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"2 Guys and a River" aspires to help fly fishers catch more fish while making the most of their moments on the water. We are two lifelong friends, writers, and mediocre fly fishers who love fishing small creeks as well as the great western rivers. Life is short, catch more fish.

2 Guys and a Rive‪r‬ Dave Goetz and Steve Mathewson

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"2 Guys and a River" aspires to help fly fishers catch more fish while making the most of their moments on the water. We are two lifelong friends, writers, and mediocre fly fishers who love fishing small creeks as well as the great western rivers. Life is short, catch more fish.

    255: Reflections on a Montana Fly Fishing Trip

    255: Reflections on a Montana Fly Fishing Trip

    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 …

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    254: Fishing the Transition of the Season

    254: Fishing the Transition of the Season

    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 …

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

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

    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 …

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    252: The Fly Fishing Etiquette Mindset

    252: The Fly Fishing Etiquette Mindset

    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 …

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    251: Key Factors in Your Fly Fishing Success

    251: Key Factors in Your Fly Fishing Success

    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 …

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    250: Strategies for Fishing the Film

    250: Strategies for Fishing the Film

    Fishing the film begins with a different mindset. We often think first about fishing on top of the surface or at the bottom of the river. In this episode, we discuss the “film” mindset” and offer four strategies for greater fly fishing success. One strategy is simply to let your soggy dry fly drift submerged …

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