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Dave from the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Blog interviews the biggest names in fly fishing and fly tying today. He digs out all of the best fly fishing tips and tricks to help you understand how to choose the right gear, find fish, present the fly, discover new patterns and much more. Find out about new rods, lines, techniques, knots, tying tools and unheard of tips along with great stories about life and the times of some of the most knowledgeable guides, shop owners, and fisherman from around the world. Season 1 covers all things steelhead fishing. Better understand topics like spey casting, nymphing vs. swinging flies, intruders, finding fish, conservation and finding new waters. Come join us for the current season and share the stories and great memories told by amazing people.

Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast Dave Stewart

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Dave from the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Blog interviews the biggest names in fly fishing and fly tying today. He digs out all of the best fly fishing tips and tricks to help you understand how to choose the right gear, find fish, present the fly, discover new patterns and much more. Find out about new rods, lines, techniques, knots, tying tools and unheard of tips along with great stories about life and the times of some of the most knowledgeable guides, shop owners, and fisherman from around the world. Season 1 covers all things steelhead fishing. Better understand topics like spey casting, nymphing vs. swinging flies, intruders, finding fish, conservation and finding new waters. Come join us for the current season and share the stories and great memories told by amazing people.

    Virginia Fly Fishing Destinations with Christian Miles + Smallmouth Bass Tips and Tricks

    Virginia Fly Fishing Destinations with Christian Miles + Smallmouth Bass Tips and Tricks

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/351
    Presented By: FishHound Expeditions, Angler's Coffee, LakeLady Custom Rods, Bearvault
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Christian Miles takes us into Virginia today as we talk about some of the great waters and flies that have come out of this historic part of the country.
    We find out when you should be planning your next fishing trip and some of the special species that you may not have been thinking about that Virginia offers.
    Christian tells us who his fly-tying hero is and he breaks down his Top 10 Must-have Fly Patterns!
    We got another trivia question in this one! Check it out to find out!

    Fly Fishing Virginia Show Notes with Christian Miles
    08:45 - Christian used to work in a fly shop, Big Lick Fly Fishing. Roanoke Virginia used to be Big Lick Virginia
    11:20 - James Edward Burrows directed the TV show back in the day, Cheers - he also directed the popular show, Friends
    16:00 - For summertime, the lakes are great for bass fishing - Smith Mountain Lake (for largemouth) and Clayton Lake (for smallmouth). Christian uses one of those Caddis inner tubes.
    20:20 - Christian recently started fishing in Lake Moomaw - he learned about this lake from Blane Chocklett. You can find some chain pickel fish in this lake and a lot of different species.
    24:45 - Mossy Creek is a popular fly fishing area in Virginia - there's a fly shop in Harrisonburg near that creek called, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing. Fishing in Mossy Creek is all bank fishing, you can't wade in there.
    26:30 - Tom Sadler from Mossy Creek Fly Fishing was on the podcast at WFS 098
    28:15 - The wintertime is their main trout season
    29:30 - New River is right next to Radford - it flows north, runs through Radford, through Harrisburg, and all the way to West Virginia. New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world as well as the James River.
    32:30 - They have Fly Fishing and Wine Festival in Virginia
    32:45 - The South Fork of the Holston is where the biggest brown trout was caught in Virginia
    34:30 - Harry Murray was on the podcast in episode 290 where we talked about fishing in the Shenandoah National Park
    36:00 - Christian tells us about Tommy Matiolli who's a really good fly tyer. Christian's favorite fly fisherman is Chuck Craft - he was Chris's fly fishing hero
    38:15 - Chuck Kraft sells these cork bugs that work great for smallmouth
    40:20 - We talk about fishing the Chesapeake Bay
    41:15 - For saltwater, a lot of people fish stripers in VA. We had an episode about stripers with Hogan Brown at WFS 284
    44:00 - We talk about the Jackson River which is a really good brown trout fishery
    45:30 - The Smith River is really good during the winter. Christian loves this one.
    48:30 - Christian has been wanting to fish the Roanoke bass which has disappeared in the past 10-20 years
    50:00 - Christian focus on carp fishing during the spring and summer
    51:30 - Christian lives in Roanoke town and his home water is the Roanoke River
    1:01:20 - Trivia question: What is the only native trout species to the state of Virginia?
    1:02:40 - Fly Fisher's Guide to Virginia was written by David Hart. This book has all the rivers and different places to fish for in VA.
    1:03:30 - Christian mentions his top 10 Must-have Fly Patterns - scroll down to see the list
    1:14:20 - We talk about Project Healing Water
    1:19:45 - Christian recommends the Get Bent IPA beer, Three Knotch'd, Deschutes, Sculpin IPA. Three Floyds, Old Salem Brewing, Big Lick Brewing
    1:22:30 - Christian gives shoutout to Mossy Creek Fly Fishing crew and Project Healing Water
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/351

