40 episodes

WAYPOINTS is a high-energy, entertaining podcast for those that fish...and those that travel to fish. Destination discussions, travel news, location profiles, equipment recommendations, adventure stories, insider tips and interviews with the most accomplished and interesting names in adventure travel.

WAYPOINTS - with Jim Klug Jim Klug

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

WAYPOINTS is a high-energy, entertaining podcast for those that fish...and those that travel to fish. Destination discussions, travel news, location profiles, equipment recommendations, adventure stories, insider tips and interviews with the most accomplished and interesting names in adventure travel.

    Episode 39 - Top Travel Tips For Packing, Planning and Perfecting Your Destination Angling Trip: Insider Information for Traveling With Rods, Reels, Flies and More

    Episode 39 - Top Travel Tips For Packing, Planning and Perfecting Your Destination Angling Trip: Insider Information for Traveling With Rods, Reels, Flies and More

    This is the podcast episode that so many of our listeners have been asking for! Host Jim Klug and career guide and travel expert Alec Gerbec go deep on the subjects of what to bring on a destination adventure, HOW to pack, and how to travel problem-free with fishing equipment. We know that luggage regulations and protocols can vary by country, and even by the airline, and oftentimes the rules are confusing. On top of that, airline personnel and security screeners can interpret and ENFORCE rules on an arbitrary basis – something that can have a huge impact when attempting to carry-on gear and equipment. We’ve dedicated this episode to the topic of traveling the right way with gear and fishing equipment, with the goal being easy, pain-free travel and success on the water once you reach your destination. Grab a notebook and pen and prepare to take notes on one of the most helpful and insightful episodes of all time.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 38 - KRISTEN MUSTAD: Reel Design, Technology, and Innovation for the Traveling Angler

    Episode 38 - KRISTEN MUSTAD: Reel Design, Technology, and Innovation for the Traveling Angler

    Kristen Mustad is the founder and owner of Nautilus Reels, a Florida-based company that strives to make the “world’s best fly reel.” Fly reels are obviously an integral part of any angler’s kit, and they play an incredibly important role when it comes to success in destination angling – especially when chasing large, strong, or exotic fish that demand the most from our gear and equipment. In this episode of Waypoints, host Jim Klug sits down with Kristen to talk reel design, the importance of finding the right reels for the traveling angler, what to look for when buying a reel, different drag materials and technologies, the pros and cons of different types of backing,  and his perspective on the “next big thing” for fly reel design and innovation. Kristen also weighs in on the importance of specialty fly shops and retailers for the fly fishing industry and discusses Nautilus’ visit to the White House in 2020.

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    - Discover your next fly fishing adventure by going to the Yellow Dog website

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 37 - JESSE COLTEN: The Xcalak Episodes - Part Two of Two

    Episode 37 - JESSE COLTEN: The Xcalak Episodes - Part Two of Two

    The second episode of the two-part sit-down with the owner of XFlats Lodge, Jesse Colton.
    In part one, Jesse and Waypoints host Jim Klug discussed the southern Yucatan fisheries of Xcalak and Chetumal Bay, the challenges of owning a saltwater lodge, Jesse’s personal obsession with permit, and how to build a career in the fly fishing industry. In part two, we focus on the specific subject of Xcalak permit fishing, and Jesse goes deep on his own angling philosophies, opinions, and permit fishing techniques. The episode then wraps up with short interviews with a number of on-location XFlats guests as they finish a week at the lodge: sharing their perspective on the fishery, what worked well for their week, and discussing some of their general take-aways.

