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.
Togiak River Lodge with Zack and Jordan Larsen - Bristol Bay, Alaska Wildernes, King Salmon
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/538
Ever found yourself dreaming of the Alaskan wilderness, casting your fly into pristine waters teeming with abundant fish? Join us as we follow brothers Zach and Jordan on a thrilling journey from the early days of fishing with their dad, to becoming skilled fly fishers on the Togiak River in Alaska. They share vivid memories of their fishing journey, the allure of the Togiak River Lodge, and the unexpected twist that saw them contemplating its ownership. An adventure that is sure to stir your imagination and pull at your heartstrings.
Wrapped in the wild beauty of the Togiak River, we explore the challenging dynamics of running a family business. Jordan shares his multitude of experiences – from managing the lodge, to nurturing his newfound passion for video production. Get ready to soak up insightful tips about trust, communication, and the intricacies of managing people in a family-run business. As the narrative unfolds, the brothers find themselves navigating the complex process of possibly acquiring the lodge. Hear about their intriguing journey, filled with unexpected turns, opportunities, and valuable lessons.
Planning a trip to the Togiak Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska? We've got you covered! We dive into the vibrant fishing culture in this remote corner of the world. Discover the diverse fishing options on the Togiak River, understand the best fishing times and techniques for each fish species, and get a sneak peek into the amenities available at the lodge. We also share the unique challenges and rewards of living and working in this wildly beautiful location. So, whether you're an avid angler, a passionate outdoor enthusiast, or someone who just loves a good story, this episode is a must-listen!
Episode Chapters - Togiak River Lodge
(0:00:05) - Fishing Memories and Fly Fishing Journey
Brothers Zach and Jordan share their love for fishing and learning to fly fish in Alaska's target-rich Togiak River.
(0:06:59) - The Fishing Experience in Tokyak, Alaska
Nature's untouched beauty and abundant rainbow trout attract adventurous fishermen to the remote Togiak River in Alaska.
(0:12:45) - Dream Job at Tugiak River Lodge
The hosts discuss their dream of visiting a lodge in Alaska, one of them gets the opportunity to work there, and they reflect on their experiences.
(0:20:38) - Filming to Management in Family Business
Jordan discovers passion for video production while managing a fishing lodge, emphasizing trust and communication in a family-run business.
(0:26:21) - Taking Over Lodge in Challenging Times
Zach and Jordan unexpectedly consider purchasing the Alaska fishing lodge after a conversation with a guest and navigating a challenging summer.
(0:37:32) - Lodge's Trip Options and Arrival Process
Nature's trip logistics, schedule, arrival/departure times, orientation, and popularity of shorter trips at a fishing lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
(0:44:50) - Fishing Options and Fly Fishing Opportunities
Nature's diverse fishing options at Togiak River, Alaska include salmon, rainbow trout, grayling, spay-only rotation, silver fishery, top water and mousing.
(0:49:33) - Fishing Season at Togiak River
Nature's fishing opportunities on the Togiak River in Alaska, including best times, techniques, low water conditions, trophy-sized fish, and access options.
(1:02:11) - Outdoor Amenities and Fishing Regulations
Guests can enjoy outdoor activities, lounge area, sauna, and responsible fishing for salmon at the lodge.
(1:14:25) - Alaska Travel Planning and Logistics
Owners of Togiak Lodge share insights on running a remote fishing lodge in Alaska, discussing logistics and unpredictable nature.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/538
Oregon Jetty Fishing with Garrett Lesko - Black Rockfish, Lingcod, InvisaSwivel
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/537
Presented by: Yellowstone Teton Territory, Togiak, Northern Rockies Adventures, FishHound Expeditions
In this episode, Garrett Lesko takes us into Oregon jetty fishing. He shares his insights, experiences, and expertise on this unique angling pursuit.
We also explore the fascinating realm of jetty fishing, including the diverse species he targets, the flies he uses, and his gear setup. Additionally, we uncover the unique component of his gear setup, the InvisaSwivel, which adds an extra element of effectiveness and convenience to his style. Join us as we unravel the thrilling world of Oregon jetty fishing with Garrett Lesko.
Episode Chapters with Garrett Lesko on Oregon Jetty Fishing
2:12 - Garrett gives some updates on his life since we had him on the podcast in episode 236 two years ago. He got into competitive fishing. He shares all the details about his first fly fishing competition in his blog.
3:42 - He tells the step-by-step process of how to join a fishing competition. FlyComps.com is the main hub in the US.
6:55 - We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of doing in-person fishing seminars versus a virtual event.
