Paul Weamer

Fly Fisher/Guide/Fly Tier/Writer

Paul Weamer has been a professional fly tier and designer, fly-fishing guide, co-owner or manager of fly-fishing shops and guide services, and is the coordinator of the Yellowstone Fly Fishing Volunteer Program. He is a contributing editor for Fly Fisherman magazine and the author or coauthor of several fly-fishing books. Paul lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he guides fly anglers on the legendary trout waters that flow through Yellowstone National Park and Southwestern Montana.

You can reach Paul through his website: and email:

Listen to Paul Weamer's Shows...

Fly Fishing the Upper Delaware River

Paul Weamer has spent over decade fishing the Upper Delaware River watershed where the trout are large, wild, and highly selective. Be sure to listen in to find out about this great fishery and the special techniques used to hook up with the trophies.

Dry Fly Strategies

Paul Weamer, a professional guide and fly tier, understands fishing with a dry fly as the essence of fly fishing. Of course, fish feed primarily under the water but when they rise there's nothing more exciting. Paul has fished highly technical waters like Penns Creek in Pennsylvania, the Upper Delaware River in New York, and spring creeks in Paradise Valley Montana. Listen in as Paul breaks down the best methods, rigs, and fly patterns to catch more fish with dry flies.

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

  • How do the seasons affect dry fly fishing?
  • What weight and length rod do you use?
  • Do you prefer monofilament or fluorocarbon for terminal tackle?
  • Does the glare from tippet to surface tension cause refusals?
  • What products do you use to keep your flies afloat?
  • What fly styles work best for the mayfly life-cycle stages?
  • What fly styles work best for the caddis fly life-cycle stages?
  • What are your favorite stonefly dry fly patterns?
  • What fly styles work best for fast water and slow water?
  • What is more important hook size or the pattern's color?
  • What are the different rise forms and how do you fish them?
  • How do you fish to non-steady risers?
  • How do you fish springs creeks with finicky fish?
  • What are the differences between dry fly strategies in the west versus those in the east?

Essential Flies for Yellowstone

Paul Weamer is a professional fly tier and licensed fishing guide in Yellowstone National Park. He considers Yellowstone as his home waters and has spent many years fishing them. Join us to explore the essential flies you need and how to effectively fish them in Yellowstone’s streams, rivers and lakes.

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

  • What fish species are available in the park?
  • What efforts ar being made to remove non-native species?
  • How had the recent flooding affected the fisheries?
  • Have you had any close encounters with grizzly bears?
  • How does your experience from the Upper Delaware translate to waters you fish in Yellowstone?
  • How do you arrange your fly boxes?
  • What are your favorite fly tying materials?
  • Is there still a place for traditional patterns like Humpies, H&L Variants and Wulffs?
  • What are some of your favorite flies for spring?
  • What are some tips for fishing Yellowstone Lake for cutthroats?
  • What are your favorite flies for the summer?
  • What flies work best for fall conditions?
  • Do you use soft hackle flies?
  • What is the best way to present your fly?
  • Do you use beads to get your flies deeper?


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