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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.

    Littoral Zone #1 with Phil Rowley - Finding Fish on Stillwaters, Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

    Littoral Zone #1 with Phil Rowley - Finding Fish on Stillwaters, Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/LZ1 
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors     
    Do you know what a Littoral Zone is? Did you know it’s the most productive part of the lake? Phil Rowley takes us into stillwater fishing and explains what this new Littoral Zone Podcast is all about. He describes which is the best rod for stillwaters and why.  
    Phil gives us the step x step process to find fish in lakes. Click the button below to listen to the podcast and find out all of the answers to help you find fish on your next trip. 
    Littoral Zone Show Notes with Phil Rowley
    01:33 - Phil explains what is the perfect stillwater fly rod to use. He recommends a rod between 5 and 7-weight, preferably 9.5 or 10 feet long. A longer rod will help with roll casting on the lake.
    04:146 - We find out what is the best motor for stillwater fishing. Always use the most powerful electric motor you can find. Phil uses a 55 lbs Minn Kota motor. There is a photo of a motor below but not the exact model that Phil uses. Make sure to use a lithium battery to help with reducing weight and last much longer.
    06:03 -  Phil describes which is the best indicator color to use. He likes hot pink and hot orange for bright days.  
    07:58 - Phil talks about how to find trout in stillwaters. Trout are cruisers in lakes and may live in one part of the lake for their entire life. Lakes can be intimidating because of their size.  
    09:55 - We cover the three things you need to know to find fish: comfort, protection, food, and observation.
    10:09 - Comfort is one major factor to consider when finding fish in terms of water temperature, weather, and seasonal changes. The warmer the water gets, the less oxygen it holds. 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the key temperature for trout in lakes. Water temperature also affects the food that fish eat.  
    12:24 - Lower a thermometer with a cord into the lake to find the 50 to 65-degree prime window. 
    12:40 - Weeds also give off oxygen so there will be more fish around weeds. Tributaries to lakes can also be good places to find cool water and fish during the summer months.
    15:35 - Lakes go through seasonal changes. During the changes, it can affect where trout will be in the lake. You can find fish in shallow waters just after ice comes off when it is stratified. Different temperatures of water temperature will not mix.  
    17:31 - During the summer the lake will be mixed and fish may be in deeper waters especially as things get warmer.  
    19:08 - Wind can affect how you can find fish. Foam lines can be key places to find fish as well.  
    19:45 - The next factor is protection. These are things that give the trout confidence to come in and feed. Light, structure, vegetation, and depth are keys. Algae is one key factor.  Rippled service helps fish to find comfort.  
    22:30 - Light is a key factor. Generally, fish are in shallow water during the morning and evening and deeper during the day.  
    23:07 - Structure is another factor in finding fish. Trout like bass love structure but they don’t hold on to points. They cruise edges and ledges. Drop-offs, points of land, and other transition zones are where fish will be.
    23:58 - He discusses the three basic zones or areas of a lake. The shoreline area, shallow shoal area, and deep water zone. The shallow shoal area is the grocery store of the lake because it's influenced by light which stimulates plant growth and provides oxygen for the fish.
    27:47 - Use the land adjacent to the lake to show you what the slope of the underwater lake looks like. If the bank is at a steep angle into the lake then the slope of the river may be steep.
    29:00 - Always think about transitions. Phil spends his time around these areas and a beaver lodge could be another great area to focus on.  
    29:58 - Bathymetric maps are a key to finding fish. This is a map with a series of lines that shows the depth of the water. Google maps can work great as well.
    31:25 - Sounders are v

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Rod Building Supplies with Matt Draft at Proof Fly Fishing - Kits, Equipment and Tools

    Rod Building Supplies with Matt Draft at Proof Fly Fishing - Kits, Equipment and Tools

