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The Fly Fishing Insider Podcast, led by Christian Bacasa, aims to equip you with the skills to fish for any species, at any time, anywhere. Dive into the world of fly fishing by listening to conversations with both expert professionals and passionate hobbyists from all corners of the globe, renowned for their dedication and prowess in the sport. Additionally, Christian Bacasa, a seasoned angler, imparts valuable tips and secrets for successful fishing. The podcast also frequently features special guests from various brands or their ambassadors, offering insider perspectives on fishing techniques and detailed product insights.

Fly Fishing Insider Podcast Christian Bacasa

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The Fly Fishing Insider Podcast, led by Christian Bacasa, aims to equip you with the skills to fish for any species, at any time, anywhere. Dive into the world of fly fishing by listening to conversations with both expert professionals and passionate hobbyists from all corners of the globe, renowned for their dedication and prowess in the sport. Additionally, Christian Bacasa, a seasoned angler, imparts valuable tips and secrets for successful fishing. The podcast also frequently features special guests from various brands or their ambassadors, offering insider perspectives on fishing techniques and detailed product insights.

    The Various Locations and Their Species in Western Australia

    The Various Locations and Their Species in Western Australia

    In this episode, Angus Line discusses the diverse fishing opportunities in Western Australia, particularly in the Perth area and the Kimberley region. He highlights the variety of species available, including carp, blue bastards, tuskfish, and GTs. Angus shares his experiences and strategies for targeting these species, emphasizing the importance of research, adaptability, and persistence. He also discusses the challenges of fishing for parrotfish and the thrill of sight fishing in shallow water. Throughout the conversation, Angus emphasizes the value of seeking advice and sharing knowledge within the fly fishing community. In this conversation, Angus discusses fishing opportunities in different regions of Australia, including the south and New Zealand. He shares a memorable fishing trip to New Zealand where he caught a massive rainbow trout. Angus also provides tips for visiting a gear shop and offers advice for traveling to fishing destinations.
    Takeaways
    Western Australia offers diverse fishing opportunities, with a wide range of species available in different locations.
    Research and preparation are key to success in targeting specific species, including understanding their behavior, preferred habitats, and food sources.
    Adaptability and persistence are crucial when fishing for challenging species, such as parrotfish, as they can be moody and require different approaches.
    Engaging with the fly fishing community and seeking advice from experienced anglers can provide valuable insights and improve fishing outcomes. Australia offers diverse fishing opportunities, with saltwater fishing in the south and freshwater fishing in the southwest.
    New Zealand is a popular destination for fly fishing, with opportunities to catch large rainbow trout.
    When visiting a gear shop, approach the staff with a smile, be direct about your needs, and be open to their recommendations.
    When traveling to fishing destinations, consider the ergonomics of your gear setup, do research on the area, and ensure your safety and legitimacy of guides or services.
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    • 1 hr
    Bamboo Rods and Where it All Started

    Bamboo Rods and Where it All Started

    In this episode, host Christian Bacasa interviews PJ Dufour, a bamboo rod builder and handcrafted net maker. PJ shares his journey in fly fishing, from being a fishing enthusiast to becoming a guide, fly tier, and eventually specializing in bamboo rods. He explains the historical significance of bamboo rods and the different types available. PJ also discusses the importance of finding the right rod for your casting style and the value of confidence flies and equipment. He shares insights into the construction and inspection process of bamboo rods. In this conversation, Paul (PJ) Dufour discusses the process of building bamboo rods. He explains the steps involved, including splitting and planing the bamboo, tempering the sugars, creating the taper, gluing the pieces together, and removing excess glue. PJ also shares his thoughts on using rod holders and emphasizes the importance of slowing down and enjoying the process of rigging and re-rigging your equipment.
     
