? When do you use each?
  • What challenges have you faced while fly fishing from a paddleboard, and how have you overcome them?
  • What kind of paddle do you use?
  • How do you manage your paddle and rod?
  • How does being on a paddleboard affect your approach to finding and reaching fish?
  • What safety precautions do you recommend for paddleboard anglers?

The Perfect Cast ★ ★ ★ ★
Gary Borger

Gary Borger is a master caster and well-known on the Fly Fishing Show circuit for his simple explanations and fly-casting demonstrations. Gary presents casting development and skill acquisition, from rod grips to highly detailed descriptions of the three core methods of fly casting. He also details the essential Acceleration, Loop Formation, and Energy Transfer (A.L.E.) plus much, much more. Listen in and I know your casting will improve.

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

  • What is a Perfect Cast?
  • What are the two cardinal rules of fly casting?
  • What are some effective ways to practice casting?
  • What rod grips are most commonly used?
  • What stances should you use when casting?
  • What is A.L.E?
  • When doing a forward cast, do you break your wrist at the end of your cast?
  • How do you control your loop?
  • What should your line managing hand be doing when you are casting?
  • What is the best way to cast a weighted nymph rig?
  • How much line should you have out when casting?
  • What is the best way to pick up line out of the water?
  • What is the best way to mend your line?
  • Why do you need to be able to cast more than 40 feet?

Cicada Madness ★ ★ ★ ★
Dave Zielinski

Dave Zielinski has been tracking down annual and periodical cicada emergences in an effort to figure out their mystery and the fish that hunt and devour them for the past 20 years. If you'd like to zero in on one of these epic emergences, tune in and learn from Dave about the timing, fishing techniques, and patterns that you'll need to crack the code.

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

  • What makes cicada emergences so significant for fly fishers?
  • What does a cicada look like?
  • How many different species are there?
  • What is the life cycle of cicadas?
  • What is the difference between periodical and annual cicadas?
  • How often do the periodical emergences occur?
  • How long does an emergence last?
  • When is the best time of day to fish during a cicada emergence?
  • What signs are there that an cicada emergence is happening?
  • What are the differences between the 13 and 17 year cicadas?
  • What color combinations are best for cicada fly imitations?
  • Do you have a favorite fly size and pattern?
  • What presentation methods work best when fishing with cicadas?
  • Is there an online source that tracks cicada emergences?

Sight Fishing For Redfish ★ ★ ★ ★
Tom Dempsey

Tom Dempsey is obsessed with fly fishing and has chased fish in 40 different countries. He still gets a thrill out of sight fishing for redfish in his home waters of Alabama and has become an expert at it. Join us and learn how Tom approaches, hooks up, and lands these exciting fish.

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

  • How did you get started fly fishing for redfish?
  • What makes fly fishing for redfish unique compared to other types of fishing?
  • What are the best locations for redifsh?
  • Where are the largest redfish found?
  • What are the best times of year to fish for redfish?
  • What are the ideal habitats?
  • How do tides affect fishing?
  • What weight rod and what type of line do you recommend?
  • What are your "go-to" redfish fly patterns?
  • What does a typical day of sight casting for redfish look like?
  • How do you read the water in different environments?
  • What is the best type of presentation to use for redfish?
  • How much should you lead a fish?
  • What are some common mistakes fly fishers make?

Cracked: The Ugly Truth About Dams ★ ★ ★ ★
Steven Hawley

Steven Hawley, an environmental journalist, has revealed the ugly truth about dams. The estimated 800,000 dams in the world can’t be blamed for destroying the Earth’s entire biological inheritance, but they play an outsized role in that destruction. What started as an arguably good government project has drifted oceans away from that original virtuous intent. Join us to learn about the effect dams have had on our planet and what the future of dams can be in our warming world.

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

  • You recently published "Cracked: The Future of Dams in a Hot, Chaotic World." What inspired you to write the book?
  • How do you see the role of dams evolving in the context of global climate change?
  • What are some innovative alternatives to dams for water management and power generation?
  • Can you share a story from the book that particularly moved or motivated you?
  • Detractors to dam removal cite the financial and environmental benefits of dams. Can you provide a counterpoint to these arguments?
  • How do you propose we balance the human need for water and power with the ecological necessity to maintain free-flowing rivers?
  • How do indigenous and local communities fit into the narrative around dams and their impact?
  • Can you talk about a specific dam removal project that you cover in the book and its outcomes?
  • Can you discuss specific examples where dam removal has led to noticeable improvements in fishing quality or fish biodiversity?
  • In some cases, a dam removal would destroy fisheries as we know them. What are your thoughts on those situations?
  • What are the most common misconceptions about dams?
  • Is it possible to remove a dam like the Glen Canyon Dam?
  • Are dams still being built in the United States?
  • How do you see the dialogue around dams changing in the next decade?