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/404 
    Presented By: Stonefly Nets, Mavrk, Drifthook, Range Meal Bars
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors    
    Matt Draft is back on the podcast with an update on what he has been up to and some more rod-building supplies and tips.
    We find out how Matt built his business that doesn't require any marketing. I also dig into some random questions that give us a feel for the how and why behind building a rod-building supplies business.
    Rod Building Supplies Show Notes with Matt Draft
    2:50 - We look back to our episode back in 2018 which was episode 85.
    3:37 - Matt gives an update on Proof Fly Fishing. He says they added a new video series with the title How to Restore a Bamboo Fly Rod.
    4:24 - He shares tips on restoring a bamboo rod and building one from scratch. More information on these can be found in the tutorials section on their Proof Fly Fishing website.
    6:20 - I ask him how he figured out that restoring bamboo rods is the next step he wanted to take.
    8:09 - He walks us through the steps of building your own rod. He recommends ordering or customizing a kit from their website and watching their video tutorials.
    10:15 - He breaks down the parts of building your own rod.
    12:47 - He talks about the blanks which have the largest cost among their rod-building supplies. One of his favorites is the Czech Nymph Blank.
    13:09 - He gives the two defining characteristics of a true Czech blank.
    13:33 - He talks about cork grips. He also shares some of their new stuff, the carbon fiber handles and EVA grip.
    16:28 - We talk about other products from their website. One of these is the Gorilla Glue which is an unbelievable adhesive. They have a tutorial on using Gorilla Glue as a rod finish.
    21:00 - We dig into the usual blocks that people encounter when they are just starting out in building their own rods.
    22:27 - I mention the Gink and Gasoline series where I found Matt.
    23:06 - He gives some tips for those who are looking to get an affordable bamboo rod.
    25:43 - He shares about their specialized tutorials.
    27:13 - He talks about the process of building rods.
    29:27 - He takes us back to building his company.
    32:06 - He tells his species of choice.
    32:40 - He recommends The Classic Fly Rod Forum that people can dig into to learn more about rod building.
    33:08 - I ask about his plans for the company.
    35:09 - I mention our episode with Joe Jackson on deer hair bugs.
    35:37 - He shares his gratitude to the rod-building community for being generous with information and materials when he was just starting out in the business.
    41:01 - He talks about his goal for this year.
    42:20 - He shares how he runs and promotes his business.
    45:06 - We talk about what music he listens to while building rods. He mentions the Counting Crows.
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/404 

    • 49 min
    Trout Spey Fly Fishing with Kynslee Scott - Montana, OPST Groove, Steelhead

    Trout Spey Fly Fishing with Kynslee Scott - Montana, OPST Groove, Steelhead

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/403
    Presented By: Dalton - Country Financial, Yellowstone Teton, Togens Fly Shop, Zoe Angling Group
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Kynslee Scott is here with an update for swinging flies for trout. We find out which trout Spey setup she loves out of Montana and why the Polyleader is the key for big Montana rainbows and browns. 
    She takes us to the Klickitat River and how she's been guiding there since 2015. She gives us a review of her experience in using G Loomis fly rods and OPST Skagit lines. We also break down the flies and materials selection for October Caddis in Montana.
    Show Notes with Kynslee Scott
    05:00 - In 2008, Kynslee moved to Missoula for college where she learned how to properly row a boat, guide, and progress in fly fishing.
    07:45 - Kynslee uses a 31-11 G Loomis IMX Pro along with a Commando Head OPST
    13:50 - She describes her tip setup throughout the year.
    17:30 - We talk about the October Caddis in the fall and how they fish during this season.
    20:15 - For October Caddis season, she uses a size 4 elk hair caddis.
    22:30 - She noted the 9-foot 3-wt 2-handed Micro Skagit OPST.
    30:45 - She's been guiding the Klickitat River since 2015. They have a lodge there called, Flying L Lodge that's been there since 1946. They also have Reds Fly Shop there.
    35:20 - We had Joe Rotter on from Reds Fly Shop in episode 186.
    47:45 - We just had Jeff Currier for the second time where he talked about the 440 species he caught on the fly.
    1:11:10 - Stuart Foxall was on the podcast in episode 391 where we talked about Spey and steelhead.
    1:13:00 - She talks about wanting to get a marlin on the fly again. She remembers watching her dad fighting and landing a 500-pound marlin in Hawaii.
    1:15:20 - Kynslee is an ambassador for G-Loomis rods.
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/403