    Takeaways
     
    Bamboo rods have a rich history in fly fishing and are considered heirloom pieces.
    Finding the right rod for your casting style is more important than the price or brand.
    Confidence flies and equipment play a significant role in an angler's success.
    Bamboo rods are constructed using hexagonal-shaped pieces of bamboo, which can be solid or hollowed out.
    The inspection process for bamboo rods involves analyzing the power fibers and other characteristics of the bamboo. Building bamboo rods involves multiple steps, including splitting and planing the bamboo, tempering the sugars, creating the taper, gluing the pieces together, and removing excess glue.
    The process requires attention to detail and a deep understanding of the materials being used.
    Using rod holders can be convenient for transporting rods, but it's important to be mindful of the potential damage caused by heat and vibration.
    Taking the time to re-rig and check your equipment before each fishing trip can help ensure a more enjoyable and successful experience on the water.



    Fly Fishing Insider Blog is taking off and I'm putting out tons of content weekly.  Join the Loyalty Club for updates and all kinds of discounts!
    www.ffipodcast.com
    The Fly Fisherman's Channel has become my favorite place lately. I work with them, so the podcast is on there now and without ads. What I like is that it is the most extensive collection of fly fishing-specific content on the web!
    Subscribe with my link and get 10% off your subscription by using code: FFIP10SPRING23
    https://bit.ly/10PtsOffFlyFishermansChannel
    If you like the Fly Fisherman's Channel, it really helps cover the show's overhead. Anyone you share that link with can help. Thanks!!!
    A lot of you have been asking what I'm using these days. Specifically, I use products from these companies because they have been shown to last and be worth the money. They tend to last long and have good functionality. I'll try to add them to the podcasts from now on and keep the list up to date. Additionally, I'll be doing more reviews, but taking a look now is worthwhile.
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    Simms Fishing - Packs, Boots, Accessories, Waders - https://bit.ly/simmsfishingmain
    Patagonia - Clothing, Shells, Packs - https://bit.ly/patagoniamainpage
    Gerber Gear - Fishing Tools, Nipper, Pliers - https://bit.ly/gerbergearfishing
    BD - Clothing, Jackets, Headlamps - https://bit.ly/bdmainpage
    Gryal 24 Oz Bottle - Water Purification - https://bit.ly/gryalwaterpurification

    • 55 min
    All About Tenkara, It’s Misconceptions and Having a Beginner Mindset