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Semperfli Synthetic Fly Tying Materials with Ann and Andy Kitchener

    Semperfli Synthetic Fly Tying Materials with Ann and Andy Kitchener

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/350
    Presented By: Jackson Hole Fly Company, Stonefly Nets, LakeLady Custom Rods, Bearvault
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    We go behind the scenes with Ann and Andy Kitchener, owners and founders of Semperfli, to learn how they created some of the best fly tying materials on the market today.
    We hear what it's like to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022 - the ultimate and most prestigious award given nationally to a business, and meet Prince Charles.
    We break down some of their most in-demand products around the world and find out how fly tyers make it to the Semperfli Pro Team.

    Semperfli Show Notes with Ann & Andy
    03:30 - Ann and Andy semi-retired 14 years ago. As they were getting into fly fishing and fly tying, they realized that most threads on the market at the time were easy to split so they decided to make better threads
    05:30 - They grew 44% a year since they started and then 3 years ago, they launched their Classic Waxed Thread
    06:40 - Now they supply threads to 56 different countries around the world
    07:15 - The Nano Silk GSP is their most in-demand product
    09:00 - Andy tells us how they created one of the strongest threads on the market
    09:55 - GlobalFlyFisher.com is a great resource for fly fishing and fly tying blogs - Martin Joergensen was on the podcast at WFS 099
    12:50 - They have some artificial jungle cock
    13:05 - One of their oldest products, Straggle String, is a great alternative for Peacock Herl
    14:40 - They also got Synthetic Rabbit Zonkers "Wabbit" - There's a video of Roy Ole Læhren Jakobsen testing the Semperfli Synthetic Zonkers. Scroll down to see that vid!
    20:00 - Splitting a thread is useful for dubbing loops. Their waxed thread is designed for splitting.
    21:00 - Their Kapok Dubbing supports 30x its own weight in the water - it's one of their top-selling materials today
    23:00 - Their Dirty Bug Yarn was developed 3 years ago
    25:00 - Andy tells us what materials to get started with if you're a beginner coming in to fly tying
    27:00 - Tim Cammisa was on a while back - he's an Ambassador of Semperfli in the US
    28:10 - Hackle and CDC are materials that are difficult to make synthetic
    30:00 - Andy talks about the "cytis" being endangered around the world so its feathers are illegal to use for fly tying - people get arrested for its use
    34:55 -Andy is known in the business as the "naughty professor" - he does a ton of research and experiments to come up with the best possible fly-tying materials
    36:45 - They've got 80 strong Pro Team around the world - they have an event called Fly Jam which is like Christmas for the team because they get a box full of materials from Semperfli
    40:00 - Ann tells us how fly tiers make it to the Semperfli Pro Team - you can email them, show them your portfolio, and let them know why you are a great fit for the Semperfli family
    43:20 - Son Tao is a very talented fly tier
    46:40 - We talk about their lead-free wires
    49:35 - Their Straggle Legs serve as synthetic insect legs
    51:00 - One of the notable mentions is their Perfect Quills
    54:25 - Semperfli recently received the Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022 - the ultimate and most prestigious award given nationally to a business.
    58:00 - We hear about their experience entering Buckingham Palace, meeting Prince Charles
    1:02:00 - Ann and Andy share some business tips bag
    1:11:30 - Bill Oyster was on the podcast recently - a very passionate bamboo fly rod maker
    1:15:30 - Ann and Andy share some bonus marriage tips
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/350

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Camp n Car with Steve Moore - Bunk Trunk, Van Life, Camping

    Camp n Car with Steve Moore - Bunk Trunk, Van Life, Camping

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/349
    Presented By: Stonefly Nets, Bearvault
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Steve Moore from Camp n Car is here to show us how to turn your vehicle into a camping machine.
    We discover how you can actually turn almost any vehicle into a camper, what the van life world is all about, and how to organize your gear for your next fishing, camping, or outdoor excursion.
    From Honda Element to Honda Fit to SUVs and vans to Promasters, CNC build these custom campers and make lovely homes out of them. 
    Seems impossible? Listen to this episode to find out how!

