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!
Beavers and Trout, with Ben Goldfarb
You may wonder why I’ve done a podcast about beavers. You may be greatly surprised by the beneficial interactions between beavers and trout habitat—I know I was after talking to Ben Goldfarb author of the book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, [43:26]. Beavers have a much more positive effect on trout streams besides just making deep pools, and they don’t present any problems to migrating fish. And, yes, we do talk about how to fish a beaver pond, and how to find a good one. I think all fly fishers and nature enthusiasts will learn something new in this podcast.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting comments, questions, and tips, including:
The state stocks big rainbows in my wild brook trout stream. What are your thoughts on this issue?
I saw large trout jumping out of the water during a caddis hatch and could not catch any. What do you think they were doing?
What are the advantages of a double-taper over a weight-forward fly line?
A great story about how an injury caused a fly fisher to re-think priorities What size leader butt should I put on my saltwater lines?
And should I use the permanent loop in my fly line for big fish like tarpon?
How have Vermont trout streams fared after hurricane Irene?
If I pinch the barbs on my flies with forceps, am I legal in places that specify “barbless hooks only”?
A comment from a listener on how a generic description like “fly fisher” is also inclusive of people who identify as non-binary
A comment from a listener who believes that encouraging women to fly fish will cause our rivers to become too crowded.
A story from a listener who cautions us to be careful about sinkholes along the banks of trout streams.
A great tip for practicing your cast before a big trip.
What can I do to keep my large dry flies from twisting my leader?
The other pleasures of fly fishing, with Dylan Tomine
I’ve been asked to touch more on the spirituality of fly fishing in my podcasts, and honestly I’m not very good at that. So I asked a thoughtful friend and author, Dylan Tomine [32:54], to touch on these aspects of fly fishing. I don’t think we got very spiritual, but we do ramble on about the other aspects of fly fishing we enjoy besides catching fish, casting, and tying flies. It’s mostly about the people.
In the Fly Box this week, I had some great questions, including:
I am going backpacking and want to travel light but fish some streamers in the middle of the day. What should I take for lines?
Will my 6-weight Helios rod be too heavy for fishing Slough Creek in Yellowstone Park?
How do you decide when to give up when fishing a small stream?
For fishing the banks of small ponds, will my 6-weight Pro line be OK or should I try a Bank Shot line for roll casting?
Can I use straight level fluorocarbon for a leader for lake trout and small mouth bass?
My polarized sunglasses don’t work well for spotting trout. Are all polarized sunglasses equal in terms of seeing fish?
What line should I use on my 9-foot, 8-weight Encounter rod when fishing 10 to 15 feet of water?
What do you do when switching from nymph fishing to fishing a hatch? What about furled leaders?
I keep losing large rainbow trout when they jump. I am indicator nymphing. Am I doing something wrong?
Fishing stillwaters from shore, with Thomas Larson
This week, my guest is Thomas Larsen [45:47] from the Orvis Outfitters team. Thomas is a stillwater expert and gives us some great tips on how to find trout, and how to target them, when you don’t have the benefit of a watercraft. Maybe you don’t have a boat, can’t afford a raft, or backpack to high mountain lakes—this podcast is for you.
In the Fly Box this week, lots of good comments and questions as I have been gone for a couple weeks so the mailbox is filling up.
Thanks from a listener to turning him onto the Griffith’s Gnat dry fly
Euro nymphing seems just too efficient for me.
Am I being irrational by fishing less effective indicator rig?
A customer relates a great trip he had with Orvis-endorsed Brown Trout Flyfishing
What are the five or six “must have” items (after getting a fly rod outfit) you suggest for someone new to fly fishing?
Please give me five or six recommended flies for starting out.
I had a snapping turtle eat a trout as I was landing it.
What effect do catch and release fishing efforts have on fish populations?
For fishing the beach and canals and creeks in Florida or the Carolinas, what is the best all-around fly line?
I want to tie my own leaders. What sizes of tippet do I need? And can I tie my entire leader with surgeon’s knots?
Is a wire shock leader too much for lake trout? And what flies should I use?
How long does it take trout to recover after a spell of warm water?
If I can only catch trout on Rapalas and crankbaits but not on flies, what other types of flies should I try?
Great advice from a beginner on how much he learned about fish behavior by fishing dry flies
If fish can always see tippet, why is there a difference in effectiveness between tippet sizes?
What should I do if my fly line is cracked?
What is the difference between a standard clinch knot and improved clinch knot?
Why, when I catch multiple fish out of the same run, is the third or fourth fish often bigger than the first ones?
A guide attached my leader to my fly line loop with a clinch knot and the coating on the loop cracked. Should I cut off the loop and put my leader on with a nail knot?
