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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast provides weekly tips from acclaimed fly fishing author and lifelong fly fishing enthusiast, Tom Rosenbauer. Get the most from your time on the water!

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast provides weekly tips from acclaimed fly fishing author and lifelong fly fishing enthusiast, Tom Rosenbauer. Get the most from your time on the water!

    Getting your kids into fly fishing, with Joshua Simmons

    Getting your kids into fly fishing, with Joshua Simmons

    This week, my guest is Joshua Simmons [44:00], who with his brother Caleb hosts the podcast "Dads on the Fly". (It's not just for dads, it's for moms and families as well, but they just both happen to be dads and brothers who wanted to give back to the world of fly fishing.) In their podcast they explore the ways families can get together through fly fishing, and have talked to many people across the country about this subject, so Joshua has a lot to share from his conversations and research. If you have always wanted to bring your family together in fly fishing, you'll pick up some great suggestions.
    In the Fly Box this week, we have an eclectic mix of suggestions and questions, including:
    Why do I have trouble mixing my dubbing in an old coffee grinder? It comes out like rope. I
     have trouble tying with a hackle cape with thick stems. What can I do?
    I have trouble hooking steelhead. What am I doing wrong?
    A comment from a listener on the growing movement that helps fish and game departments protect all aquatic species, not just gamefish and game animals.
    How can I practice casting before my next bonefish trip?
    What footwear do you recommend for wading the flats?
    It seems like I can get closer to bonefish wading that from a boat. Is that usually the case?
    I have a new baby coming. How can I childproof my tying area?
    Phil Rowley says that eutrophic lakes offer the best trout fishing, but all the eutrophic lakes I fish in New Hampshire are too warm for trout. Why the disconnect?
    Someone told me to switch from left-hand wind to right-hand wind when I go saltwater fishing (I am right-handed). Should I heed their advice?
    Why don't more fly anglers wear a PFD?
    If Tom had one final trip, where would he go?
    A great tip from a listener on pre-rigging flies at home
    I can't cast a Euro rig with my 905 rod. Should I invest in a specific Euro nymphing rod and what will it give me that my current rod does not?

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Winter fishing tips from an award-winning guide, with Chip Swanson

    Winter fishing tips from an award-winning guide, with Chip Swanson

    This week, since we have not had any hard-core fishing podcasts in awhile, I thought I would give you all some tips on winter fly fishing with Chip Swanson [40:09] of Breckenridge Outfitters in Colorado. Chip won the Orvis-Endorsed Freshwater Guide of the Year in 2019 for good reason. He's fun, patient, superbly knowledgeable, and a terrific teacher. He also does a lot of fishing and guiding throughout the winter, no matter what the weather. He has some great tips on staying warm, techniques to use, and what conditions are best for winter fly fishing.
    In the Fly Box this week, we have some especially helpful tips from listeners as well as some questions that will be helpful to many fly fishers, including:
    Is using a scented fly for sturgeon not fly fishing? And do you have any tips for catching these giants on a fly rod?
    I am having trouble casting a double nymph rig plus split shot and an indicator. What casting advice do you have?
    When is water too cold to try a dry dropper rig?
    Some good advice from a listener on kneeling instead of sitting in a canoe for easier casting
    A fly shop owner told me not to fish a local river because the flows were too low. Why is this bad in the winter when oxygen levels are higher?
    How can I use online product reviews to inform my tackle purchases?
    Which ones are the most reliable? What should I look for in a pedestal for my vise?
    What are Tom's top 10 fly tying materials for fresh and salt water? What is Tom tying right now?
    Great advice from a listener on kayak fishing and first aid kits for fishing trips
    How long will it take my local river to recover after severe wildfires last year?
    What can I use to hold those tippet scraps I want to dispose of?

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Clean Water Act, with Tom Kiernan of American Rivers

    The Clean Water Act, with Tom Kiernan of American Rivers

    This week, my guest is Tom Kiernan [38:50], President and CEO of American Rivers, an organization Orvis supports and endorses highly for the world-class work they do to protect our rivers. I wanted to explore the ins and outs of the Clean Water Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation of the 20th century. I think it's important that anyone who enjoys time on the water understands just what it has done for us, and what it can do in the future.
    In the Fly Box this week, as usual we have some thought-provoking questions, including:
    What kind of personal watercraft do you recommend for lakes and slow-moving rivers?
    Is the abdomen of a natural insect the only important thing to imitate?
    What do you prefer when fishing, a rain jacket or a wading jacket?
    If I can't use weighted flies because of regulations, how can I sink my nymph?
    What's the difference between a nail knot and a loop-to-loop connection?
    Is there a time when one is better than another?
    How do I keep the bodies on my big foam flies from twisting around the hook?
    What do you do with your rod when landing a fish?
    What is a Bimini twist used for?
    When do you know that a fish is too much for the rod you are using?
    A great tip from a listener on how to teach kids to tie flies without using a sharp hook.
    If there are people swimming in a small mountain brook, how far away will the fish be spooked?