10:32 - He's a member of the Linn Benton Family Flyfishers. Their club is a partner of their local fly shop called the Two Rivers Fly Shop. Bob Elliot, their club president, is in charge of the Northwest Expo this year.
13:35 - We dig into jetty fishing. We also had an episode about this with Brian Marz in episode 97. Garrett gives a shout-out to Brian for pioneering jetty fishing.
15:40 - He mentions some popular areas in Oregon where you can do jetty fishing. One of which is the Depoe Bay. He says that the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest shot a scene there.
21:00 - He walks us through how to fish in the jetty. He also mentions some of the species that you would mostly get in the jetty such as black rockfish, cabezon, and lingcod which he says is very rare. He also shared more about this in his blog post titled "Beginner's Guide to PNW Jetties".
26:20 - He delves into the flies he uses for catching rockfish. He also wrote about this in his blog post titled "Fly Design for Pacific Rockfish". For him, the tried and true fly that he can guarantee success on is the Clouser.
29:49 - Another one of his go-to flies for jetty fishing is the Jetty Worm from Spawn Fly Fish and Finesse Gamechanger.
32:12 - He tells us his gear set-up for Oregon jetty fishing. He uses an 8-wt Echo Boost Salt which he says is an affordable and mid-tier rod. His reel is the Behemoth Reel from Redington. He also gives a valuable tip for taking care of your reel.
41:09 - He introduces the InvisaSwivel which he adds to his set-up to help his fly float.
45:50 - He gives valuable tips on what to wear and bring for jetty fishing to ensure safety. I give a shout-out to NRS for their Chinook Fishing PFD.
56:22 - He tells us about that time when he and his friend caught about 200 rockfish in the jetty.
1:01:30 - He mentions the areas in Oregon where you can fish at night. He uses the Milwaukee Flood Light when doing so. The fish are more active in the evening except the lingcod.
1:03:50 - I ask about his countdown in stripping.
1:08:50 - He recommends bringing a lot of flies when jetty fishing because you're probably gonna lose a lot of lies. He also mentions Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon Leader.
1:10:27 - We give a shout-out to Connor Baker, the winner of our last big giveaway.
1:11:16 - He reveals his bucket list trips.
1:12:50 - He shares his top five movies.
1:15:13 - He gives us tips on Stillwater fishing and tells us about the guy he ties flies for who uses a kiddie pool at home to practice his casting.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/537
Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews - 1% for the Planet, Conservation, Fly Fishing
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/536
Presented By: Daiichi, Angler's Coffee
Join us in one of our biggest episodes as we journey into a world that combines the thrill of the outdoors with a passion for conservation. This episode offers an intriguing dialogue featuring Craig Mathews and Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia Founder and an iconic figure in the outdoor world; unraveling their love for fly fishing, their unique backstories, and their shared principles around the sport and beyond.
Yvon, introduced to fly fishing by an esteemed mountain guide, will leave you gripped with his narrative, from his shift from spin fishing to a sneak peek into their upcoming book, and their fervor for conservation in the fishing industry.
This episode isn't just about fly fishing; it's also a masterclass in conservation ethics and business wisdom. Listen as the founders of 1% for the Planet discuss their dedication to environmental protection through their businesses. Yvon's candid viewpoint on our planet's future underscores the necessity of giving back to nature. Dive into Yvon's philosophy of simplicity, both in life and fly fishing, and ponder over the pitfalls of the industry’s focus on trendiness and constant equipment upgrades.
Finally, we steer our conversation towards the artistry involved in fly fishing. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned angler, you'll appreciate the tips on techniques, the importance of choosing the right flies, and insights on the role of technology in fly fishing. This episode is more than an exploration of fly fishing; it's a call to simplicity, effectiveness, and ethics in the sport and in life. Come join us on this immersive experience!
Episode Chapters with [guest name] on [keyword]
(0:00:02) - Passion and Community in Fly Fishing
Fly fishing, conservation, and Yvon Chouinard's new book are discussed in a conversation with Craig Mathews and the hosts.
(0:03:38) - Conservation Ethics and Business Advice
Nature's conservation and simplification in fly fishing are discussed by Perfect, Craig, and Yvon, emphasizing responsibility and critiquing the industry's focus on fashion and equipment upgrades.
(0:14:05) - Fly Fishing Techniques and Flies
Nature's simplicity and effectiveness in fly fishing, using imitation flies and minimal materials, and the role of technology.
(0:21:18) - Using Pheasant Tail in Fly Tying
Nature's pheasant tail materials are simple to use for dry and wet flies, resembling natural insects and effective for imitating various species.
