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Landon Mayer

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Guide/Author

Landon Mayer's angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing selective quality trout on the fly. He enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout.

He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout (Second Edition), and The Hunt for Giant Trout: 25 Top Locations in the US to Catch a Trophy, in addition to a new instructional video Mastering the Short Game(www.mastertheshortgame.com). His latest book Landon Mayer’s Guide Flies was released in December 2021.

Listen to Landon Mayer's Shows...


Fly Fishing for Big, Huge, Monster Trophy Trout

Passion and love for the sport of fly fishing is what motivates Landon. His success in catching trophy trout is fueled by an addiction of pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly fishing equipment. Listen to Landon's secrets on sight fishing for huge trophy trout.


Sight Fishing for Trout

Landon Mayer has perfected the art of sight fishing for trout. His strategies and techniques have worked time after time landing him and his clients many trophy trout. Listen in and learn about the method he uses.


Trout Hunting Colorado's Four Seasons

Landon Mayer has fished Colorado his whole life and has guided across the state for many years. Listen to this podcast to find out when the best seasons are to fish and how to fish them.


Trout Tips

Landon Mayer, a veteran instructor and professional guide, will help you analyze your past mistakes and learn how to adapt to a wide range of fishing conditions. He uses unorthodox solutions for common fly fishing problems but they are all designed to help you catch more fish. Join us and Landon will help you sharpen your skills.


The Hunt For Giant Trout

Landon Mayer has fished and researched many of the best places to catch giant trout. Fishing locations from Alaska to Maine Landon has created the ultimate bucket list of places to fish. Join us and discover what makes these fisheries so special and learn the secrets to catching monster trout.


Sight Fishing for Trout Revisited

Seeing trout is a learned skill and Landon Mayer has perfected it. Ed Engle thinks Landon maybe part osprey but I’m sure he’s got some heron in him too, either way, he can see fish and can teach you how to as well. Listen to this podcast and learn how to see more fish on your next trip.


Guide Flies

Landon Mayer spends hundreds of hours each year on the water guiding his clients to trophy trout. He doesn't have time to tie complex time-consuming patterns so he ties simple easy-to-tie fly patterns that get the job done, day in and day out. Join us to learn about Landon's top patterns and how he fishes them to catch trout around the world.

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

  • What makes a great guide fly?
  • What's your thought process when designing your fly patterns?
  • What materials do you consistently try to incorporate into your patterns?
  • What suggestions do you have for paring down the number of flies you carry to the water?
  • Do you have a core set of guide flies that you use year-round or do you have different selections for the different seasons?
  • Do you have a secret pattern that is not in the book?
  • Do you think adding UV or hot spots to a fly makes a difference?
  • How do you prepare for your day on the water - rods, rigs, flies, presentations?
  • What are your favorite techniques for stillwater?
  • What methods do you use to get your flies to the right depth?
  • What fly do you think is deadly that is not a guide fly?
  • What do you do when a larger fish chases a smaller fish that you have hooked up?
  • What fly do you go to most often to catch fish?

Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Landon is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Fusion and American Angler magazines.

As an ambassador in the fly–fishing industry, he represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Bauer Reels, R. L. Winston Rods, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti Coolers, Regal, Fly Craft, and Casio Pro Trek watches.

Landon has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 21 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK.

For more information on Landon's' guide service, books, articles and DVDs visit his web site at www.Landon Mayer.com.

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