Episode 260: Dave Kumlien on the Yellowstone Flooding and Its Effect on Fishing

The Yellowstone Flood of 2022 is not yet over, and already it is the most catastrophic flooding event of the Yellowstone River in recorded history. Major flooding on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries wiped out stretches of highway in Yellowstone National Park and in Paradise Valley to the north. Three inches of rain which took with it melting snow poured into these rivers.

We couldn’t think of a better person to talk with us about this than our friend Dave Kumlien, outfitter and guide, former fly shop owner in Bozeman, Montana, a former employee of the Whirling Disease Foundation and Trout Unlimited, and a member of the 2022 class of inductees into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

In this episode, we interview Dave on the Yellowstone flooding and its effect on fishing.

Dave helps us understand the historic nature of the flooding and gives us some insights on what happens to the fish during a flood. For example, he says that flooding often pushes the trout to the extremities of the river. In general, flooding doesn’t seem to have too big of a impact on fish populations, though young trout tend to be more at risk.

Fish are resilient, Dave says, and fishing will likely return quickly.

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“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 259: Fly Fishing with Lighter Rods

Fly fishing with lighter rods makes sense only if the conditions are right. In recent years, each of us has purchased a lighter rod for smaller creeks. In this episode, we relay pluses and minuses of Fly Fishing with Lighter Rods

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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OTHER EPISODES ON FLY RODS

The Basics of Buying a Fly Fishing Rod

Which Is the Best Overall Fly Rod

Episode 258: Lessons from Our Fall Fly Fishing Trip to Montana

Our fall fly fishing trip to Montana was one of the best on record. The previous year was a bust. In fact, we wondered if we should even return to Montana in the fall, whether our honey holes and favorite rivers were only memories.

In Lessons from Our Fall Fly Fishing Trip to Montana, we offer up what we learned and relearned from our lessons from a week in Big Sky Country. This year, we fished the third week of October, and because there had been a significant snowfall about a week earlier, the runners had started to move upriver.

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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OTHER EPISODES ON FLY FISHING TRIPS

Reflections on a Montana Fly Fishing Trip

Crazy Moments from a Recent Fly Fishing Trip

Episode 257: Reflections on John Maclean’s Home Waters

John Maclean’s Home Waters is a memoir of his father, Norman Maclean, the author of “A River Runs Through It.”

In this memoir, John reflects on his growing up as the grandson and son of two characters in the novella and movie.

In Home Waters, we discuss what resonated with us about John’s unique perspective on the life of his father. Steve connected with the scholarly life of Norman combined with his passion for fly fishing. Dave thought that the fact that Norman did not publish “A River Runs Through It” until after he retired from the University of Chicago gives hope for those who are older to continue to be productive.

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We end this episode with “Great Hacks from Our Book.” Since we haven’t published in a while, we don’t have any comments from our listeners.

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

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Episode 256: One Fine Day on the East Gallatin River

The East Gallatin River flows in a northwesterly direction through the Gallatin valley in Montana, north of Bozeman. From the perspective of a drone a couple thousand feet up, the river, which is more like a large creek, might look like ribbon candy. It winds in large S curves on the Montana flatland, with almost 360-degree views of mountains, including the Bridgers, the Spanish Peaks, and the Tobacco Roots.

Last fall, we fished the East Gallatin River on some private property, thanks to a friend. In this episode, the first in a while, we tell the story of One Fine Day on the East Gallatin River.

We hope you are surviving the winter blahs and dreaming of some fine days of spring fly fishing.

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“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

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OTHER EPISODES ON FLY FISHING TRIPS

Crazy Moments from a Recent Fly Fishing Trip

Your Next Fly Fishing Trip

Fly Fishing Trip Preparations

255: Reflections on a Montana Fly Fishing Trip

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It’s September, and often during this month we find a way for our annual Montana fly fishing trip. It was fitting that in a year like 2020, there were some strange moments.

In this episode, we discuss a series of “rapid fire” topics from our Montana fly fishing trip in a not-so-rapid-fire manner. One odd part of the trip was the dramatic temperature drop from a hundred degrees a day or so before we arrived to 48 degrees on Labor Day, the day we arrived. The fly fishing was good (not great), but the trip itself was a great memory.

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

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254: Fishing the Transition of the Season

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Fishing the transition of the season starts with a different set of expectations. The prolific summer hatches are mostly over. And the fall runners have yet to make their way up the river.

In this episode, we discuss how to think about fishing the seasonal transition, which is September. And ways to make your days on the river more productive.

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We’d love to hear about your September fishing. Where have you found success? What has worked?

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

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253: Not-So-Obvious Questions for Your Next Fly Fishing Trip

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Hopefully, your next fly fishing trip is sooner rather than later.

It has been a year of kicking the proverbial can of what we love to do down the road. The pandemic has delayed or postponed indefinitely a lot of plans. This next week, however, we plan to hit our favorite rivers in Montana.

In this episode, we identify some not-so-obvious questions to ask before your next fly fishing trip.

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

WOULD YOU REFER OUR PODCAST?

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If you are a nonprofit, serving the outdoors community, you have our permission to reprint our content in your online or print newsletter with the appropriate credit and links.

Thank you for your trust. And now, get out to the river!

OTHER EPISODES ON FLY FISHING TRIPS

Crazy Moments from a Recent Fly Fishing Trip

Your Next Fly Fishing Trip

Fly Fishing Trip Preparations

252: The Fly Fishing Etiquette Mindset

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The fly fishing etiquette mindset is a way of thinking that should permeate the actions of every fly fisher. In this episode, we read a thread from Trout Unlimited’s online forum about a fly fisher who was, in our opinion, quasi-bullied out of fishing on the Madison by four fishers.

With the influx of new fly fishers into the sport, given Covid’s eliminating other activities, the great traditions of our sport must be passed on. People must learn that fly fishing isn’t a competitive sport. At least not like the team sports. If you want to be competitive, compete with your self. Compete with your lousy fly casting technique. Focus on you. Not on bullying other fly fishers.

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We’re pretty sure we missed a ton of insight on this podcast. We’d love for you to contribute to the conversation.

What “mindset” elements of fly fishing etiquette did we miss? If you have a story, we’d love to hear about it!

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

WOULD YOU REFER OUR PODCAST?

We would love a referral from you.

Simply mention our podcast to your TU chapter or fly fishing club or even local fly shop.

If you are a nonprofit, serving the outdoors community, you have our permission to reprint our content in your online or print newsletter with the appropriate credit and links.

Thank you for your trust. And now, get out to the river!

251: Key Factors in Your Fly Fishing Success

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Fly fishing success is not just about your amazing chops: precision casting, reading the river, and overall fly fishing genius. There are factors out of your control that affect whether you catch fish.

In this episode, we identify seven factors that may affect your day on the river. One factor is barometric pressure. Another is phases of the moon.

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What other insights do you have on factors of fly fishing success?

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PURCHASE OUR BOOK ON FLY FISHING HACKS – the essential collection of great tips to catch more fish

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

Visit Amazon to buy your copy today!

WOULD YOU REFER OUR PODCAST?

We would love a referral from you.

Simply mention our podcast to your TU chapter or fly fishing club or even local fly shop.

If you are a nonprofit, serving the outdoors community, you have our permission to reprint our content in your online or print newsletter with the appropriate credit and links.

Thank you for your trust. And now, get out to the river!