The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

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Produced by The Orvis Company and hosted by Tom Rosenbauer, author of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide, this podcast will provide you with tips on how to get the most of your time on the water. Read more about Orvis at www.orvis.com/podcast.

Episode Date
Late Summer Terrestrials, with Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff
01:21:20

This week I have the pleasure of interviewing Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff—the Orvis-endorsed Freshwater Guide of the Year for 2018. Jenny has recently relocated to Montana to run a lodge on Rock Creek and she took time out of her very busy schedule to share her knowledge of late summer terrestrial fishing. It’s an educational podcast and a timely one. In the Fly Box this week we explore a wide range of topics, as usual: How to transition from small trout streams to big rivers Why do I keep missing fish when fishing mouse patterns at night? Can I use perfection loops in the middle of my leader to add droppers? What is the best way to touch up the blades of nippers? How do I make my fly attract trout by its entry into the water? What happens to Tricos when nighttime air temperatures don’t go below 70 degrees? Do tippet rings wear out? Can I use my Clearwater line for trout fishing? Do you measure the cast length from your body or from the rod tip? How do you prospect for trout in long, slow pools? What do you do if a big trout runs downstream and the water is too deep to wade below it?

Aug 14, 2018
Fly-fishing with your family, with Derek Olthuis
01:26:07

Fly-Fishing with your family, with Derek Olthuis This week Orvis Ambassador Derek Olthuis and I talk about fishing with your kids and family. Derek has three young children and he fishes as much as anyone I know, so he has some great tips on how to make it a fun and rewarding experience for all members of the family. If you’ve wanted to introduce kids to fly fishing you’ll get some great advice from this podcast. In the Fly Box this week, we have some interesting questions and comments, including What do I do with saltwater flies after I’ve used them? How do companies that sell fly patterns evaluate new ones? How do I keep annoying sea grass off my fly and leader? Should I feel guilty about hooking tarpon that were chilling in a marina behind a boat? Should I worry about keeping my fishing gear in a hot car? How do I quickly tell if a stream has a rich food supply or if it is more infertile? Can I use this to adjust my fishing techniques? What do I do if a trout tries to eat my strike indicator? How long should removable studs last? Why could I not catch smallmouths that were chasing baitfish? Why don’t more anglers use soft-hackle flies? How long should I rest a pool before trying a new fly pattern? What’s an easy way to identify mayflies and caddisflies in the air?

Jul 27, 2018
Now or Neverglades, a project update with Eric Eikenberg
01:02:28

In this week’s podcast my guest is Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation and our major partner in this important conservation effort. For the past few years Orvis has taken a leading role in the effort to get the word out to the fly-fishing community about this critical issue, which affects Florida Bay, both coasts of Florida, and of course the Everglades, which as a National Park is owned by all citizens of the United States. It’s an update on where we are for a solution to the issue, and you’ll be happy to know we are guardedly optimistic about the future. Also in the Fly Box week we have these question: Why do I keep losing small brook trout? How can I take the coils out of old leaders? Will my old Clearwater Reel be OK in salt water? Why don’t fly shops stop selling feathers from endangered birds? Do women wear sling bags? Does the pigtail at the end of a broken knot always indicate a poorly tied knot? Why don’t people use the oval or Belgian cast more often? Why do I keep losing big trout and steelhead when they get downstream of me? What do I do for a leader if I encounter both striped bass and bluefish?

Jul 11, 2018
Advanced Nymphing Techniques, with George Daniel
01:22:36

If it does not go up until next week no big deal. This week my guest on the podcast is the great George Daniel, one of the finest anglers in the world and a wonderful teacher. George is also refreshingly un-dogmatic, and even though he is an expert on nymph fishing he does not stick to only one method, but uses all kinds of techniques depending on the conditions. There are scores of good tips in this podcast so if you enjoy nymph fishing don’t miss it. In the Fly Box this week, you’ll find answers (or at least my attempt to answer) questions about: How do I keep my reel from getting tangled at the end of the day? Is a fiberglass rod a disadvantage for distance and in the wind? Do you have some tips on fishing mayfly spinner falls? Can I catch carp when they are spawning? How do I make my Humpies more durable? Can I catch channel catfish on a fly rod? Can I fish a Gurgler on an intermediate line? Will textured fly lines hurt my rod guides? How can I land big fish by myself without high-sticking my rod?

Jul 06, 2018
Hunting for Permit, with Will Benson
01:30:24

This week I have a chat with noted permit guide and film maker Captain Will Benson. We discuss the idea of an angler as athlete, and how he and some of his clients prepare for big permit tournaments, both mentally and physically. You may have no interest in fishing tournaments, but for some of your fishing trips you may have invested a lot of time, money, and emotional expectations. Will gives some great, and most unusual, ideas to make sure you get the most out of your trips. In the Fly Box this week, we cover the following questions from listeners: · Do trout ever get “information overload” during a heavy hatch? · What is a basic saltwater outfit for fishing the Gulf? · How do spring creek trout differ from stocked trout in tailwaters? · What aren’t all flies sold with barbless hooks? · What is the difference between a $15 spool of fluorocarbon tippet and a $10 200-yard spool of spinning line? · Will two-handed casting ruin my overhead casting technique? · Why do I miss fish when trolling for trout? · Can I fish lakes on a backpacking trip with a Tenkara rod? · What are sme good basic books on trout stream insects for New England?

Jun 22, 2018
Fathers and Mentors, with The Original Most Interesting Man in the World
01:26:02

In this week’s podcast I interview a very interesting man. In fact, he is the original Most Interesting Man in the World, Jonathan Goldsmith, who is a lifelong fly fisher and not only an interesting guy, but a really nice person as well. He talks about the importance of tradition in fly fishing, his lifelong love affair with it, and most appropriately the importance of his father as his fly-fishing mentor. We’ll also catch up on what he has been doing since the beer company decided a younger man would be more interesting. (Big mistake) In the podcast this week, here are some of the questions and suggestions from listeners: A geeky way to splice old fly lines to make a special line for throwing bass flies on a 5-weight I make a couple suggestions on books to read How to deal with feathers you obtain from a shooting preserve Can I eat a trout that has whirling disease? Is a 10-weight rod enough for cobia and king mackerel? How to deal with tarpon guides who get upset when you blow a strike How to hold your fly and fly line in the “ready position” for saltwater fly fishing A suggestion for an all-around saltwater rod How to keep hopper patterns from turning upside-down in the water Suggestions for catching ultra-spooky trout in a small stream Can I use stocking foot waders on sandy beaches? How to fish a dry dropper when moving from deep pools to shallow riffles.

Jun 08, 2018
Montana's Smith River, with John Herzer and David Brooks
01:13:01

This week’s main topic is the Smith River in Montana, a near-wilderness river that requires a five-day float and is on many fly fishers’ wish lists. It is definitely on mine. To talk about fishing and floating the Smith, and a threat to its pristine ecosystem, my guests are John Herzer, a veteran of many decades of floating the Smith, and David Brooks, executive director on Montana Trout Unlimited. In the Fly Box this week you can enjoy the following tips and questions: Why do I see carp jumping at the base of a dam like salmon on their spawning run? What is an economical way to explore new rivers without always hiring a guide? Can I use braided leaders for carp? How can I do better when setting the hook on quick-striking brook trout? What is the best way to attach a leader to a fly line if you don’t have a welded loop on the end? How can I catch smallmouths lying in eight feet of water next to a large boulder? A listener tip on how to use a polarizing filter on an Iphone (or similar smartphone).