    All About Tenkara, It’s Misconceptions and Having a Beginner Mindset

     
    In this episode, Christian Bacasa interviews Jason Klass about Tenkara fishing. They discuss the advantages of Tenkara, how Jason transitioned to Tenkara, and dispel common myths about the method. They also explore the versatility of Tenkara and the different techniques used. Jason explains the different types of Tenkara rods and offers tips for choosing the right one. In this conversation, Jason Klass discusses various aspects of Tenkara fishing. He provides insights on choosing the right rod for beginners, the flexibility and preferences in rod action, fishing for big fish with Tenkara, different line lengths, connecting the line to the rod, using tapered lines and level fluorocarbon lines, the advantages of Tenkara rods, and approaching Tenkara with a beginner's mind.
    Takeaways
    Tenkara is a versatile method of fly fishing that offers many advantages, such as efficient pocket water fishing and a better connection to the river.
    Tenkara is not just for beginners or kids; it is a self-imposed challenge that appeals to experienced anglers seeking new challenges.
    Tenkara rods are telescopic and typically made of high-modulus graphite or a mix of graphite and fiberglass. They come in various lengths and flex patterns.
    There are different techniques specific to Tenkara, such as using flies with reverse hackle to create motion and enticing fish with repeated casting.
    When choosing a Tenkara rod, consider the length, flex, and your fishing conditions. Many companies offer a trial period for returns. Softer rods are recommended for beginners as they are easier to cast.
    Rod preferences can change as anglers become more experienced and learn to manage their weak points.
    Tenkara can be used to catch big fish, and specialized rods are available for this purpose.
    Line length in Tenkara can vary depending on the fishing conditions and personal preference.
    Connecting the line to the rod in Tenkara requires a specific knot or other DIY methods.
    Tapered lines and level fluorocarbon lines are commonly used in Tenkara fishing.
    Tenkara rods have the advantage of easy replacement of broken parts.
    Approaching Tenkara with a beginner's mind allows for open-mindedness and exploration of the method.
    Fly Fishing Insider Blog is taking off and I'm putting out tons of content weekly.  Join the Loyalty Club for updates and all kinds of discounts!
    www.ffipodcast.com
    The Fly Fisherman's Channel has become my favorite place lately. I work with them, so the podcast is on there now and without ads. What I like is that it is the most extensive collection of fly fishing-specific content on the web!
    Subscribe with my link and get 10% off your subscription by using code: FFIP10SPRING23
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    If you like the Fly Fisherman's Channel, it really helps cover the show's overhead. Anyone you share that link with can help. Thanks!!!
    A lot of you have been asking what I'm using these days. Specifically, I use products from these companies because they have been shown to last and be worth the money. They tend to last long and have good functionality. I'll try to add them to the podcasts from now on and keep the list up to date. Additionally, I'll be doing more reviews, but taking a look now is worthwhile.
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    Simms Fishing - Packs, Boots, Accessories, Waders - https://bit.ly/simmsfishingmain
    Patagonia - Clothing, Shells, Packs - https://bit.ly/patagoniamainpage
    Gerber Gear - Fishing Tools, Nipper, Pliers - https://bit.ly/gerbergearfishing
    BD - Clothing, Jackets, Headlamps - https://bit.ly/bdmainpage
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    • 51 min
    Dry Fly Fishing with a Short Leader on Spring Creeks

    Dry Fly Fishing with a Short Leader on Spring Creeks

     
    In this episode of the Fly Fishing Insider Podcast, host Christian Bacasa interviews Rick Nyles, owner of Sky Blue Outfitters in Pennsylvania. They discuss Rick's journey to fly fishing and his successful transition from a career in sales to running a fly fishing business. They also explore the specialized niches in fly fishing that Rick's guides focus on, such as wet fly fishing and blue lining for brook trout. The conversation then shifts to Penns Creek, a unique fishery in Pennsylvania, and Rick shares his personal experiences and tips for fishing on this creek. They also discuss the fly fishing opportunities in Pennsylvania and the diverse hatches throughout the year. The episode concludes with a focus on dry fly fishing techniques, including the importance of short leaders and precise presentation. In this conversation, Rick Nyles shares his insights and techniques for fishing Penns Creek. He emphasizes the abundance of fish in the creek and encourages anglers to explore different areas. Rick discusses the importance of observation in finding fish and identifies key factors to look for, such as the type of rise and the size of the fish. He recommends using a four or five weight rod and a short leader, and shares his preference for fast, stiff rods. Rick also provides tips for using dry flies and nymphs together, as well as techniques for fishing streamers. He concludes by discussing retirement and the fishing opportunities available with Sky Blue Outfitters.
     
    Takeaways
     
    Rick Nyles successfully transitioned from a career in sales to running a fly fishing business, following his passion for the sport.
    Sky Blue Outfitters specializes in various niches of fly fishing, including wet fly fishing and blue lining for brook trout.
    Penns Creek in Pennsylvania is a unique fishery with diverse hatches and the potential to catch large trout.
    Pennsylvania offers excellent fly fishing opportunities, with numerous trout streams and a variety of species.
    Dry fly fishing requires precise presentation, including short leaders and targeting fish with strategic casts. Fish are abundant in Penns Creek, and anglers should explore different areas to find them.
    Observation is key in finding fish, including paying attention to the type of rise and the size of the fish.
    Using a four or five weight rod with a short leader is recommended, and fast, stiff rods provide better control.
    Combining dry flies and nymphs, as well as using high visibility streamers, can be effective techniques.
    Retirement can provide more time for fishing, and Sky Blue Outfitters offers various fishing opportunities.



