Episode 283 Fly Fishing the American West vs the Midwest

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Fly fishing the American West may seem more intimidating to the new fly fisher. The rivers are swift, and simply figuring out how to identify a run in a bigger river can be daunting.

We both got our early fly fishing chops from slinging flies into the bigger rivers in the inter-mountain West – the Madison, Gallatin, the Yellowstone, the Missouri, the Boulder, and others. In mid-life, we both moved to the Chicagoland area and had a rude awakening when fishing the spring creeks of the Driftless region. We caught fewer fish, and the rivers were not really rivers but small creeks.

In this episode, we discuss the differences between the two regions to help fly fishers prepare for fishing either one.

Fly fishing the American West vs. the Midwest

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Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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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Episode 282: Dry Fly Fishing Stories and Their Key Takeaways

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Dry fly fishing stories are the best. Mostly because when push comes to shove, to use the cliche, we’d rather cast a dry fly than almost anything else.

There’s no greater thrill than catching a trout on a dry fly. We love to fish streamers and nymphs, but when push comes to shove, we’d rather tie on a dry. In this episode of dry fly fishing stories, we recall a bunch of terrific days (or, in some cases, minutes) catching rainbows, cutthroat, or browns on a dry fly. We also layer in some key takeaways from each story to provide some practical help.

Episode 282: Dry Fly Fishing Stories and Their Key Takeaways

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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!

REFER OUR FLY FISHING PODCAST TO YOUR TU CHAPTER!

We would love a referral from you, because referrals are how we grow.

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

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Episode 281: A Conversation with a Driftless Conservation Warden

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In this conversation with Michael Burns, a Wisconsin Driftless conservation warden, we discuss the most common fishing violations and his role in working with our sport. While our listeners come from all places in North America and even Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, we thought Mike’s perspective as a Driftless conservation warden applies to everyone everywhere.

It takes a village to raise up a fly fisher. An unheralded person of the village is the conservation warden. He or she is in many ways quietly responsible to maintain order and even safety while we enjoy the outdoors.

Episode 281: A Fly Fishing Conversation with a Driftless Conservation Warden

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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!

REFER OUR FLY FISHING PODCAST TO YOUR TU CHAPTER!

We would love a referral from you, because referrals are how we grow.

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

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Thank you for your trust. And now, start to plan your next day on the water!

Episode 280: What to Do After You Hook a Trout

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You’ve set the hook. Now what? In this episode, we offered up some of the best practices for netting and releasing your fish. One of the most important reminders is to monitor the interval between the time you hook a trout and when you release it – the shorter (obviously) the better.

Episode 280: What to Do After You Hook a Trout

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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!

REFER OUR FLY FISHING PODCAST TO YOUR TU CHAPTER!

We would love a referral from you, because referrals are how we grow.

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

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Thank you for your trust. And now, start to plan your next day on the water!

Episode 278: Fly Fishing Resolutions to Make the Next Three Seasons Great

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Fly fishing resolutions are typically set forth in January. It’s mid-March. But we thought that you’d like to hear our fly fishing resolutions for the next three seasons, when we do most of our fishing.

One of Steve’s resolutions centers around his recent proclivity to break his fly rods. He has broken three in the last couple years. One of Dave’s is to, once and for all, learn the double haul cast – or at least perfect it. We fish most of our days on the spring creeks in the Driftless region, where the double haul is hardly used for distance. The streams are mostly spring creeks, and the fly fisher’s biggest problem tends not to be distance.

Fly Fishing Resolutions to Make the Next Three Seasons Great

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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 FLY FISHING PODCAST?

We would love a referral from you, because referrals are how we grow.

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

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Episode 276: Returning to the Fly Fishing Basics

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Fly fishing basics may seem patently obvious to the more experienced fly fisher, but the fundamentals of our sport must be learned and relearned.

A fly fisher should return again and again to the basics of fly fishing. In this episode, we identify several key elements of fly fishing that we’ve had to relearn or remember. Just like writing or playing a sport, the veterans return to the essential skills again and again.

LISTEN NOW TO “RETURNING TO THE FLY FISHING BASICS”

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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 FLY FISHING PODCAST?

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

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Episode 275: Steve’s Alaskan Fly Fishing Trip

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Steve went on an Alaskan fly fishing trip without Dave this summer. Perhaps that is an overstatement: Steve went on a family trip to Alaska with some fly fishing tacked on as a bonus.

Steve broke his fly rod, caught a few rainbows, and netted a silver. Listen in as Dave interviews Steve about his Alaskan fly fishing experience while on a trip to visit family. Some things about fishing are always true, no matter where you fish:

Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.

LISTEN NOW TO “STEVE’S ALASKAN FLY FISHING TRIP”

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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 FLY FISHING PODCAST?

We would love a referral from you, because referrals are how we grow.

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

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Thank you for your trust. And now, start to plan your next day on the water!

Episode 274: Crazy Fly Fishing Moments from a Recent Fly Fishing Trip

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Crazy fly fishing moments occur almost every time we fish together. Steve always blames Dave, because Dave is often responsible for a lot of the stupid behavior. But on a recent trip, Steve needed to take some responsibility for his response to almost stepping on a rattle snake.

Okay, maybe Dave is still mostly responsible for some of these crazy fly fishing moments. As a result, though we had a lot of laughs and memories.

LISTEN NOW TO “CRAZY FLY FISHING MOMENTS: RATTLESNAKES, BUYING BEAR SPRAY, and DAVE in FULL FORM”

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast. For example, learning how to read water is another of the most elemental aspects of fly fishing.

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 FLY FISHING PODCAST?

We would love a referral from you, because referrals are how we grow.

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, start to plan your next day on the water!

Episode 273: When Your Fly Fishing Trip Is Just Okay

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When your fly fishing trip is just okay, you may need to raise your expectations. It’s not just about how many fish you can, though more is always better than less.

LISTEN NOW TO “WHEN YOUR FLY FISHING TRIP IS JUST OKAY”

“THE FLY FISHER’S BOOK OF LISTS” – KINDLE VERSION, FOR ONLY $6.97

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 FLY FISHING PODCAST?

We would love a referral from you.

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Episode 272: Make Your Fly Fishing More Simple – and More Enjoyable

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Make your fly fishing more simple. And thus more enjoyable. When first starting out, most of us feel overwhelmed with the many types of fly rods, sizes of flies, tippet weights, leader lengths, casting techniques, how long the tippet should be, and where to put the split shot when fishing nymphs. There’s a lot to learn! But over time, it’s important to simplify the sport as much as possible. In this episode, we discuss the art of fly fishing simplicity.

We offer some ideas for flies, rods, and other key aspects of fly fishing.

LISTEN NOW TO “MAKE YOUR FLY FISHING MORE SIMPLE – AND MORE ENJOYABLE”

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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.

“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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