May 31, 2018
Taking Great Fishing Photographs, with RA Beattie
01:29:05

On this week’s podcast my guest is RA Beattie of Beattie Productions/Off the Grid Studios. You have no doubt seen some of his wonderful films, or perhaps you have enjoyed his latest venture—Fly Fishing films on Amazon Prime video. RA shares some tips on both video and still photography with us, and there are some good nuggets in there to help you move beyond the cliched grip & grin shots that have over-saturated social media. Warning—if you don’t understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO it might be worthwhile to do a little research before you listen to this one. In The Fly Box, lots of interesting tips and questions: Why do I keep losing bass when I play them? Should I get a 10-foot 3-weight or 4-weight rod? Can I throw big poppers with a 9-foot 5-weight rod? A warning about the legality of Tenkara rods in rivers designated “fly fishing only”. Are newer graphite rods better for tippet protection than older models? A tip from a listener on pike fishing as practice for saltwater fly fishing. When measuring sections for tying a knotted leader, are the specs for the section before or after you tie the knot? Why do largemouth bass sometimes sniff my fly but don’t attack it aggressively? What is a good recommendation for an inflatable kayak? How do I avoid creek chubs when trout fishing? What is a good starter outfit for northeast saltwater fly fishing? How much better are rubber soles with metal studs? And should I worry about scratches they make on rocks? How do I read the water on ever-changing rivers like the Bighorn?

May 25, 2018
The Feather Thief, with Kirk Johnson
01:37:51

I occasionally receive a fishing book that really strikes my fancy as being totally original, and last winter I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Much more than a fishing book, it’s the story of a young Atlantic salmon fly tier who stole priceless bird skins from a British museum and then used them for his own tying and sold them on the internet. Kirk researched the story thoroughly and even tried to trace some of the feathers that were purchased to get them back to the museum. The book truly reads like a whodunnit and I found it fascinating reading. To use a well-worn cliché I literally could not put it down. Some of you fly tiers may be not agree with the stance he takes on tiers obsessing over rare and unusual materials so I think it may create some lively discussions. Regardless, I think you’ll find our discussion fascinating. In the Fly Box this week, we get into more conventional and non-controversial questions, such as these: Why do two dry flies work better than one? How do you fish a Sneaky Pete for smallmouths in fast water? What size and color Woolly Bugger is best? What does the Woolly Bugger imitate? What color polarized sunglasses are best and what are some good brands? Why can I land 18-inch fish but not the ones that are over 24 inches? Are grayling selective? Is it normal to tie a Clouser Minnow with a red head? Is it normal to reel all of your line in before playing a fish? Why am I not catching bigger brook trout on streamers?

Apr 29, 2018
The Feather Thief, with Kirk Johnson

I occasionally receive a fishing book that really strikes my fancy as being totally original, and last winter I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Much more than a fishing book, it’s the story of a young Atlantic salmon fly tier who stole priceless bird skins from a British museum and then used them for his own tying and sold them on the internet. Kirk researched the story thoroughly and even tried to trace some of the feathers that were purchased to get them back to the museum. The book truly reads like a whodunnit and I found it fascinating reading. To use a well-worn cliché I literally could not put it down. Some of you fly tiers may be not agree with the stance he takes on tiers obsessing over rare and unusual materials so I think it may create some lively discussions. Regardless, I think you’ll find our discussion fascinating. In the Fly Box this week, we get into more conventional and non-controversial questions, such as these: Why do two dry flies work better than one? How do you fish a Sneaky Pete for smallmouths in fast water? What size and color Woolly Bugger is best? What does the Woolly Bugger imitate? What color polarized sunglasses are best and what are some good brands? Why can I land 18-inch fish but not the ones that are over 24 inches? Are grayling selective? Is it normal to tie a Clouser Minnow with a red head? Is it normal to reel all of your line in before playing a fish? Why am I not catching bigger brook trout on streamers?

Apr 29, 2018
The Art of Spotting Trout, with Amelia Jensen
01:35:54

This week I have a chat with Amelia Jensen, perhaps the best trout-spotter I have ever seen. I have always thought I was pretty god at seeing trout in the water, but Amelia can see fish I would never have spotted. Learn some of her secrets in this week’s podcast—you’ll be surprised at how often you can spot trout if you know what you’re looking for, even in fast, deep, or slightly off-colored water. In the Fly Box this week we have the following tips and questions: · A tip from a listener on how to carry long pre-rigged fly assemblies · A question about what fly to fish along with a streamer when swinging for spring trout · A question on tips for spotting bonefish · How should I fish the tails of pools? · A listener tip on how to keep your hands warm when fishing · Flashy vs. non-flashy nymphs and where to put them in your nymph rig · A question about why fish get picky after catching a bunch of them from the same run · Why do trout take dry flies when I don’t see any rising? · Tips for avoiding spawning rainbow redds

Apr 22, 2018
Lessons from the legendary Au Sable, with Josh Greenberg
53:38

This week I have a chat with Josh Greenberg, owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge in Michigan. Josh talks about the ecology of his streams, which is unique and provides fascinating fishing for wild trout year round. Josh is a very perceptive and canny angler, and regardless of your interest in Michigan streams you’ll learn some great tips and some interesting thoughts. Josh is also an ardent conservationist, picking up the mantle from his mentor, the late Rusty Gates. After this week, I won’t have a podcast for two weeks because I will be off the grid

Apr 08, 2018
Fly-Fishing for Koi
01:07:41

Today we do a deep dive on the newest trend in fly-fishing for koi, that elusive fish that many people think cannot be caught on a fly rod. Nothing could be further from the truth; although these fish are challenging targets on a fly rod, they are available in many places close to home. The most exciting part of this fishery is that you can fish for them anywhere you want. In the Fly Box this week I have an unusually interesting bunch of questions, including: · What is the single greatest trout stream in the United States? · What is the impact of the legalization of marijuana on fly fishing so far? · When you take a float trip in a drift boat or raft, how do you get back to your car? · What is that big pocket in the back of a fishing vest used for? · How to do the triple haul · If I only have 30 minutes to fish on a business trip, is it better to use a 9-weight or 12-weight when targeting permit? · Why don’t you teach shadow casting in your schools? · Can I make a fly out of food? · What are the best organic fishing spots in New England? · If I’ve got a great fishing spot on a crowded river and nature calls, what is the best way to take care of things and not lose my spot?

Apr 01, 2018
Fly-Fishing in High Mountain Lakes, with Bob Terwilliger
01:25:23

This week’s podcast interview is all about fly-fishing high mountain lakes. My guest is Bob Terwilliger of Colorado Outfitters, who specializes in horseback fishing trips into some of the most remote wilderness areas in the lower 48. Fishing high mountain lakes has its own special techniques and philosophies—although here it is as much about the scenery and the trip as it is the fishing. If you enjoy getting away from the crowds and true wilderness fishing, this is a podcast you won’t want to miss. In the Fly Box this week, as usual a mixed bag of questions and comments from a wide range of topics. · Why you should get a fly-tying kit · Recommended lines for small stream fishing · Can I use the Bank Shot line for fishing midges? · What is the best fly rod for bass, pike, and the occasional trip to the Florida Keys? · When using tiny nymphs, should I set the hook keeping my fingers off the line and just use drag pressure from the reel? · What do I do if my head cement gets too thick? · How can I keep my ferrules from slipping? · Which is correct, the upstream reach cast or the downstream reach cast? · Is it worthwhile to fish midges once winter is over? · Why don’t all big trout have a hooked jaw, and what do various color and spot patterns in brown trout indicate?