    Camp n Car Show Notes with Steve Moore
    02:20 - In his late 20s, Steve quit his job and bought a Honda Element and converted it to a mobile camper - he drove to Alaska with it and lived out of it for 6 months
    04:00 - Someone gave them an idea about selling these campers so he and his partner, Martin Nerbovig decided to do it
    05:00 - They specialize in DIY assembly, flat packable camper builds that you can use in a variety of vehicles
    07:15 - Steve tells us how a Honda Element turns into a camper
    09:30 - They've also got Trunk Bunk that fits perfect for a wide variety of SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks
    10:20 - They did a custom kit for a Honda Fit recently
    11:55 - They had a custom Dodge Van camper at one of the shows
    24:00 - Weight is a concern for vehicles since they have a certain capacity for safety and gas in general so that's why they use plywood for the interior to keep it light
    36:30 - Bob Wells is one of those Youtube van life celebrities (CheapRVliving) - Camp n Car works with them
    41:45 - You can donate to Bob's nonprofit org - Homes on Wheels Alliance
    44:45 - The Facebook marketplace is the best place to find a good deal if you want to purchase used vehicles
    49:45 - Steve tells us about the Australian guys he met who turned a van into a solar-powered vehicle
    50:45 - Steve shares what's coming up for Camp n Cars - they bought their first 2022 Promaster van to work on. These kits will be available on the market soon.
    53:30 - Steve bought a Toyota Tacoma recently for a fairly good price
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/349

    • 1 hr
    Fly Fishing Stillwaters & Euro Nymphing with Norman Maktima - High Desert Angler

    Fly Fishing Stillwaters & Euro Nymphing with Norman Maktima - High Desert Angler

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/348
    Presented By: Bearvault, LakeLady Custom Rods, Reyr Gear, Zoe Angling Group
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Norman Maktima, competitive angler from Team USA, shares a number of tips on fly fishing stillwaters, euro nymphing, and casting.
    Norman tells us how he fished his way up from the Youth Team to representing Team USA in international competitions.
    We discover how to analyze a lake before getting started, how the loch style can be more effective, and also how to fish buggers and leeches.
    He also shares a little about his Native American roots which is pretty interesting.

    Fly Fishing Stillwaters Show Notes with Norman Maktima
    04:26 - Norman currently lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico - he grew up in a town called Pecos
    05:30 - Devin Olsen and Lance Egan were here at WFS 043 and WFS 108
    05:30 - Norman started on the USA youth team (1998)
    07:15 - Norman listened to one of our recent episodes with Taylor Streit. They were on the same team in 1998. Davie Watton was their assistant coach. They finished 2nd but Norman won the individual gold.
    09:45 - Norman became the assistant coach for the youth team in 1999. From there he was asked to compete with the adult team. In 2001, he competed with the adult team for the first time in Slovakia
    12:30 - Shoutout to Zach Vandehey - he co-hosted an episode at WFS 212
    15:30 - Tip: Look for those high points - ridge lines that create a nice underwater point.
    17:10 - They did all their National competitions on stillwater - Lava Lake, Crane Perry
    23:40 - Pop's Bugger and Humongous are Norman's go-to flies
    30:30 - Norman breaks down his competition setup - they fish 6, 7, or 8 wt, 10-foot rods. They're not allowed to stand on the boat.
    31:00 - Norman talks about his pull and retrieve techniques
    39:20 - He's got 12 extra spools. Airflo is one of his favorite fly lines.
    41:45 - He explains why their boats should move perpendicular to the wind
    46:00 - Drift sock prevents you from struggling to keep contact with your flies as you're retrieving
    50:30 - Tip: On the boat, take a towel and get it damped - lay it down like a casting platform to have a clean surface to cast
    51:10 - Tip: Keep your head on the swivel - always look around
    58:55 - We mentioned some good resources for fly fishing stillwaters like Phil Rowley and Brian Chan's book
    59:50 - Lance Egan and the Fly Fish Food crew are great resources for video tying tutorials
    1:02:00 - Norman's favorite pattern is the Humungous (size 10 hook). Enter your Top Fly here and get a chance to win a box of flies from JH Fly Co
    1:07:50 - Norman came from the indigenous people in the South West
    1:10:50 - We had Matt Shilling from Indifly recently on the podcast. Norman mentioned the film by Patagonia called, Tribal Waters - watch that film below 👇🏻👇🏻
    1:15:30 - Supaman HipHop also came from a Native American culture - a great influence on his music
    1:16:50 - Norman shares a bunch of tips on Euro nymphing, casting, and leader setup
    1:21:00 - You can get one of Norman's original flies at Umpqua Feather Merchants - HDA Fav Variant
    1:22:00 - We hear a tip on keeping the distance between your flies, dropper and point fly
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/348