(0:31:54) - Passion, Success, and Outdoor Conservation
Nature's conversation between Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews on fly fishing, conservation, and supporting local groups.
(0:49:57) - Gear and Sustainability in Fly Fishing
Nature's preservation and fly fishing's connection to it, gear, environmental efforts, and upcoming book.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/536
Travel Creel with Joshua Schwartz - Fly Fishing Destinations, Culinary, Fishing Lodge
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/535
Presented By: Daiichi, Dette Flies
We're thrilled to introduce Josh Schwartz, a culinary wizard and fly-fishing enthusiast whose fascinating journey has led him to merge his passions into an incredible career. With the lure of a fishing rod in one hand and a chef's knife in the other, Josh has crafted a unique lifestyle that brims with adventure, challenges, and mouthwatering meals by the river. Listen closely as he narrates his story of turning a childhood hobby of fishing into a life-altering profession, highlighting his exceptional company, Travel Creel, which weaves together his love for fishing, cooking, and exploring the world.
Join us and be transported to remote locations where Josh, all equipped with his fishing gear and cooking utensils, prepares delectable meals while pursuing his love for fly fishing. He beautifully balances the roles of a seasoned chef and an experienced fishing guide, serving up warming grilled cheese sandwiches by the river and sharing tales of his upcoming culinary adventure in Baja, Mexico. While he's not cooking up a storm or helping his clients hook a catch, Josh navigates the challenges of sourcing fresh ingredients in foreign lands, bringing an extra dash of authenticity to his curated meals.
On this journey, we also get a sneak peek into Josh's life beyond the kitchen and the river. Owning a lodge in Mexico, he shares with us how he manages to juggle the spheres of business and pleasure, the highs and lows of the job, and its impact on his personal life. As he prepares to take his love for fishing to the shores of San Carlos and his culinary skills to Belize and the Bahamas, Josh reveals his vision for the future of Travel Creel. So, gear up to be a part of a conversation that will inspire you with its blend of fishing, travel, cooking, and the art of guiding. Get ready to bait your hook, chop your ingredients, and dive into an epicurean adventure like never before.
Episode Chapters - Travel Creel
(0:00:05) - Travel Career and Fishing Adventures
Josh shares his journey from fishing to becoming a chef and creating Travel Creel, combining fishing, cooking, and travel.
(0:10:51) - Culinary Adventures and Fishing Trips
Nature's cooking and guiding in fly fishing, including challenges, satisfaction, and sourcing ingredients in foreign countries.
(0:22:38) - Chef's Travel Food Program
A chef travels to source ingredients, builds relationships with local producers, and plans to train others to create a fun and memorable experience for clients.
(0:26:01) - Balancing Fun and Business in Fishing
Nature's balance, affordability, and family impact in fly fishing discussed with a private chef and lodge owner.
(0:38:04) - Building a Hospitality-Based Travel Program
Nature's local food and connections in Baja, Belize, and Bahamas, and the future of Travel Creel's culinary and fishing experiences.
(0:48:26) - Fishing Trips and Future Plans
The host shares their upcoming fishing trips, including a new private trout lake and hiring local guides for roosterfish in Baja. They also express their love for saltwater fishing and expanding their clientele.
(0:59:47) - Travel Options and Opportunities
Nature's destinations and unique experiences were discussed with Josh from travelcreel.com, including potential collaboration and exploring Salt as a destination.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/535
Smallmouth Bass Flies with Jake Villwock - Crayfish, Circus Peanut, Tungsten Beads
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/534
Presented by: NR Adventures, Stonefly Nets, Smitty's Fly Box
Welcome to our latest episode featuring Jake Villwock, author of the book Smallmouth Bass Flies. In this episode, we will take you on a journey to Pennsylvania for a typical bass fishing trip with Jake and his team. He will share his techniques and tips on how to catch smallmouth bass, and his gear set up when bass fishing. Jake also gives insight into the flies he uses when bass fishing, so whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, you won't want to miss this episode!
Episode Chapters with Jake Villwock on Smallmouth Bass Flies
1:34 - Jake shares with us his first memory of fly fishing. His first fish on a fly was a blue gill and his second was a striper. Stripers and saltwater have always been one of his favorite things to target.
3:52 - He has been known for smallmouth bass fishing. He wrote a book titled Smallmouth Bass Flies - Top to Bottom.
5:02 - He talks about the similarities between smallmouth bass and trout.
7:24 - Currently, he operates in South Central Pennsylvania, mainly guiding in Juniata and Susquehanna. Their bass season is from late March to the end of October.