Mar 29, 2018
An Excellent Introduction to Drift Boats, with Hilary Hutcheson
01:23:34

I frequently get requests for a podcast about drift boats, and although I enjoy rowing one most people don’t let me row their boat unless they are really desperate. So I called on an expert, Montana guide Hilary Hutcheson, to get her advice on getting a boat, rowing a boat, and most importantly all the responsibilities that go with getting down the river safely and with courtesy. Even if you never row a boat yourself, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the skill set your guide employs every day. In the Fly Box this week, we get these questions and tips: · How can a color-blind fly fisher identify the flies in his box? · Why am I only getting fish on my lower egg pattern in a two-fly rig? · A great suggestion on dealing with tippet rings · What kind of crab patterns do I need for striped bass? · What flies should I use for small stocked rainbows? · What are your thoughts on leader degreasers? · A suggestion on training as a whitewater guide prior to becoming a fishing guide · Why do black bucktails and marabou stain my hands? · What are some tips on purposely dumping your back cast? · What is the difference between a clear and a solid blue intermediate fly line? · Can I make a dubbing loop with monofilament tying thread?

Mar 15, 2018
Panfish on the Fly, with Bart Lombardo
01:28:05

Panfish are the way many of us relieve the frustration of snotty trout, spooky carp, or saltwater fish that can't be reached because of bad weather. They're always on the prowl for a snack and seldom very fussy. But you do need to know where to find them, and for the larger specimens a little finesse is often in order. So this week I talk to Bart Lombardo, panfish aficionado and guru. We concentrate on the sunfish family. Although many smaller freshwater fish fit into the panfish category, sunfish are the most abundant and widely distributed. I think you find some great tips for maximizing your fun with these feisty little guys. In the Fly Box, here are some of the questions and tips we cover: Is there one rod I can use for both tightline (Euro) nymphing and dry flies? I found out why my knots were breaking on tippet rings! Rattles for redfish When you might want tapered leaders for bass What is the difference between freshwater and saltwater fly lines, and the difference between coldwater and warmwater lines? What lines do I need for coastal fishing in the Northeast? Do I need to take special care when wearing wading boots on my inflatable SUP? What do you eat to keep going during a full day of fishing? Can I imitate both Hendricksons and March Browns with one fly pattern? Can I use my 6-weight Clearwater rod for stocked trout? What does good carp water look like?

Mar 09, 2018
Becoming a Fishing Guide, with Mike Dawkins
01:32:24

How do I become a guide? Should I get a job as a guide? How do I train to be a fishing guide? What skills do I need? I get these questions all the time on podcast requests, and because I have neither the skills nor the temperament to be a guide I asked our good friends at World Cast Anglers, specifically Mike Dawkins, to talk about the guiding life. They should know as they probably employ more fly-fishing guides than any other operation, and they have also been running a guide school for years. Listen to this week’s podcast about the pleasures and perils of being a fly-fishing guide. In the Fly Box this week, here are a few of the questions I try to answer: · How do I land giant alligator gar? · Where should I put my weight in relation to my tippet ring? · What are your top three suggestions for teaching someone to fish with a fly rod? · Should I get a weight forward or double taper fly line? · Can I use tightline nymphing techniques when fishing downstream? · How do I simplify and lighten up my gear when backpacking? · I get corrected—a listener has seen seen trout eat adult early black stoneflies and yellow sallies · How do I fish a long, clear, shallow stretch with no riffles without spooking fish? · Is it OK to put a perfection loop in my fly line? · Can I use a sinking poly leader when indicator fishing? · Why am I losing fish that I have hooked while fishing nymphs during the winter? · Why did I not catch fish while fishing nymphs during the winter?

Mar 02, 2018
Backcast Episode- Ten Tips on Better Line Control
19:54

*** This is a Backcast Episode from May 21, 2010. It is fun to see how much the show's format has changed since then! Thanks for listening!***

Tom thinks even the best casters can sometimes use a little help when it comes to line control. In this podcast he gives his top ten tips for what to do once your line hits the water. Have a suggestion for the podcast? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Feb 23, 2018
Catching Largemouth Bass in Rivers, with Winston Cundiff
01:34:55

When we think of largemouth bass, most of us either have a vision of a small farm pond or a big wide-open lake. But there are many excellent largemouth bass fisheries in rivers. And the advantage for a fly fisher is that these fish never get into a zone where they are tough to target with a fly rod because they are always in shallow water. Texas has a number of great largemouth rivers, and this week I pick the brain of Winston Cundiff of All Water Guides in Austin, Texas. He shares his techniques for catching these fish, the tackle he uses, and the fly patterns he favors. I think fly-rod bass anglers from around the country will get some solid tips on catching largemouths in moving water. In The Fly Box this week, we explore a number of interesting questions and suggestions: · How are fly hooks tempered, and does bending a small hook in your tying vise weaken it? · Should you approach spooky small-stream trout in still pools from upstream or downstream? · How to make a 4X leader into a 7X leader. · Why do I keep missing strikes when fishing streamers? · What are some tips for catching trout in rivers with high fishing pressure? · Can I fish a soft hackle as a dropper behind a dry fly? · How can plus-size anglers sneak up on trout? · What is a level line? · A tip from a listener on how to avoid pricking your finger on the hook when tying flies.

Feb 16, 2018
Fly-Fishing from a Kayak, with Damon Bungard
01:52:39

I have gotten numerous requests on doing a podcast on fly fishing from a kayak and finally was able to corral my friend Damon Bungard of Jackson Kayaks, who has a broad experience fishing from kayaks all over the world, from tarpon flats to trout streams, and also designs kayaks. It’s a very detailed podcast, covering everything from picking the right craft to approaching fish to anchor systems to dealing with line handling to fighting and landing fish from a kayak. And lots of good stories in between. Fly fishers have different needs than conventional anglers when it comes to kayak fishing, so I am sure you will benefit from the wisdom of a true expert. Also in the Fly Box we cover questions on: · Whether you find the same hatches on different stretches of a river · Why a guide had an angler fight a fish with the rod in a vertical position · How far upstream to cast a nymph with an indicator, and how much to let it hang downstream · Will there be a kit to convert a Helios 3 D version to an F version (no, sorry they are totally different tapers) · Why are my knots breaking at the tippet ring but not when I attach it to a fly? · Are mop flies evil? · Why did I not have the same luck when I went back to the same trout stream a few weeks later? · For small flies, do I need to tie all sizes between 18 and 24? · Is a poly leader as good as a sink tip (to a blind horse?) · A seriously disappointing etiquette question (for which I don’t have a good answer) · Why aren’t jig style hooks used more often?

Feb 09, 2018
The Adventures of Fly-Fishing from a Stand Up Paddleboard, with Damon Newpher
01:20:40

This week I interview Damon Newpher of Adventure Bound on the Fly, a guide service that specializes in fly fishing from all sorts of craft, including stand-up paddleboards. Damon uses his SUP to chase steelhead, bass, and even muskies in his western New York location, but has ranged as far away as Belize and the Yucatan with inflatable boards, and has even floated remote rivers and lakes in Chile from them. He advises us on why you would want one, what to look for, how to accessorize one, and how to navigate moving water. These craft offer great advantages because they can get into places no other craft can go, with more stealth than any other method. Plus you are up above the water so you can spot fish and subsurface structures easier. And of course an added benefit is that you’ll stay in great shape while you fish!

In this week’s Fly Box, we cover, as usual, an eclectic range of things:

· Why did my wife get skunked fishing a streamer while I was using two at once?