    - View all podcast episodes by going to the WAYPOINTS podcast page
    - Discover your next fly fishing adventure by going to the Yellow Dog website

    • 59 min
    Episode 36 - JESSE COLTEN: The Xcalak Episodes - Part One of Two

    Episode 36 - JESSE COLTEN: The Xcalak Episodes - Part One of Two

    A sit-down with the owner of XFlats Lodge, Jesse Colton, to discuss the southern Yucatan fisheries of Xcalak and Chetumal Bay, the challenges of owning a saltwater lodge, his personal obsession with permit, and how to build a career in the fly fishing industry.
    If you’ve recently picked up a fishing magazine or are active on fly fishing social media, you’ve probably seen Jesse Colton in ads and materials for Howler Brothers, Bajio Sunglasses, and of course his own business venture, XFlats Lodge. Jesse is a career fly fishing guide from the Rockies who originally got his start in Colorado’s Vail Valley. After falling in love with both the flats fishing and the culture of Xcalak – a small fishing village in the far southern reaches of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – he purchased an existing hotel and opened XFlats Lodge, an operation that has very quickly gained a reputation as one of the hottest and most productive permit destinations in the Caribbean. For this first episode of a two-part series, we recorded on-location at XFlats Lodge, where we had the chance to sit down with Jesse to talk about his history, what it’s like to run a lodge in the Caribbean, who should visit the Xcalak fishery, and what the area has to offer for anglers. We also discuss the history of the community, his connection to the village and the people of Xcalak, and why the fishery has become so well known in permit fishing circles.

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    - Discover your next fly fishing adventure by going to the Yellow Dog website

    • 48 min
    Episode 35 - JOHN HUDGENS: How to Up Your Game and Improve Your On-Water Skills For Destination Angling

    Episode 35 - JOHN HUDGENS: How to Up Your Game and Improve Your On-Water Skills For Destination Angling

    No matter how long we’ve been fishing or how much we think we know, the fact is, we can always up our game and improve our on-water skills! When it comes to chasing fish (especially on new or distant waters) the learning and improvement never ends. For most anglers – who only have a week or two a year to commit to a destination fishing trip – every opportunity matters, which is why we all want to be “in the game” from the first moment of a trip. To discuss the importance of this – and to identify some concrete ways that anglers can truly improve their overall angling skills and prepare for every day of a fishing adventure – we’re talking with John Hudgens: career guide, world traveler, and the founder of the “Angler’s Academy” fly fishing schools. John founded The Angler’s Academy to create an opportunity for all anglers to tap into the knowledge and experience of some of the most accomplished and talented instructors in the fly fishing industry, and in this episode of Waypoints, we discuss how to become a better fisherman and find more fun and success on the water – no matter where in the world you’re fishing.

    - View all podcast episodes by going to the WAYPOINTS podcast page
    - Discover your next fly fishing adventure by going to the Yellow Dog website

    • 42 min
    Episode 34 - SASCHA CLARK DANYLCHUK: Proper Fish Handling Techniques and the Importance of "Keeping Fish Wet"

    Episode 34 - SASCHA CLARK DANYLCHUK: Proper Fish Handling Techniques and the Importance of "Keeping Fish Wet"

    The fate of a fish upon release is primarily determined by angler behavior, which of course means that how we fight, land, handle and release fish goes a long way in determining whether or not a fish will survive. Proper fish-handling techniques and proper catch-and-release tactics are enormously important topics for fly anglers, but even when we think we’re doing things the right way, the fact is there are ways we can improve our fish-handling skills. With this episode, we talk with Sascha Clark Danylchuk, the Executive Director of the “Keep Fish Wet” project that is dedicated to helping anglers improve the outcome and survivability rate for every fish that is caught and then released. No matter how long you’ve been catching – and releasing – fish, this is episode will provide new information and a different perspective on what “catch-and-release” truly means. With a belief that recreational anglers have something to learn from fisheries scientists, and that fisheries scientists need to make their work more accessible to a broader audience of sportfishing stakeholders, Sascha has worked hard to develop a space in which everyone can better communicate in a language that is understood by all.
    - View all podcast episodes by going to the WAYPOINTS podcast page
    - Discover your next fly fishing adventure by going to the Yellow Dog website

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

JMTS13 ,

Something different every episode!

I recently discovered this podcast and am hooked. Jim does such a great job of interviewing a variety of guests. Listening is like going into a different world for each episode and experiencing it with the folks on the episode. I can’t wait for more episodes!!

noacutedistress ,

Klug is an awesome host

Klug is an awesome host! Keep up the excellent content!

Cmcdm6 ,

Feels like you’re on the water

Great stuff!!

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