238: Best All Around Fly Rod for Normal Folk

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The best all around fly rod is up for debate. The answer is, of course, it depends. Many fly fishers have more than one rod, but if you had to choose, which would be the best all around fly rod?

In this episode, we make a case for the nine-foot, five-weight or nine-foot six-weight rod as the best all around fly rod. However, if you’re fishing smaller creeks, you may want to consider an eight-and-a-half four-weight fly rod.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

This is a book of fly fishing pearls. Hundreds of hundreds of pearls.

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.

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237: 6 Lists for Fly Fishing Success

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Fly fishing success means different things to different people. For many of us, just a day on the river is success.

In this episode, we identify six lists from our book “The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” and discuss their merits. One list that we discuss is “8 Adjustments to Make When Fishing Spring Creeks.” And another: “Bob’s 8 Pearls of Fly Fishing Wisdom.” Every fly fisher, whether new to the sport or a veteran, can take away an insight or two from one of the lists.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

Speaking of our book, 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.

This book 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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236: 6 Practices for Stalking Trout

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Stalking trout is a basic concept of fly fishing, but yet it’s often not part of the curriculum of new fly fishers.

In this episode we identify six practices for stalking trout and tell a few stories when we found success for our efforts. Stalking trout is especially important on smaller freestone rivers and spring creeks.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

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.

This book 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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235: Flies that Work Anytime and Anywhere

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Flies that work anytime and anywhere are essential to your fly box. Yes, there may be some specialty flies that work only during specific hatches, but more often than not, the basics are pretty much all you need (most or at least much of the time).

In this episode we discuss two dry flies, two nymphs, a streamer – and what we’re calling a “wild card.” You can pretty much go to the bank with these flies.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

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.

This book 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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234: 4 Questions for Your Next Fly Fishing Trip

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Your next fly fishing trip may seem like years away in this moment in history, but soon enough, it will be time to plan.

In this episode we discuss four questions to help winnow your options to make the best decision about time of year for your next fly fishing trip. We also discuss our favorite time of year for a trip.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

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.

This book 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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233: Tips for Landing Bigger Fish

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Landing bigger fish is impossible if you simply try to rip in the fish like you would if you were spin fishing.

In this episode we identify several tips that have helped us increase our catch rate when Moby Dick hits our streamer or nymph. One tip is a different mindset, which comes only after one’s heart is broken after the big one got away.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

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.

This book 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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232: Fishing Emergers during a Hatch

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Fishing emergers during a hatch is as fundamental as it gets.

And yet, most new fly fishers rarely hear about this approach early on. In this episode, we start off with a couple great stories from recent trips when the stars were aligned, and we hit a hatch perfectly. But the fish were not hitting our flies on the surface. We had to drop an emerger.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

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.

This book 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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231: The Wading Risk of Soft River Bottoms

Soft river bottoms pose a unique risk to wade fishers.

In this episode, Dave recounts a winter fly fishing experience in which he got stuck in the mud while trying to wade to a run. It was 31 degrees. Dave had no cell coverage. He had gotten wet. And his fly fishing partner was about an hour away. Dave lived to survive the ordeal, but the story serves as a reminder about the risks of soft river bottoms and the importance of thinking more critically about our approach to wading.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

Have you not yet purchased our book of lists?

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.

This book 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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230: Montana Outfitter Dave Kumlien on Safe Wading

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Safe wading is rarely the first thought on a fly fisher’s mind as he or she plans for a day on the river.

It should be.

In this episode, we interview Dave Kumlien, a Montana outfitter for 40 years, former fly shop owner, and coordinator of Trout Unlimited’s Veteran Service Partnership. We start out this episode on safe wading by busting a few myths. Some of the common ideas about wading safely are patently false.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

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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.

This book 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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229: The Hope of Fly Fishing in the Waiting

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The hope of fly fishing is a day in the not too distant future when our fears have been suspended and we make our way upstream with only the next run on our mind. In this episode, we focus not on the present moment but days gone by when we endured hardship while also making time to fish. We want our conversation to be a source of encouragement as we wait. Maybe that stretch of river that rarely disappoints will be even better months from now.

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The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – A Book of Fly Fishing Hacks

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.

This book 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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