· How to evaluate a fly rod in a shop

· Pike fishing from shore

· How do I fish emerger flies?

· What is the perfect fly rod for tiny streams?

· Should I buy a 10-foot 4-weight or 5-weight for tightline nymphing?

· Are practice casting rods any good—other than just to torture cats? ·

And we have a new acronym, thanks to a listener: WINTER. Len from PA gives us great advice on how a fly fisher should spend the winter preparing for spring.

Feb 02, 2018
Bugs, Bugs Bugs, with Peter Stitcher
01:29:51

This week I interview aquatic biologist and fly fisher Peter Stitcher, who not only has a great way of organizing fly boxes (a question I have always neglected to answer properly), he also has some great guidance on how to figure out what is in the river and how to pick a fly from your box that will do the best job of imitating that insect—without any detailed knowledge of entomology. If you learn his acronyms PAUSE and MATCH I am convinced you will have all the knowledge you need to be more successful. Listen to the podcast to learn what these acronyms mean. In The Fly Box, we have all sorts of great questions this week: · The difference between braided and furled leaders · How to Euro nymph rivers with spooky trout · Fishing a midge larva behind a streamer · The difference between “freshwater” and “saltwater” rods · How to transition from saltwater to freshwater fly fishing · Can I use my steelhead reel in salt water? · How to travel with a large net · Tricks for avoiding bulk when tying tiny flies · When to put a fighting trout on the reel · Tips for making very short roll casts · Using cat fur for dubbing · Decreasing hooking mortality on small brookies · How to avoid large cracks in fly lines

Jan 25, 2018
Tom and Tim's Annual Fly-Tying Spectacular
01:10:38

This week’s podcast is my annual bull session with Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Instead of us picking a topic, we decided to ask listeners for questions. We both field questions on making a dubbing noodle out of short-fibered dubbing (along with a bunch of other tips on dubbing), choice of articulations for jointed flies, mono weed guards on bonefish flies, black vs. gold beads on nymphs, consistently reproducing patterns, proportions in cutting hair and fur, mixing dubbing to imitate specific insects, the differences between various types of natural dubbings, and discussions on what makes a “good” hackle feather. And of course we ramble a bit. But that’s what fly tiers do when they have an hour to kill. We went on so long that there’s no fly box this week. Just one long fly box, and all about tying.

Jan 19, 2018
Fighting Big Fish, with Conway Bowman
01:17:54

After a long Christmas break, we’ve finally gotten back into a regular podcast schedule. This week our guest is Conway Bowman, known for his targeting of large mako sharks on a fly rod. But Conway also loves trout and tarpon fishing, so he gives us his tips on playing and landing large fish on a fly rod, whether it’s a 500-pound mako or a 22-inch trout. Conway is a great teacher and I am sure you will benefit from his tips. In the Fly Box this week, we have questions on taking an extra reel along, dressing for success and comfort in winter, making unweighted saltwater flies ride inverted in the water, factors that make a trout stream great, how to decide whether to go with weight-forward or double-taper lines, streamers in high altitude lakes, casting practice on snow, and a couple of discussions on tippet rings. I hope you enjoy the show

Jan 13, 2018
All About Snook, with Captain Dan Andrews
01:30:08

This week’s podcast is all about snook. I have never done a full podcast just on snook fishing, but it is the most popular gamefish in Florida so I figured it was high time. I enlisted Captain Dan Andrews as a guest. Dan, besides being a lifelong snook chaser and guide, is also executive director of Captains for Clean Water, a great organization that Orvis strongly supports. In the Fly Box this week, we have questions on occasional risers, whether you can handle a 22-inch trout on a 10-foot, 3-weight Recon, smelly head cements, targeting walleyes on the fly, pulling trout out of deep, slow pools, casting weighted streamers on a 5-weight, and some tips for steelhead anglers on the Great Lakes. There is also a story on a most unusual animal that took an angler’s mouse fly—but I won’t spoil the surprise here.

Dec 08, 2017
How to catch tailwater trout all winter long, with Steve Galletta
01:29:09

This week’s interview is with Steve Galletta of Bighorn Angler in Fort Smith, Montana. The Bighorn fishes well all winter long, and with Steve’s many seasons on the river he shares his tips on how to catch tailwater trout all winter long. Even if you don’t plan on fishing the Bighorn any time soon, Steve’s tips will give you valuable intel on how to fish your local tailwater. In The Fly Box, we have questions about the effects of fly flotants on knots, disappearing brook trout, releasing fish in fast water, using switch rods on lakes, why streamers work well in the fall, using UV resins for fly tying, fishing mouse patterns on lakes at night, keeping track of tippet rings, smells on carp flies, and how to apply techniques learned in one fishery to other species and places.

Nov 30, 2017
How Orvis Designs Fly Rods, with Shawn "Diddy" Combs
01:30:22

This week we get a special peak behind the curtain about how fly rods are developed. How long does it take to design a fly rod? How many prototypes are built? How are they tested? How are materials selected? And where do the ideas come from? Shawn Combs takes us into the depths of the Orvis skunkworks and tells us a few secrets (and withholds just as many) about how his team of engineers and technicians develop Orvis fly rods—specifically the new Helios 3 series. In the Fly Box this week, we talk about fishing emergers subsurface, the perils of using the wrong super glue on casting cuts, how long to let a bass popper sit, water temperature guiidelines for trout, fly fishing for crappies, a tip on keeping the trailing hook of a tandem out of the way when tying, leader lengths for stocked trout ponds, species-specific leaders, correct water depth for setting indicators, and how to fish multiple-fly rigs when the flies are barbless.

Nov 18, 2017
Mousing for Trout, with Joe Cermele
01:55:04

This week’s guest is Joe Cermele, fishing editor of Field & Stream magazine and the one-man-band behind the terrific web series “Hook Shots” (if you have not seen his videos they are always fun and offbeat). Joe is wild about fishing big flies for big fish—regardless of species. Our interview is about mousing for trout, a sorta-night-fishing, sorta-streamer-fishing technique that has become popular in recent years. But it’s not about fishing mouse flies for wilderness fish in Alaska or Kamchatka, it’s about fishing them in local, heavily fished rivers. Mousing is a great way to avoid the crowds and catch one of those big trout you seldom see during the day. As usual in The Fly Box we have a wide variety of topics: missing strikes on topwater bass flies, the difference between a desiccant and a flotant (again!), finding tailing carp, fishing streamers and high-stick nymphing in spring creeks, fishing bamboo rods for larger trout, tying with peacock eyes, questions on rod models, when to buy multiple reels as opposed to one reel and an extra spool, trout that disappear in early spring, correct depth for setting your indicator (there isn’t one), deciding which fly-tying tools to put most of your budget into—and finally what is that white rod Pete Kutzer uses for his casting videos?

Oct 26, 2017
What traveling fly-fishers often forget, with Jeremy Kehrein
01:18:37

This week Jeremy Kehrein from Orvis Travel joined me to share his knowledge of travel planning and packing tips. Most people know how to plan travel (just call up our Travel Department!) and know how to pack a suitcase, so we focus on what travelers often forget—what questions do they forget to ask when calling a travel agent, guide, or lodge, and what do people often forget when packing for a fishing trip. Arriving in a remote destination without an essential doodad can, while not exactly spoiling a trip, make it less enjoyable. In the Fly Box this week there is an extremely helpful tip from a listener that can benefit every angler—of all ages and all genders. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you want it is. There are also questions on building a 7X leader that won’t collapse, how to land very large trout on a 3-weight rod and 6X tippet, how often multiple anglers can fish a single riffle, a recommendation for a good book on small-stream trout fishing (guess what that is?), studded boots making noise in the water, how to imitate a Rooster Tail, how to catch snotty whitefish, and how to keep a foam fly floating all day long. There is also an excellent tip from a listener who is a personal trainer on the right exercises to prepare yourself for fishing.