    Fly Fishing Insider Blog is taking off and I'm putting out tons of content weekly.  Join the Loyalty Club for updates and all kinds of discounts!
    www.ffipodcast.com
    The Fly Fisherman's Channel has become my favorite place lately. I work with them, so the podcast is on there now and without ads. What I like is that it is the most extensive collection of fly fishing-specific content on the web!
    Subscribe with my link and get 10% off your subscription by using code: FFIP10SPRING23
    https://bit.ly/10PtsOffFlyFishermansChannel
    If you like the Fly Fisherman's Channel, it really helps cover the show's overhead. Anyone you share that link with can help. Thanks!!!
    A lot of you have been asking what I'm using these days. Specifically, I use products from these companies because they have been shown to last and be worth the money. They tend to last long and have good functionality. I'll try to add them to the podcasts from now on and keep the list up to date. Additionally, I'll be doing more reviews, but taking a look now is worthwhile.
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    Simms Fishing - Packs, Boots, Accessories, Waders - https://bit.ly/simmsfishingmain
    Patagonia - Clothing, Shells, Packs - https://bit.ly/patagoniamainpage
    Gerber Gear - Fishing Tools, Nipper, Pliers - https://bit.ly/gerbergearfishin

    • 53 min
    Alaska Dry Fly Season and Not Moving as an Angler

    Alaska Dry Fly Season and Not Moving as an Angler

     
    In this episode, James Johnson shares his experience and knowledge of fly fishing in Alaska. He discusses the misconceptions about fly fishing in Alaska and explains the different techniques for catching big fish, including streamer fishing. James also talks about the different fishing approaches in different seasons and the benefits of catching wild fish in Alaska. He shares his favorite fishing season and species, as well as the experience of fishing for kings. James discusses the fall season and the lake-run rainbows, and highlights the species diversity in Alaska. He also explains the advantages of fishing at the Nac-Nac Camp and provides advice for guests regarding gear and physical fitness. The conversation covers various topics related to fly fishing, including physical fitness and endurance, the importance of movement, always looking for new water, overcoming the fear of leaving a fishing spot, and memorable fishing experiences at Katmai Trophy Lodge.
     
    Takeaways
     
    Physical fitness and endurance are important for fly fishing, as it often involves hiking, wading, and covering water.
    Anglers should constantly move and explore different areas to find fish.
    Always look for new water, which can mean small changes in location or tactics.
    Don't be afraid to leave a fishing spot and try something different if you're not having success.
    Memorable fishing experiences can happen when least expected, such as doubling up on fish at the end of the day.




    Fly Fishing Insider Blog is taking off and I'm putting out tons of content weekly.  Join the Loyalty Club for updates and all kinds of discounts!
    www.ffipodcast.com
    The Fly Fisherman's Channel has become my favorite place lately. I work with them, so the podcast is on there now and without ads. What I like is that it is the most extensive collection of fly fishing-specific content on the web!
    Subscribe with my link and get 10% off your subscription by using code: FFIP10SPRING23
    https://bit.ly/10PtsOffFlyFishermansChannel
    If you like the Fly Fisherman's Channel, it really helps cover the show's overhead. Anyone you share that link with can help. Thanks!!!
    A lot of you have been asking what I'm using these days. Specifically, I use products from these companies because they have been shown to last and be worth the money. They tend to last long and have good functionality. I'll try to add them to the podcasts from now on and keep the list up to date. Additionally, I'll be doing more reviews, but taking a look now is worthwhile.
    Grundéns Waders - https://bit.ly/grundénswaders 
    Simms Fishing - Packs, Boots, Accessories, Waders - https://bit.ly/simmsfishingmain
    Patagonia - Clothing, Shells, Packs - https://bit.ly/patagoniamainpage
    Gerber Gear - Fishing Tools, Nipper, Pliers - https://bit.ly/gerbergearfishing
    BD - Clothing, Jackets, Headlamps - https://bit.ly/bdmainpage
    Gryal 24 Oz Bottle - Water Purification - https://bit.ly/gryalwaterpurification