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Are mayflies in trouble? with Robert O'Harrow

    Are mayflies in trouble? with Robert O'Harrow

    This week my guest is award-winning investigative journalist Robert O'Harrow [44:45], who has been with the Washington Post for over 30 years. Last fall he wrote an extensive article on the threats to mayfly populations worldwide and is continuing to research this issue, so I thought it would be interesting to share his findings. Bob is also a lifelong fly fisher who admits he didn't know a lot about the plight of mayflies in the past, so he gives us a great perspective.
    In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and phone calls, including:
    What is a good net for wade fishing when pursuing multiple species?
    I recently caught a bunch of large trout in a river but no small ones. Where do the small ones go?
    Can a "working fly box" apply to non-competition anglers as well?
    What does Tim Flagler use to cut his thread on his videos?
    I am a beginning fly fisher and the trout in the larger rivers in my area are difficult to catch. Should I first concentrate on small streams, ponds, or reservoirs?
    What is the best way to give a fish line when it's running without giving it too much slack?
    Is it a good idea to put UV resin over my nail knots?
    How do you determine how deep the water is so you can set the indicator at 1 ½ times the water depth?
    I keep getting crowded by other anglers on Colorado rivers. Should I try to educate them?
    I lost a big fish by following it downstream.
    My buddy says I should have stood my ground and not followed the fish. What do you think?
    Do you think it's a bad idea to use beard trimmings in my dubbing to imitate hare's ear?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Tips on landing and netting fish, with Jesse Haller

    Tips on landing and netting fish, with Jesse Haller

    This week, my guest is Orvis product developer Jesse Haller [43:48], who besides being responsible for products like nets, wading shoes, and fishing packs and vests spent many years as a fishing guide. Jesse discusses how to pick the right net, some cool tips and carrying a net, how to plan your netting before you get a fish close to you, how to get the fish in the net with a minimum of fuss—and some great tips on releasing the fish you've caught.
    In the Fly Box this week, we have some fascinating questions and some helpful tips from listeners, including:
    Do you think it's a good idea to blacken your tippet close to the fly with a sharpie?
    What conditions decide whether you should fish a large or a small streamer for bass?
    A listener has a conundrum about booking a guide who used to work for another outfitter.
    Some great tips from a listener about safety when bluelining in the Smokies.
    What advice do you have for fishing out of a canoe? I have trouble finding trout in larger rivers, coming from a small stream background. What should I do?
    Where can I find trout in winter?
    What should I do about families with kids throwing rocks in the water when I am fishing?
    How can I fish small midge emergers just under the surface?
    During a heavy hatch, is it better to look for an individual fish or prospect a likely seam or run?
    A great tip on a device for letting people know where you are when fishing the back country.
    If I am running multiple midge nymphs, should I use a light or heavy tippet?
    What is the best beginner outfit for saltwater fly fishing?

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Tips for blue lining, with Ian Rutter

    Tips for blue lining, with Ian Rutter

    Ian Rutter [43:06] is a long-time guide in the Smokies and one of our top field testers. He specializes in small mountain creeks (as well as their local tailwaters) and because I have had numerous requests for a podcast on "Blue-lining" I wanted to get him on to get the views from someone who does this in the heart of wild mountain brook trout country. For those of you who don't know the term, blue-lining refers to looking for new small trout water on a map and then exploring it to see what it holds. It's part hiking, part fioshing, and part discovery.
    In the Fly Box this week, we have lots of tackle questions, some good tips from listeners, and some other technique related questions.
    I was gifted a Helios 3 906F. What reel do you recommend for it?
    I have a 7 ½ foot rod for panfish, a 4-weight for trout, and an 8-weight for steelhead and stripers. I want to fish streamers, redfish, and corbina. Should I get a 6-weight for that?
    I have a Recon 10 foot 4-weight and a Blackout 11 foot 3-weight for Euro nymphing. What rod would you recommend for a standard trout rod for bigger rivers?
    Can I catch smallmouth bass in stained water with trout techniques like big dries or a dry-dropper rig?
    I have the opportunity to make my own bamboo rod. What length and line size do you recommend for small to medium0sized rivers? I listened to your podcast recommending a touch of parrafin on loose ferrules and thought I would do it later. On my next trip I broke my rod because of a loose ferrule and realized I should not have put it off. I see all these videos of people sight-fishing for trout but I almost never see them in the water myself. Should I practice spotting trout or is there something else I should do?
    After reading the book Lords of the Fly by Monte Burke I decided I never want to fish for tarpon. And what do you think of guides who "discover" a spot and then claim it as their own and push other people out?
    What is Tom's most memorable worst day of fishing?
    What tips and tricks does Tom keep secret and not share with us?
    Where does Orvis get its products. I know you make some of your rods but where does other tackle come from?

    • 1 hr 24 min

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