Oct 24, 2017
Switch vs Spey, with Pete Kutzer
01:22:21

I get repeated questions about switch vs. Spey: people interested in two-handed fly fishing but not sure which setup they need. Even though I think I have answered this question before, I thought it was time for a fresh look so I asked the incomparable Pete Kutzer, YouTube star and Orvis casting instructor, for his advice. Pete is a very serious two-handed angler and just got back from a couple steelhead rivers on the West Coast, so the topic was fresh in his mind. I hope it helps to answer some of your questions. In the Fly Box this week, questions are wide-ranging--casting accuracy, dropper flies tangling, flashing trout, Atlantic salmon guides, and trout short-striking streamers. Plus an interesting tip on what may be an interesting way of sharpening hooks.

Oct 14, 2017
Tips for finding Stripers, with Captain Aron Cascone
01:48:11

This week I interview Captain Aron Cascone of Westerly, Rhode Island for his tips on finding stripers on foot along the New England Coast, and then choosing the right fly, the right tide, the right time of day, and the right retrieve. Aron is one of the fishiest guys I know and he’s spent a life on the water. I learned a number of good tips despite fishing for stripers with a fly rod for over 30 years—so I’m sure you’ll learn some good stuff as well. In the Fly Box this week we answer questions on fly reel choices, making a presentation so that the fly passes over the fish before the leader, suggested camera gear for fly anglers, how to keep cleats from coming out of your wading boots, and how to make a simple saltwater leader. Plus suggestions from listeners on lubricating knots with fly paste and how to carry a second rod to the river.

Oct 09, 2017
Mr. Hemkens goes to Washington
01:23:39

This week’s podcast is an interview with Orvis VP Steve Hemkens about why he took a trip to Washington. The podcast may raise your hackles or it may give you hope for the future. You’ll have to listen to find out why he went to our nation’s capital and why someone responsible for the sale of fly-fishing products and responsible education in the outdoor world would want to meet with politicians. On a lighter note, the Fly Box this week covers a diverse group of questions, including targeting Texas redfish, repairing a severed fly line (hint—don’t), how to find a place to fish if you don’t know anyone, finding feeding trout in the weeds, the difference one tippet size makes, minimalist bass fishing, how to kill and clean trout, and how to a Get Drunk and Disorderly to stay under water (that sounds like cruel and unusual punishment). There is also a great suggestion from a listener on how to keep EP Fibers in line, and how to use the Fly Trap for storing dropper rigs.

Oct 06, 2017
12 Tips on Fishing Hatches That Might Surprise You
01:35:33

This week, I take a break from interviews and do a podcast like we did in the old days by interviewing myself. It’s a shameless plug for my newest book, Hatch Strategies, published by Rizzoli/Universe. I call it Twelve Tips on Fishing Hatches That Might Surprise You. I’m sure that many of you agree with most of the tips, especially if you’ve spent any time chasing trout when they are feeding on insect hatches. But I am willing to bet there are a couple you may not have thought of, that run contrary to what you have heard in the past, or might even think that Rosenbauer guy is full of fish feces. If you don’t agree with me, I’d love to hear about it, which may produce some interesting podcasts in the future. In the Fly Box this week, I answer (or try to answer) how to fish small streams with a 9-foot rod, the use of tippet rings, how to avoid spending a fortune on hackle, what percent of the time you should be hooking fish that rise to your dry fly, whether to fish for steelhead in a river where they are threatened, the use of scents on flies, how to avoid foul-hooking trout, the use of loop knots in trout fishing, and delicate dry-fly presentations at short distances. There are also a couple of great letters from listeners with comments—one on angling ethics and another on how to move from trout fishing to saltwater fly fishing on the West Coast.

Sep 28, 2017
Lots of LIstener Questions and a Conservation Update from Trout Unlimited's Chris Wood
01:24:28

This week Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, visited us in Vermont and we got to pull him aside for a great podcast (and take him fishing for brook trout). Chris is a master at distilling complicated environmental issues down to their essence in the way anglers can understand them, and he enlightens us on some current issues like Pebble Mine, the Clean Water Rule, and western water laws. And it’s not all bad news!

In the Fly Box, questions range from requests to have me MC a rehearsal dinner for a wedding (not gonna happen) to switching from trout to other species to getting another season out of a pair of waders. Plus questions on Village Idiots and herons and redfish and fishing diaries. Plus a couple of cool tips from listeners on fly tying.

Sep 07, 2017
Tactics for Large Brown Trout Fishing in the Fall, with Noah Parker
01:26:06

This week we have a timely podcast—fishing for large brown trout in the fall. Noah Parker from Land of Enchantment Guides in New Mexico tells us how they fish for large browns in the fall, and they use some techniques in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado that are different from what most of you probably do. In the Fly Box, questions come up on catching fussy trout in small streams, gel-spun backing, swinging nymphs, fishing 4 people at once, what the Copper John imitates, and some great fly-tying tips from listeners.

Aug 31, 2017
Backcast Episode: Advanced Fly-Fishing Techniques for Smallmouth Bass
01:27:07

***This is a Backcast Episode from March of 2014. Tom will be back from vacation with new episodes soon!*** This week we have what I feel is one of our best podcasts ever—an interview with Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Shop on his advanced tactics for catching smallmouth bass. I learned a ton in this podcast and it makes me want to head south to chase some right now. And in this extra-long podcast there are plenty of fly box questions: Using a stomach pump on trout, how to keep your indicator from sliding, whether bright silver and gold beads are a thing of the past, how to find secondary feathers on a goose wing, and good substitutes for deer hair on a Comparadun wing.

Aug 18, 2017
Video Tip How to Make an Aerial Mend, with Pete Kutzer
03:45

Tom is on vacation this week so we are bringing you a video this week. Want more videos? Let us know at podcast@orvis.com.

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make aerial mends in your line, creating an upstream or downstream mend before your line touches down on the water. This is a great technique for when you’re casting across varying currents, and it will help you achieve better and longer dead drifts. By making the mend during the cast, you avoid having to break the surface tension to move the line, as you would with a traditional mend.

An aerial mend is quite easy to make, but there are two parts that will require some practice: the size of the mend and where it occurs along the line. By simply drawing a “C” or a “D” with the rod tip, you can create the belly required for a mend. The size of the letter you draw determines the size of the mend. How long you wait after the rod stops on the forward cast determines where that mend will occur. If you want it to be far out near the tip of the line, draw the letter right after the rod stops. To make a mend closer to you, wait a bit before drawing the letter.

With a little practice, you’ll get a feel for both the size and the location of the mend. Good luck!

 

Aug 09, 2017
Guiding for Permit, with Captain Will Benson
02:00:32

OK, get ready for this—it’s a long one! I figured since I had not done a podcast in a couple weeks I would give you your money’s worth, and this podcast includes a long interview with Will Benson, noted permit guide and film maker. As you’ll hear, Will has strong passions for many things—permit, guiding, people, and the environment—and I had trouble cutting this one off. But it was a fun and educational interview, and very inspiring for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And furthermore, it’s a longer Fly Box than usual, with questions on finding a guide school, big fish getting off the hook, Clouser Minnows riding sideways, catching big stripers form shore, remembering Mel Krieger, catching carp in North Dakota, a recommended outfit for Atlantic salmon on the Gaspe peninsula, fishing caddis egg-laying events, and where and how to go fly fishing in the Greek Islands (spoiler—I have no idea).