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Streamers for Trout with Tommy Lynch - Brown Trout, Drunk and Disorderly, Pere Marquette

    Streamers for Trout with Tommy Lynch - Brown Trout, Drunk and Disorderly, Pere Marquette

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/347
    Presented By: Bearvault, Stonefly Nets, Togens Fly Shop, Dette Flies
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Tommy Lynch, the fish whisperer and one of the gurus of the streamer game, brings his A-game today.
    We discover why the baro above all variables seems to be one of the important things that he looks at - how to read water and where to put your fly. We also find out the difference in technique between fishing in clean and muddy waters.
    Ever since Kelly Galloup gave a shout-out to Tommy in episode 52, I've been counting the days to make this episode happen. Now the time has come.
    This is definitely going to scratch your itch for technical fly fishing. Lots of tips and tricks here. 

    Show Notes with Tommy Lynch
    08:10 - Tommy lives between Baldwin and Lexington Michigan in a town called Branch - there are about 100 trout streams within 100 miles of where he lives
    09:40 - Steelhead in the Fall is pretty strong where
    11:10 - Tommy describes how mousing under a full moon is like
    13:00 - We talk about his original fly pattern, the Drunk & Disorderly
    20:20 - Tommy talks about the "small water big fly streamers stuff" that he's been doing in the last 6 years
    22:00 - Black flies work better on muddy waters and olive work great on clear waters
    28:00 - Tommy uses Airflo lines
    29:00 - Tommy states that "euro nymphing is a deadly terribly productive way to catch a fish on a fly and a poor way to learn how to fly fish" and he explains why
    51:00 - Putting eyes on flies makes the trout want to bite the fly head first
    57:15 - Tommy fished with Sex Dungeon a lot - a Kelly Galloup pattern. He used started with Stripped Leeches and Zoo Cougar for articulated flies
    1:12:10 - He loves to taper down his leader
    1:15:05 - For tippet, he uses 0-X when fishing the drunk
    1:16:54 - Tommy is a Sage man through and through
    1:29:00 - Tommy talks about how people make it to the black list
    1:33:25 - The key to a successful day on the water is.. "bring some faith"
    1:37:22 - Tommy describes the difference between a fisherman and an angler
    1:44:30 - FullingMill.com is where you can get Tommy's flies

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/347

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Fly Fishing Gear for Alaska with FishHound Expeditions - Ask a Pro, Rainbow Trout, Salmon

    Fly Fishing Gear for Alaska with FishHound Expeditions - Ask a Pro, Rainbow Trout, Salmon

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/346
    More on FishHound: https://wetflyswing.com/fishhound
    Adam Cuthriell from FishHound Expeditions takes us on a remote Alaskan Wilderness float trip. We break down the recommended fly fishing gear for Alaska trip and all that you need to prepare for - from the best flies to the best fly rod to the best clothing to get you ready for that trip of a lifetime and make your experience 10 out of 10.
    Find out what a rainbow hitting a mice sounds like in this episode and how you can put together your own remote Alaskan trip.
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/346

    • 30 min

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