9:41 - Along with other guides, he also guides for steelhead fishing in Lake Eerie and up in New York. He also describes how they do bass fishing.
12:30 - He describes a typical bass fishing trip with them in their area. They meet their clients in a quaint diner called Thompsontown Corner Deli to have breakfast. He also describes the lunch they serve on their trips.
17:20 - We talk about drinking in guiding trips. He mentions the brand Athletic which sells non-alcoholic beer.
19:50 - He explains why big bass in the springtime is very aggressive and shares some tips on how to catch them during this time. He says that keeping yourself low and slow is how you will catch them.
24:15 - We talk about crayfish which is a large portion of the smallmouth's diet in the summertime. He describes his setup with a crayfish fly pattern.
28:28 - He describes how he uses the tip of the fly line to his advantage. He always casts slightly upstream to have a little bit of an angle. Paying attention to the tip of the line to manage the speed of your retrieve is very important.
33:40 - We dig into the fly patterns he uses. The size of the claws of the crayfish is very important to consider. He further describes how he ties his crayfish flies and the materials he uses.
38:49 - One of his favorite flies for the springtime it's still cold is Russ Maddin's circus peanut. We had Russ on the podcast in episode 253.
39:55 - He tells us his signature flies. You can also see how he ties his flies through his YouTube at Relentless TV. He recently signed a contract with Montana Fly Company (MFC). We talked about MFC in episode 531 with Jake Chutz.
41:30 - He walks us through how he targets a fish in top water and subsurface.
47:06 - He also gives tips on finding a fish depending on the season when you're new in the area. June and October are the months when it's hard to find fish. The best thing to do is to start on the banks and float the river when it's low and clear.
51:40 - He gives more tips on his setup, particularly lines. He gives a shoutout to Scientific Angler for their amazing triple-density lines. He also mentions their Stillwater Hover.
55:03 - He mentions the tungsten beads which are good for when you can't see the fish.
56:30 - He usually sees bigger fish during the summertime when the water is clear. He also explains his theory of how the color of the fish tells you if it's ready to eat.
59:57 - When he's bait fishing, he uses a leader that is six to eight feet. For cray fishing and dry fly fishing, he uses a 10 to 12-ft leader.
1:00:42 - He gives valuable tips on casting. When it comes to cray fishing, the more perfect you make the cast, the worse it's going to be.
Trey Combs on Flies For Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead - Harry Lemire, Steelhead Trout
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/533
Presented By: Northern Rockies Adventures, Smitty's Fly Box
Embark on an exhilarating angling odyssey with the legendary Trey Combs as he unveils his latest masterpiece, "Flies For Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead."
In this episode, Trey reminisces about his groundbreaking earlier books like "Steelhead Trout" and "Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies," and reveals fascinating stories about his encounters with legends like Harry Lemire.
Tune in for a captivating conversation that spans Trey's diverse experiences, from horse breeding to boat building, and his optimism about the future of steelhead conservation.
Episode Chapters with Trey Combs on Flies For Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead
01:17 - Trey Combs was one of the first guests we had on the podcast. He is back on the show today to give us an update on what he's been up to and to talk about his latest book.
01:50 - For the past five years, Trey has been writing a book about major watersheds. However, the depressing topic of extinct steelhead races, especially in the Sacramento River area, prompted him and Tom to reevaluate and narrow the focus to a book centered around flies.
13:00 - John Shewey's meticulous research in Scotland on Spey flies played a crucial role in Trey's book project.
14:48 - Trey's earlier books, like Steelhead Trout and Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies, were game-changers in the field.
17:00 - Trey met Harry Lemire at a small outdoor show in Seattle during the release of Steelhead Trout.
31:16 - Trey's new book is currently available in the market and anyone interested in picking up a copy can visit the Wild River Press.
33:43 - Trey tells us about the incident where he injured his back while assisting a mare in labor. Interestingly, this occurred during the time when Trey owned a seven-figure horse breeding facility in Washington, predating his later venture into boat building.
35:12 - Trey also recounts the tale of acquiring a race boat for those who may have missed the story during our previous conversation five years ago.
54:00 - Trey talks about the decline in steelhead runs.
1:11:36 - Trey expresses optimism about the potential for steelhead conservation if people adopt a more responsible attitude towards fishing.
1:19:00 - Trey favors a dark fly, particularly one with a black wing, for summer steelhead. His go-to pattern is Frank Amato's Night Dancer.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/533
Dave is the man
Great guests, great questions, let’s his guests talk, & a humble dude with a lot of good stories & knowledge of his own. Thanks for the podcast Dave keep it up.
Show notes are super helpful
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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.