Jul 27, 2017
Mastering the Hatch from a Boat with Joe Demalderis
01:02:13

This week I have an interview with an old friend, Joe Demalderis, of Cross Current guide service in the Catskills. Joe knows the Delaware system about as well as any human, and has a common-sense approach to fishing hatches that I love. We talk about how to fish hatches from a drift boat or other craft, which at times can be more difficult than fishing hatches while wading, but at other times can reach fish in water that is too deep of otherwise inaccessible to the wader. In the Fly Box, we range from questions on getting droppers ready before you go fishing, caddis pupa tactics, fish rising to tippet rings, brook trout on streamers, the effect of heat on tippet material, shirt colors on trout streams, and suggested bonefish books.

Jun 30, 2017
Proper Fly Presentation to Tarpon and other Species with Dave Mangum
59:58

My guest this week is guide David Mangum, renowned tarpon guide, filmmaker, still photographer, fly tier—and well the guy is just incredibly talented. In the interview he gives us some fascinating tips on presenting a fly to tarpon, and you may be surprised at what this seasoned guide recommends. He also gives tips on presenting the fly to other species—no surprise that accuracy, not distance or power, is the most important factor. And prior to the interview, in the podcast we answer questions on why you don’t need to change leaders every time you hit a different water type, handicapping fly anglers, sunken hoppers, fishing a new landlocked salmon fishery, nymphing for bass, playing fish on Euro-style nymphing rod, setting the hook on the wet fly swing, diversity in fly fishing, stinky hackle, and attaching backing to fly line.

Jun 22, 2017
Josh Nugent's Seven Deadly Sins of Sight-Fishing
01:16:53

This week I have a more-or-less black diamond podcast with Josh Nugent of Out Fly Fishing Outfitters in Calgary. With the peak of hatches upon us, now is the time to tune up your sight-fishing game, and Josh provides with some meaty tips (As well as The Seven Deadly Sins). In the Fly Box, I have a couple listener follow-ups on questions from other listeners. One is on freshwater drum from James at the Orvis store in Royal Oak outside of Detroit. The other is from gentleman in Canada who relates his experience with using loop knots on dry flies (hint—don’t). And I answer some questions on obtaining feathers for tying soft hackles, best boxes for large bass flies, how to rig for tightline nymphing, leaders for smallmouths, and whether a graphite rod can fatigue after a day catching more than 10 carp from 10 to 20 pounds in weight (no one is feeling sorry for that guy).

Jun 15, 2017
Accuracy in fishing for redfish and other flats species with Lucas Bissett
01:18:55

I don’t know why redfish have the reputation of being easy to catch. Every one I have ever cast to was spooky and suspicious. I’ve also found that when casting to redfish, especially in the fascinating times when they’re tailing in shallow water, accuracy is key. And I don’t mean in the general area. You need to place the fly in exactly the right spot based on which direction the fish is facing. Want to find out more about gaining accuracy on redfish? You’ll have to listen to this week’s podcast, where I interview Orvis Saltwater Guide of the Year Lucas Bissett of Slidell, Louisiana. In the Fly Box this week, I try to answer questions on tides and currents in salt water, color of leader material, an old fly dressing formula, the Hopper Twitch, feather clippings, and how to reconcile the feeling of getting skunked (my wife and fishing buddies will tell you I don’t do this well).

Jun 09, 2017
Tom Interviews legendary author John Gierach
01:12:34

In this week’s podcast I have the pleasure of chatting with John Gierach, probably the most popular fly-fishing writer in the world (based on the fact that all 18 of his books are still in print!)  It’s likely that most fly fishers have read John’s work, but it’s a pleasure to hear his voice and some of his thoughts on today’s fly-fishing world.  In The Fly Box, we have some thought-provoking questions this week:  whether it makes sense to use a loop knot on a dry fly, whether a three-turn blood knot is enough, how to keep a bass leader from twisting, another cool trick with a rubber band, how to keep your emergers floating properly in the surface film, how to catch freshwater drum, and what kinds of fly lines you need for fishing a Canadian lake in midsummer.

May 26, 2017
The Wonders of the Midwest’s Driftless Region with Mat Wagner
01:26:26

This week’s podcast is a tour of the wonders of the Midwest’s Driftless Region, where small trout streams abound, trout are plentiful, and public access abounds. What could be better? Guide Mat Wagner tells all in this podcast that helped me vicariously enjoy his region (it’s at the top of my wish list). In the Fly Box, we had some particularly interested questions this week: Using night vision goggles for trout fishing, how to keep a record of streamside insects you find, disappearing brook trout, fighting big fish, catching sea trout on a fly, and the effectiveness of fishing bait using a fly rod.

May 18, 2017
Lessons learned from the Friends of the Upper Delaware River with Jeff Skelding
01:10:05

In the fly box this week we have questions on making your own braided leaders, boorish behavior on trout streams, the effect of melting snow on fishing, how to test a new fly, the ethics of using a guide to find a spot and then fishing it on your own (don’t do it), and a mystery caller at the end.

This week I also share an interview with Jeff Skelding, executive director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR). This is a very effective regional conservation organization that after years of difficult relations with local public officials, state and regional water authorities, and highway departments, has gradually formed very effective partnerships with them. We can all learn from their advice and experience when it appears that conservation and property seem to be at odds. It does not have to be a zero-sum game.

May 11, 2017
Fly-Fishing the Bahamas with Chris Dombrowski
54:31

This week I interview Chris Dombrowski, author, poet, and fishing guide. Chris's book Body of Water is one of my favorite fly fishing books--even though it is more about people than fishing. Learn how a guy with the rough hands of a fishing guide and the soul of a poet thinks about our crazy world.

We have all listener email this week as the phone calls I had were not the types of questions I can answer in this podcast (where should I fish, etc). WE do have some great questions on rod and reel maintenance and weather, nymphing, how much are "collectors'" flies worth, chemicals in fly-tying material and more.

Apr 24, 2017
Facebook Live Show; Orvis's New Snips and Viewer Questions
39:54

This is a bit different from regular shows. This is the audio from a Facebook LIVE video show Tom did last week about Orvis' new snips and he also takes questions on various topics.

The sound quality is not as high as other shows.

If you want to skip the snips presentation, skip ahead about five minutes. You can see the video version and other videos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/orvisflyfishing/videos

Apr 21, 2017
Fly-Fishing in Cuba with Felipe Rodriguez
01:01:33

In this week’s podcast, I was honored to have Felipe Rodriguez in the studio. Felipe is the head guide for the Orvis trips to Cuba, and is one of the most highly respected guides in Cuba, both for his knowledge of the fishery and for his education efforts with the younger generation of Cuban guides. He had never seen snow before, and arrived in Vermont and New York City in the middle of our biggest snowstorm of the winter. It was an exciting time for us and for Felipe.

Also this week, in the Fly Box, we talk more about Mop Flies, basic saltwater patterns, wrist braces for fly fishers with tendonitis, UV and fluorescent materials, and advice for the younger generation of fly fishers.

Apr 14, 2017
Fixed | Fishing High-Water Spring Runoff for Trout with Landon Mayer
01:01:40

In this week’s podcast, our guest is the very savvy guide and writer Landon Mayer from central Colorado. Landon is the author of four books on fly fishing, numerous magazine articles, and you may have caught one of his presentations at a fly-fishing show. He’s also a hard-working guide. Landon gives us his special tips for taking advantage of the high water of spring runoff—something most of us try to avoid but with Landon’s guidance you might welcome these conditions. In The Fly Box, we talk about casting practice, the use of two indicators, fishing for landlocked salmon in lakes, Woolly Buggers for steelhead, and a heartwarming story about catching a steelhead despite adverse conditions.

