Paul Weamer

Fly Fisher/Guide/Fly Tier/Writer

Paul Weamer is a Fly Fisherman magazine contributing editor and the author or co-author of several fly fishing books.  He is a licensed Montana fishing guide, former New York State licensed fishing guide, and the owner of Weamer Fly Fishing, LLC.  Paul has managed fly shops and guide services in New York, Pennsylvania, and Montana and has been a production fly tier as well as a contract fly designer for Montana Fly Company.  He is also the designer of the Daiichi Hook model #1230, Weamer's Mayfly Hook.

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?

Paul is one of the founders of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) and the 2009 co-winner of FUDR's Upper Delaware "One Bug" tournament. He received the 2011 Upper Delaware Council's Recreation Award for his book, The Fly Fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River.  Paul's book, The Bug Book, was featured as Amazon's third highest customer-rated fly fishing book by

Paul, his wife Ruthann, and their English Mastiff Olive live in Paradise Valley, Montana, where Paul writes and guides fly anglers in the legendary trout waters that flow through Yellowstone National Park and Southwestern Montana.

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