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Maine Fly Fishing with Kevin McKay - Big Brook Trout, Dry Flies, On the Reel

    Maine Fly Fishing with Kevin McKay - Big Brook Trout, Dry Flies, On the Reel

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/402 
    Presented By: Range Meal Bars, Chota Outdoor Gear, Stonefly Nets, Drifthook
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors   
    Kevin McKay is here to talk about Maine fly fishing and give a tour of some of the best brook trout and smallmouth bass fishing in the country. We find out and discover how to fish the West Branch for big brook trout. We hear about which streamer you should be using if you only had one. We get a ton of resources including fly shops and other websites. We also talk about the forums that Kevin runs on his website.
    We're going to dig into all these and cover a number of species on top of brook trout. We even find out how they've been living off the grid for six years and how and why they offer free lodging in their camp on the river.
    Maine Fly Fishing Show Notes with Kevin McKay
    03:28 - Kevin tells how he got into fly fishing. The first fly rod he bought was from L.L.Bean.
    5:44 - He shares the story of his very first experience of fly fishing.
    7:02 - He shares why he started his websites MaineFlyFish.com and MaineFishingAdventures.com.
    9:21 - He feels honored to be part of the Scott Fly Rods Pro Staff.
    9:54 - He shares about his career aside from fly fishing.
    10:39 - He mentions that his photos and website are in Bob Clouser's book on smallmouth.
    12:34 - He says the two people who influenced him on fly fishing.
    13:52 - He walks us through the meticulous process of getting a guide's license in Maine.
    14:44 - I try to answer a "Lost Person" scenario which is also part of getting a guide's license.
    19:01 - I ask about the restrictions on hunting in Maine.
    19:54 - He tells that a lot of people in Maine get a guide's license as a prestige thing.
    22:29 - We dig into what he does in Maine and his place being off the grid.
    26:00 - He talks about the species he is focusing on.
    28:58 - He shares his technique for hitting a landlocked Atlantic salmon.
    32:42 - He tells the best times to fish in Maine.
    33:55 - He shares a story of their trip to a remote pond with his dad where they caught a 19-inch brook trout.
    41:15 - He tells where to go to catch some brook trout.
    42:48 - He recommends some resources for people who want to fly fish in Maine. These include his website and fly shops in Maine.
    45:42 - He talks about the main fly shops in Maine.
    48:50 - We dig into the gear to hopefully hit a brook trout.
    50:31 - I mention our episode with George Cook where he talked about chinook in Alaska.
    51:21 - I ask him about the sink tip they use. He mentions the Airflo Kelly Galloup streamer line which is his new favorite.
    53:09 - He talks about the chubs which the brook trout eat. He also shares that time when a brook trout bit his hand.
    54:25 - We dig into his fly fishing style and the techniques he teaches his clients.
    58:28 - I ask him about the best times to fish in the West Branch.
    1:00:08 - He recommends some places to stay in the West Branch area. These include the Big Eddy Cabins and Campground and the Big Moose Inn.
    1:03:51 - He talks about the brook trout in Labrador, Canada.
    1:05:15 - He gives tips on fishing in Maine.
    1:08:35 - He talks about his fly fishing podcast entitled On The Reel.
    1:13:21 - We dig into his off-the-grid.
    1:17:09 - He describes his place and his tiki bar.
    1:19:58 - He talks about their electricity consumption with living off the grid.
    1:22:25 - We do the Two-Minute Drill where I ask him about fishing for brook trout, reliable resources for fly fishing, conservation issue, and budgeting tips. Aside from his website, he recommends Maine IF&W as a resource.
    1:25:52 - I ask him about the property value in Maine.
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/402 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Our Alaska Fly Fishing Guide with Will Donnelly - FishHound Expeditions, Willie Nelson

    Our Alaska Fly Fishing Guide with Will Donnelly - FishHound Expeditions, Willie Nelson