Mar 20, 2017
Fishing Early Spring Midges in Tailwaters with Pat Dorsey
01:25:42

In this week’s podcast, I have the pleasure of picking Pat Dorsey’s brain on winter and early spring midge fishing in tailwaters. Pat is one of our foremost experts on small fly fishing, and is known far and wide as a guide, writer, fly tier, and presenter. Plus he’s just a cool guy. In the Fly Box this week, we have a surprise guest talking about an infamous bumper sticker, the difference between tippet material and regular fishing line, estimating how big trout get in small streams, a couple of dubbing techniques, how to find seam leaks in waders, avoiding tangles in two-fly rigs (don’t expect any brilliant ideas), and using stripping baskets with Spey rods.

Mar 06, 2017
Reid Interviews Tom Rosenbauer about intersection of Bird Hunting and Fly Fishing
29:47

Hi- This is Jamie Hathaway. I produce both the Orvis fishing and hunting podcasts. I thought you might like to hear Reid Bryant's interview with Tom over on the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast. 

Subscribe to the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast on iTunes or at www.orvis.com/podcasts!

Reid Bryant shares the booth with Orvis legend and avid hunter Tom Rosenbauer. Best known for his fly-fishing books, fly patterns, and host role with the Orvis Fly-fishing Podcast, Tom is a wealth of knowledge about Orvis and the sporting resources of southern Vermont. Reid and Tom discuss, dogs, ducks, and the symbiotic nature of being a fly angler as well as a bird hunter.

Mar 05, 2017
Tom's Big Break
57

Orvis CEO Perk Perkins gave Tom an important job and Tom is excited to show him the results.

 

Feb 28, 2017
Local Guide Secrets for California Steelhead and Trout with John Rickard
01:28:27

This week’s podcast interview is with John Rickard, Orvis-Endorsed Guide with Wild Waters Fly Fishing in Shasta, California. Our main topic is winter steelhead in California, but John also gives us some helpful insights on California trout fishing as well. In The Fly Box, we ramble through topics like when to anchor a drift boat and when to keep moving, packing your gear for trips, weighting flies, Softex vs. epoxy, the difference between switch rods and long single-handed rods, and the importance of white nymphs. We also get a stern warning on road-killed songbird feathers—spoiler—even possessing them is a federal felony. Yikes!

Feb 07, 2017
[Video] Tom's New Book, Fly Fishing for Trout--The Next Level
05:13

One of the most common questions I get on this podcast and in person is "how can i take my fishing to the next level?".

My new book, "Fly Fishing for Trout--The Next Level" is out and I'm really proud of it.

I made this video to tell you why I wrote the book and how it can help you have more fun on the water.

I hope you check it out!

Feb 06, 2017
Rare, Unusual, and Under Utilized Fly Tying Materials with Tim Flagler
01:39:35

I am betting that this week’s podcast will be one of the most popular of the year. Entitled “Rare, Unusual, and Under-Utilized Fly Tying Materials” it’s an interview with superb videographer and fly tier Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. As typically happens with us, we go off on some crazy tangents but it’s all about fly tying and it gets a bit geeky. Which I have found that lots of our listeners enjoy. And if that’s not enough, the Fly Box covers carrying a second rod on the river, picking hackle capes, DT vs. WF lines (again!), fall-spawning rainbows, casting leaders with heavy flies and weight on them, midging trout during the winter, night-fishing tips, and fluoro vs. nylon for tippets.

Jan 28, 2017
Tactical Fly-Fishing Techniques with Jesse Haller
01:35:04

We get many questions about tactical nymphs, tactical fishing, and tactical hooks. What do we mean by this? Listen this week as we talk to Jesse Haller, resident Orvis Tactical Master. We’ll be talking about tying tactical flies and using tactical hooks. And Jesse will give up his go-to fly patterns and tell us how to tie them. Also in the fly box this week we explore fly fishing for largemouths and smallmouths, swinging flies for big brown trout, winter fly fishing, how to measure leader sections, how to pick a trout net and how to use it, and whether “western” fly patterns can be used in the East.

Jan 22, 2017
Top-Secret Steelhead Tips with Stefan Woodruff
01:27:17

In this podcast Stefan Woodruff, Orvis-endorsed guide with Ellensburg Anglers in Washington State, reveals (some of) his secrets to catching steelhead, plus an overview of ths steelhead opportunities in his state. Trout anglers will also enjoy his tips on fishing the Yakima River, tips that should work anywhere. In The Fly Box we range from tying gel-spun backing to fly line, how to fish with a friend and really fish together, what to do if you get snagged on a small stream, hooking fish on fiberglass rods, identifying jumping fish, what materials to save for fly tying from hunting trips, how to avoid drag when fishing to fish in a slow pocket on the other side of fast current. I also decline to give marital advice to one listener.

Dec 28, 2016
Trouble in the Everglades
01:38:49

This podcast is an interview with an old friend and fishing buddy, Mike Connor of Bullsugar.org. Mike is a fishing guide whose livelihood has been threatened by the inaction and foot-dragging of politicians on the Lake Okeechobee/Everglades water issues, as Mike’s home waters are at the mouth of the St. Lucie River. We don’t like to talk politics in the podcast but unfortunately this issue, one of the biggest environmental issues in the United States, needs a political solution as the science has been completed, the funds have been approved by voters and Congress—but somehow not much has happened. Of course we also talk lots of fishing in this podcast, with a clarification on what the Tactical Fly and hook series is, why few flies are colored white, the five easiest but effective trout flies to tie, lots of discussion on head cements for fly tying, more on sight-fishing for trout, casting off to the side,—and other earth-shaking issues.

Dec 27, 2016
Advanced Steelhead Tips with Chuck Hawkins (fixed)
01:35:33

This week I interview Chuck Hawkins, one of the most experienced Great Lakes steelhead guides, who also travels the world in search of trout and other species when he’s not guiding steelheaders. As usual when talking to such an experienced guide, I discovered many cool tips and tricks I had never thought of. I’m sure you’ll find this podcast educational, whether you fish for steelhead in the Great Lakes or on the West Coast—or even if you fish for non-migratory trout with nymphs and streamers. Lots of these techniques translate well. In the Fly Box, we answer questions on deeply-hooked trout, straightening tippets, casting on grass, sight-fishing for trout, avoiding crowds, bite tippets for pike and pickerel, fishing in the middle of the day, and other little tidbits.

Dec 11, 2016
Urban Fy-Fishing with Jen Ripple
01:36:31

This week I have a delightful interview with the energetic Jen Ripple, publisher of Dun Magazine. She has some exciting news about her magazine that you’ll discover in the podcast. But the podcast is not about magazines, it’s about urban fly fishing, specifically Midwestern urban fly fishing. Jen is well versed on this subject, and I know you’ll enjoy some of her wild stories and you’ll learn a bunch about how to seek out these gems in the middle of heavy industry. Also in the Fly Box we discuss loops on fly lines, whether fly fishing is better than spin fishing, what to do with poorly tied flies from your earlier attempts, how to target big brook trout, how to avoid spooking trout, when it’s OK to reel your line-to-leader connection inside your guides, how to avoid foul-hooking fish—and lots of other tidbits.

