S5:E12 The Last Run of the Day

Every day of fly fishing has a beginning. And an end. There’s often a sense of sadness right before, and certainly, after the last run of the day. Not every “last run of the day” is packed with emotion, but we’ve had several experiences when the final moments of the day felt thick with meaning. In this episode, we recount several memorable days on the river – and how we felt as we made our final casts.


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We’d love to hear about some of your most poignant moments from your favorite last run of the day. What were you feeling? What made it so moving? Please post your comments below.

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13 Replies to “S5:E12 The Last Run of the Day”

  1. Oh so sad . I’ll miss you guys . I always look forward to your Sunday podcast. I completely understand why you both decided to end your long journey. I wish you both the best . Thank you for the last fews years of entertainment and passing your experiences and knowledge of the great world of fly fishing. Good luck in your new endeavors. Enjoy that extra free time you now have . Hopefully you can do an annual podcast to fill us in on your fly fishing adventures. God bless Dave V

    1. Thanks, David. We both looked forward to your posts. And have learned so much from you. So thankful our paths crossed. I hope to fish Spearfish Canyon at some point in in the future. Stay in touch. We will keep the web site up and our email address working for quite some time.

      Dave Goetz

  2. Dave and Steve, as I listened this week, I had no idea what you were planning to announce, all I was thinking was that this was a really good episode, maybe your best ever. At the end, I was surprised and sorry (on behalf of the listeners) to hear it was your last. I took up fly fishing shortly after you started the podcast, and looked forward to every episode. Good luck to you and your families, and thanks for what you have contributed to our sport in general and to me personally

    1. Thanks, Mike. Really appreciate your comment. And thank you for your well wishes. We struggled with this decision for a good six months. Today, I’m feeling really sad myself, like a good friend moved away.

      Dave Goetz

    2. Steve and Dave,
      As I was driving towards a small Colorado stream last Sunday, I was listening to your podcast. Your theme was certainly well suited for what may well be your final episode.

      Your good natured, unpretentious advice will be missed by many.

      As a thank you Hook Set, I have been reading Luke Jenning’s terrific book Blood Knots. In it he quotes a 15th century magician, John Dee – “Into the chaos the wish is cast. May it be harvested.”

  3. Yes if you ever come back to fly fish the Black Hills and Spearfish I’d love to hook up for a day on the water and stop at a roadside restaurant for a greasy cheeseburger.

  4. One of the things I really liked about your podcast is that your passion and joy came through on each episode. If it started to not be as fun for you, then there really isn’t any point, your friendship is what makes it work. I hope you guys still get together every month, maybe spend the time you used on the podcast to go fishing together.

  5. Thank you for your tireless work in getting this podcast out each week. I’ve enjoyed listening to you guys. Mostly, I’ve appreciated how you keep your priorities straight. I remember you saying “Fly Fishing is not the Sun in our lives, more like the Moon”. I appreciate that as much as you love doing this, you still have a perspective. God bless you both as you prioritize your families and other endeavors. Tight lines!

    Brian Davis

  6. Thank you so much I have always downloaded your pod casts and listens to them when I can. I have enjoyed your podcasts immensely. Again thank you and I will miss you two

    1. Thank you for your comment. Grateful that you listened to the podcast. We will sorely miss the community.

  7. I’ve never commented on your site before, but I’ve been listening to your podcasts for the past few years ever since I first found you on the Apple podcast. You both came across as genuinely passionate people, and have got me through some long cold winters while wistfully longing for spring. I’ll miss you guys. Thank you so much for your contribution to this hobby. All the best in your future endeavors.

    Cheers from Canada!

    1. Thank you, Gregg. So grateful that you took the time to listen to the podcast. And post this comment. We will miss the community – fly fishers like you.


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