The Lure of Success: How Passion Turned into Profit for a Fly Shop Owner ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Brian Flechsig

Brian Flechsig owns Mad River Outfitters, Midwest Fly Fishing Schools, and Ohio Fly Fishing Guides. He started his fly shop in 1994 with a passion for fly fishing and the will to succeed, but not much more. Today, Mad River Outfitters ranks as one of the top three largest fly shops in the United States. Join us and learn how Brian started his business on a shoestring and how he has grown it through consistent marketing and proper business management.

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

  • What inspired you to start a business in the fly fishing industry?
  • How has your business evolved from its initial concept to the multi-faceted enterprise it is today?
  • How has your passion for fly fishing influenced the way you run your business?
  • How do you engage with the local community through your brick-and-mortar shop?
  • In creating your product lines, do you select low, medium, and high-cost products to appeal to the broadest spectrum of customers or focus on one price point?
  • What is the top-selling or highest-grossing product at the fly shop?
  • What are the top 2-3 selling fly patterns in the shop?
  • What platform do you use for your e-commerce store?
  • Do you use manufacturer’s supplied photos for your products, or do you take your own?
  • What types of marketing do you do?
  • What marketing has worked the best for you?
  • Do you do all your marketing in-house or do you outsource some of it?
  • Which advertising channels have you found most effective for your businesses, and why?
  • How much luck is responsible for your success?

Fly Fishing Evolution ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
George Daniel

George Daniel has been experimenting, innovating, and developing strategies and techniques since he started fly fishing. One thing he’s discovered is that fly fishing doesn’t stand still; it evolves. Join us to learn about the cutting-edge strategies for nymphing, dry fly, and streamer fishing that are used on the water today. Equipment, fly patterns, rigs, and casting are all fair game.

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

  • What inspired you to write your latest book Fly Fishing Evolution?
  • What rod do you use for most of your fishing?
  • Does the weight of the rod determine the size of fish I can catch?
  • What do you see as the next step in rod development?
  • In what circumstances would you select a Tenkara rod over traditional tackle?
  • Do you carry more than one rod when fishing?
  • How do you rig for two flies, and when do you use this?
  • Do you see advantages to using a non-slip loop knot to attach your flies?
  • Do use the drop-shot nymphing technique? If so when?
  • How do you avoid having your mono rigs twist and tangle?
  • What do you use for your sighter?
  • When is it time to switch from a euro nymphing rig to a suspension rig?
  • What are your thoughts on confidence flies?
  • What are the flies you use most often for nymphing?

The Battenkill ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Doug Lyons

Doug Lyons, a local expert, will help you to sort out one of the most challenging rivers to fish, the Battenkill River. He covers fishing access, hatches, patterns and strategies for both the Vermont and New York stretches. This is home to the Orvis Company and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Join us to see if you’re ready to give the Battenkill a try.

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

  • What is your personal history with the Battenkill?
  • What makes the river special to you?
  • How is your book Fly Fishing Guide to the Battenkill different from other "where to fish" type books?
  • Are there big fish in the Battenkill?
  • What is the history of the river?
  • What is the current health of the river?
  • What seasons can you fish the Battenkill?
  • Can you float a canoe or boat on the river?
  • What are the important hatches?
  • Do streamers work well on the river?
  • Is the fall the best time to catch larger fish?
  • Are there any special strategies or techniques that work better on the Battenkill?
  • What recommendations do you have for night fishing in the Battenkill?
  • What is the strangest or most unusual experience you've had while fishing on the river?

The Catch of a Lifetime ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Peter Kaminsky

Award-winning writer Peter Kaminsky in his book, The Catch of a Lifetime presents the moving first-person stories of more than seventy anglers recounting their catch of a lifetime. The stories are from all over the world and from well-known writers, artists, sportspeople, and others who’ve made flyfishing their passion. Join us to hear Peter share these people's most memorable tales.

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

  • How did you get started writing?
  • What inspired you to write your book The Catch of a Lifetime?
  • How did you select the fly fishers and their stories?
  • Who were some of the fly fishers you selected?
  • What constitutes the catch of a lifetime?
  • Were there any stories that deeply resonated with you?
  • What was one of your most memorable experiences that you included in the book?
  • What were the common themes you used to organize the stories?
  • What do you hope readers will take away from these fishing tales?
  • What were the challenges you faced while gathering the stories?
  • With the popularity of stories presented through video and audio is there still a place for the written word?
  • What role does fishing play in environment awareness and conservation?
  • What was the most challenging part of writing and compiling The Catch of a Lifetime?
  • Can you share a few stories from your book?


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