Modifying Flies, with Tim Cammisa
This week, my guest is author, You Tube personality, and author Tim Cammisa [34:00]. We have a spirited discussion on fly patterns—which of the most common ones are untouchable, and which do we modify with different materials and techniques. And are they even the same fly if we modify them?
In the Fly Box, we have some great questions this week, including:
For streamer fishing for smallmouths, should I use my existing 6 weight or should I get a 7-weight rod?
Is the 10-foot 3-weight Euro nymphing rod the same as a 10-foot crappie jigging rod? If not how is it different? And is Euro nymphing really fly fishing?
Where do you use split shot and where do you use tungsten putty? Or is it purely personal preference?
I have been tying clinch knots by pulling on the tag end and it seems to be very strong. Do you think I am doing it the wrong way?
Can I use a Duncan Loop to attach a leader directly to a fly line?
Should I use a sinking line for streamer and nymph fishing?
How can I improve the durability of Dragon Tail flies?
Do striped bass prey on trout in freshwater rivers?
If I use a Berkely Gulp on my fly rod, is it technically a fly?
I am fishing for tiger muskie from shore. What type of line do I need?
Our rivers in Tennessee have an abundance of non-toxic salamanders. Do you think trout eat them, and if so how can I develop a fly to imitate them?
Good news from the Everglades, with Steve Davis
This week, my guest is Steve Davis, chief scientists for the Everglades Foundation [49:31]. Steve gives us an update on the Everglades restoration project, which will benefit fisheries and clean water throughout Florida and not just in the Everglades. And it’s an optimistic report, which we don’t always have when we report on conservation issues. So stay tuned for some good news—for a change!
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions of interest to most fly fishers, including:
What are the pros and cons of a loop-to-loop fly line to leader connection as opposed to a nail knot?
What rod should I get for small stream trout and panfish?
I want to give back to the fly-fishing community.
What organizations should I look to?
Tell me the realities of moving from a vest to a sling pack. Are eyes really important on saltwater patterns?
With improvements in rod technology, is a new Clearwater rod better than an older TLS Power Matrix rod?
What is your opinion on tippet length if I tie my own leaders?
Do trout and carp coexist in rivers and do they push each other around? I
s fishing for hatchery trout “cheating” and will I not learn anything useful fishing for them?
What is the product life cycle of a fly rod? Can you explain the differences between the various types of glues for fly tying?
I can catch fish on nymphs without an indicator, but I am having trouble when using one. What should I do differently?
I know fly lines are made to industry standards. Do the same standards exist for fly rods?
The Seven Deadly Sins of Nymph Fishing, with Josh Nugent
Josh Nugent of Out Fly Fishing in Calgary has been doing a series of “Seven Deadly Sins” podcasts with me over the past couple of years and this one is chock full of great advice [38:38]. Josh is a very preceptive angler and thinks deeply about how flies behave in the water and how trout react to them, and in the interview we go off on a number of tangents—all interesting and all about nymph fishing—and all of them with great advice on how to make your indicator nymphing game more fun and productive.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great tips and questions from listeners, including:
A terrific tip on why tying tube flies is a great way to get kids started
What kind of other storage systems does Tom use around his roll-top desk?
Where can I learn more about fly fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass?
What do you suggest for preventing cutoffs by chain pickerel?
Can I use sitka or axis deer, antelope, or goat hair for fly tying?
A great tip on replacing wing cases on smaller nymphs with a drop of UV cure resin Should I use my leader straightener?
Can I do longline French/Spanish nymphing with a two-handed rod?
How can I locate pinhole leaks ion my waders?
How do older series of rods compare to the modern ones? What is better about the more recent models?
I know your higher-end rods are made in Vermont, but where do the components come from?
Why do Americans shoot and kill birds?
What is a good two-line rotation for streamer fishing in Michigan? I
kept my fiberglass rod in a hot car and now I notice it has a kink in it. Could the hot car have been the reason?
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Tom is expert — he’s broad and deep in his field; educational — he’s reduced fly fishing down to key principles and points that he preaches consistently across a variety of platforms, from podcasts to books to videos, imparting these principles while continually pointing out there are no absolutes; and finally, he’s an enthusiastic cheerleader for protecting the planet, for which our fresh and salt water natural resources are a critical part. And he doesn’t take himself too seriously by the way.
Great resource and fun
So grateful for this well produced and informative show. Fun to listen to as well. Thank you!
Great info. Drop the politics please..
On the very first episode I sampled the host Tom repeatedly scolded his guest for using the word “fisherman” as to not offend anyone.
Please grow up and realize that the world is not that fragile.
Nobody with any real interest in the sport is going to dissuaded by a harmless word.
As a scientist who often fishes with my husband, we shared a laugh at the idea of trying to pursue our quarry without knowledge of separate behavior in fish as it pertains to their sex…
Aside from that odd introduction there is a lot of good info..