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/401
    Presented By: FishHound Expeditions
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Will Donnelly, head guide at FishHound Expeditions, takes us into Alaska with a focus on road-tripping. We break down Alaska by car - where you should be heading, species you can chase, and some tips on flies technique. We also talk about that trip we had last year and what you can expect when you fly out to Alaska with the FishHound crew. 
    Show Notes with Will Donnelly
    04:45 - Will moved to Anchorage Alaska with his parent when he was 10 years old
    10:45 - Eligible Alaskans get Permanent Fund Dividend.
    13:30 - Will talks about fishing in Honduras.
    17:30 - Adam Cuthriell was on the podcast 3 times in episodes 324, 346, and 377.
    22:30 - The fish in Alaska are meat eaters. Mousing is the best way to catch them.
    35:00 - Will talks about how they painted a steelhead on their Astro van.
    39:30 - Will tells the story of when he caught his first steelhead on the Kenai River with the help of an otter.
    48:00 - His favorite mouse pattern is the Rio Pip Squeak. Shares a tip that almost always guarantees a hook-up.
    Photo by CaddisFlyShop.com
    1:00:30 - The Kenai and Susitna Rivers both flow into the Cook Inlet.
    1:03:20 - Will recommends his favorite fly shop in Anchorage, Mossy's Fly Shop
    1:13:20 - Will talks about fishing one of the Kodiak rivers in July.
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/401

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Mid Atlantic, Fly Fishing Festivals and PHWFF with Beau Beasley

    The Mid Atlantic, Fly Fishing Festivals and PHWFF with Beau Beasley

    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/400
    Presented By:  Country Financial, Trxstle, Togens Fly Shop, Stonefly Nets
    Sponsors: https://wetflyswing.com/sponsors
    Beau Beasley is here to take us into the mid-Atlantic Region. We find out what makes a good fly shop and why some fly shops go out of business. 
    We talk mainly about what they have going at Project Healing Waters and the new book that he's working on which has 40 powerful stories from veterans with traumatic pasts. This episode is dedicated to the veterans who had to live with their trauma and those who laid their lives to serve our beloved country.
    Show Notes with Beau Beasley
    04:00 - Beau was a retired Fairfax firefighter and paramedic.
    07:45 - We had Chuck Furimsky on the podcast in episode 292
    11:45 - Lefty Kreh once said to Beau, "There are 2 kinds of people in fly fishing. The kind of people that show their knowledge with everybody and the ones that share their knowledge."
    19:19 - The very first time that Beau entered a fly shop, he got treated very poorly when he came in with a spinning rod. That fly shop is not around anymore.
    29:23 - Beau tells the story of when he was in a fly shop and mistakenly thought that LT Cahill stands for Lieutenant Cahill. He got corrected by not feeling like an idiot.
    33:33 - Rick Pope was on the podcast in episode 158.
    34:13 - Tom Rosenbauer is one of the best-known fly anglers in the country.
    38:15 - Beau is offering something that hasn't been offered before. They've partnered with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. And they're hosting the first-ever Beyond the Cast Women's Symposium.
    43:15 - His first fly fishing book is called, Fly Fishing Virginia: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters.
    48:05 - Beau talks about being involved with Project Healing Waters for 15 years.
    51:30 - His new book will be titled, Healing Waters: Veteran Stories of Recovery in their Own Words. This book is expected to be out in March 2023.
    53:00 - We had Joe Jackson on the podcast in episode 384 who told the story of recovering from a heart attack.
    1:09:15 - Beau's new book is dedicated to Brian Mancini, who lost his life as a result of his service and the post-traumatic stress disorder that he experienced.
    1:37:00 - Visit TXFlyFishingFestival.org
    Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/400

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

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330 Ratings

MattJL93 ,

Great host!

Just started listening a week ago and have burned through a few episodes already. Great host with wonderful guests. Such a great resource for this beginning fly fisherman.

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Great variety of guests-!

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davidson0757 ,

One of the best!

Dave does a fantastic job with Wet Fly Swing. I’ve been listening for about 6 months and he has become one of my favorite interviewers. He has brought on so many great guests, storytellers & just flat out great characters. Thanks for the great listen.

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