    • 41 min
    Michigan Fly Fishing for Smallies and Pike

    Michigan Fly Fishing for Smallies and Pike

     
    In this conversation, Christian Bacasa interviews Alan Campbell, a fly fishing guide from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They discuss Alan's guide service and his focus on smallmouth bass and pike fishing. They cover topics such as fishing in the spring, transitioning from conventional fishing to fly fishing, and changing tactics for summer fishing. In this conversation, Allen Campbell shares his insights on fly fishing for smallmouth bass and pike. He discusses the different water levels and how to target fish in various areas, such as log jams and eddies. Allen also provides tips on approaching points and islands, as well as setting up rods for different fishing scenarios. Overall, this conversation offers valuable advice for fly anglers looking to improve their skills and catch more fish.
     
    Takeaways
     
    Alan Campbell is a fly fishing guide based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializing in smallmouth bass and pike fishing.
    In the spring, Alan focuses on fishing slower sections of water and targeting areas where fish are preparing to spawn.
    Transitioning from conventional fishing to fly fishing can be beneficial, as conventional anglers often have a good understanding of fish behavior and can apply their knowledge to fly fishing techniques.
    In the summer, Alan recommends fishing early in the morning for topwater action and moving to deeper water and structure as the day progresses.
    When fishing topwater, casting at a 90-degree angle to the bank and using smaller flies can be effective. Understanding the different water levels and how fish relate to them is crucial for successful fly fishing.
    Targeting specific areas like log jams and eddies can yield great results.
    Using intermediate and full sink lines can help get flies to the desired depth and keep them in the strike zone.
    Choosing the right rod weight for the target species and fishing conditions is important for casting and controlling the fly.




    Fly Fishing Insider Blog is taking off and I'm putting out tons of content weekly.  Join the Loyalty Club for updates and all kinds of discounts!
    www.ffipodcast.com
    The Fly Fisherman's Channel has become my favorite place lately. I work with them, so the podcast is on there now and without ads. What I like is that it is the most extensive collection of fly fishing-specific content on the web!
    Subscribe with my link and get 10% off your subscription by using code: FFIP10SPRING23
    https://bit.ly/10PtsOffFlyFishermansChannel
    If you like the Fly Fisherman's Channel, it really helps cover the show's overhead. Anyone you share that link with can help. Thanks!!!
    A lot of you have been asking what I'm using these days. Specifically, I use products from these companies because they have been shown to last and be worth the money. They tend to last long and have good functionality. I'll try to add them to the podcasts from now on and keep the list up to date. Additionally, I'll be doing more reviews, but taking a look now is worthwhile.
    Grundéns Waders - https://bit.ly/grundénswaders 
    Simms Fishing - Packs, Boots, Accessories, Waders - https://bit.ly/simmsfishingmain
    Patagonia - Clothing, Shells, Packs - https://bit.ly/patagoniamainpage
    Gerber Gear - Fishing Tools, Nipper, Pliers - https://bit.ly/gerbergearfishing
    BD - Clothing, Jackets, Headlamps - https://bit.ly/bdmainpage
    Gryal 24 Oz Bottle - Water Purification - https://bit.ly/gryalwaterpurification

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

cafenflyfish ,

Great Resource!

Learning to fly fish? Been fishing for decades and still learning new things? This show is accessible for anyone within the spectrum of fly fishing experience. Great show Christian!

Fishman54 ,

FlyFishing Podcast

This podcast is really interesting. I enjoy the tips, tricks, and insider reviews on this really enjoyable sport. Not a bad idea to tune in and listen.

Shelg72 ,

Great content

I like the topics and great conversations. The technical audio could use some work. The volume difference between the guest and host makes it difficult to hear at some times.

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