Dec 02, 2016
Advanced Steelhead Tips with Damon Newpher
01:41:38

This week’s podcast is on Great Lakes steelhead fishing, in particular the tributaries to Lake Erie. Damon Newpher, longtime Orvis-endorsed guide, gives us some advanced tips on some of the techniques he uses, which should work on all Great Lakes tribs. You’ll be surprised at some of the techniques he uses, including a dry dropper rig, nymph rigs, and of course his secrets for swinging flies. Also in the fly box this week we tackle questions like tips for fishing nymphs deep in weedy waters, drift boat anchors, how to cast a large fly on a relatively light rod, migrating trout, fishing near redds, weed guards on flies, cigarette smoke and trout, and the dreaded mop fly.

Nov 18, 2016
The Truth About False Albacore
01:21:42

I’m just back from a wonderful trip to Cape Cod fishing for false albacore with my old friend Captain Tony Biski (http://www.orvis.com/p/monomoy-fly-fishing-capt-tony-biski-ma/8c91 ) and have been wanting to do a podcast with Peter Jenkins from The Saltwater Edge in Newport, Rhode Island. Since he’s an albie expert, it seemed like the perfect week to talk about these wonderful fish. Peter and I don’t agree on all aspects of albie fishing—but that’s what makes fly fishing interesting and fun. In the Fly Box, we have questions about snorkel observations of trout streams, suggestions on how to tie on a fly in fading light, a mystery about losing a potential monster trout, when to lose the shot and indicator when nymph fishing, a bunch of questions about what fly rod to pick, and the strongest backing-to-fly-line connection. Plus a touching story from a listener in the UK.

Oct 10, 2016
Late Season Carp Techniques, with Dan Fraiser
01:19:49

I always enjoy doing podcasts with Dan Frasier. He’s always upbeat, often very funny, and is one of the most insightful carp anglers I know. He’s also the author of The Orvis Beginner’s Guide to Carp Flies http://www.orvis.com/p/the-orvis-beginners-guide-to-carp-flies/2ef7 , which I think is a misleading title because his book is THE authority on carp flies and is a favorite with many expert carp anglers. Dan talks about how potentially the best carp fishing of the year lies ahead of us, something I was not aware of. I always thought carp fishing was best in the heat of summer, but you’ll discover in this podcast that you have a lot more to look forward to—and Dan will tell you how and why. And of course we have an installment of the Fly Box, covering such esoteric topics as fishing with dogs, trout in Mexico, jumping trout, sinking lines for trout, and how to fish a difficult tail of a pool.

Sep 19, 2016
Tom's first LIVE Facebook Show
01:02:16

Tom takes your questions in his first live show on Facebook!

Aug 19, 2016
Where can I legally fish and where am I trespassing? With Land Tawney
01:10:44

Where can I legally fish and where am I trespassing? What is considered navigable water? Who owns the water and the fish in it? These are all questions answered in this week’s podcast by Land Tawney, CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, based in Missoula, Montana. What you’ll learn is that these answers vary with every state, and thus you must learn a new set of access laws every time you cross state lines. Also in the Fly Box this week we talk about how to fish a streamer, why dry/dry dropper rigs work, shelf life of fly-tying thread, underwater fish photos, tipping guides, the use of class tippets in salt water, whether you can put backing away wet, and other fun stuff.

Aug 13, 2016
Ten Hot Tips for August Trout Fishing
01:05:29

In this week’s podcast, I tackle the subject of “Ten Hot Tips for August Trout Fishing”, and I think there will be things for both beginners and experts in there. In the Fly Box, we discuss such diverse topics as deer hair choice in fly tying, 7-piece rods, rubbing flies in the mud, imitation jungle cock, tippet ring setup, moving from Tenkara to conventional “Western” rods, spooked trout, jumping carp, and how to pick the right guide.

Aug 02, 2016
Advanced Trout Techniqyes with Tom Brown
01:20:50

In response to requests for more advanced podcasts, this week I have an interview with Tom Brown, a master at technical trout fishing, long-time fishing manager in our Roanoke retail store, and now a member of our Outfitter Team (the great people who answer your technical fly fishing questions via phone, e-mail, or chat). Also in the fly box we cover whether a 3-weight is OK for an all-around Rocky Mountain rod, whether the absence of small fish in a pool indicates a big trout nearby, treble hooks for tube flies, switch rods from SUPs, the best sinking line for streams, terrestrials early in the season, and a bunch of other interesting questions.

Jun 27, 2016
Finding and catching stream smallmouth bass on a fly rod with Paul Caldwell
01:17:53

This week’s podcast feature smallmouth expert Paul Caldwell with his tips on finding and catching stream smallmouths on a fly rod. Paul is a specialist in the Outfitter area in our Roanoke customer service department, and handles technical questions for guides, dealers, and all anglers who have questions on tackle—or just plain fishing questions. As you’ll hear, we have a talented staff in Virginia with first-rate anglers manning our phone, e-mail, and chat lines. In the Fly Box this week, we talk about spooky brook trout, how much pressure a small stream can take, how to wash your waders, why stocked trout have banged-up fins and jaws, how to decide angling tactics based on habitat or trout species, ways to test your hook-setting abilities, and how to play a trout with a long leader.

Jun 07, 2016
Stillwater tips with Steve Yeomans
01:31:12

This week we have a loooong stillwater podcast, for those of you who have been requesting one.  Because the British are so more sophisticated in stillwater fishing than most North Americans (with the exception of anglers in the US Northwest and southwestern Canada) I turned to an expert from across the pond, Steve Yeomans, an expert stillwater guide and angler.  Steve goes into detail on how to find fish in lakes, gearing up, casting tricks, lines and leaders, retrieves, and of course flies.  It’s chock full of solid information.  Also in the fly box we discuss the best length for saltwater fly rods, trout fishing in rain and fog, landing trout that sulk in deep pools, landing trout on smaller hooks, parachute posts, and beads vs. cones on flies.  There are also two great suggestions from listeners and I re-answer one question where I thought I heard the caller say “tube flies in salt water” when he actually said “two flies in salt water”

Jun 01, 2016
Return of the Tenkara Sensei
01:17:01

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA, who did a basic Tenkara podcast last year when he was visiting us. We get into a little more detail on Tenkara, especially the use of sinking flies and all the ways you can manipulate them with this method. If you are curious about this method of fishing I think you’ll enjoy it. In The Fly Box this week, we had a wide range of topics, like how to hook snakehead on a fly, which sling bag to pick, how to fish streamers, a tip on curing UV resins, whether the flex or action of the rod affects your hooking ability, and which direction salmon face when they are returning to the ocean.

May 18, 2016
Keep 'em Wet: Best Practices for Catch and Release
01:13:49

In this podcast I tell a story about getting caught playing Hendrickson hooky by two owners of the Orvis Company. Plus various assorted Fly Box questions like keeping rainbows on the hook when they jump, how to remove flies from deep in a trout’s mouth, how Eastern and Western waters differ in early season, fly fishing alongside spin-fishing buddies—plus the main podcast, in which Paul Moinester of Keep ‘Em Wet and I talk about best practices for releasing fish.

May 08, 2016
Early Spring Fishing in Florida with Cpt Dave Pecci
52:52

This week we visit with Captain Dave Pecci about early spring fishing in the Charlotte Harbor area of Florida. WE also talk once again about the current water quality issue in Florida. You may all be sick of hearing about it, but other than climate change the Everglades issue is one of the most serious immediate threats to both our freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. But don?t worry, we also talk about catching redfish, speckled trout, and snook. In The Fly Box this week we cover a broad range of topics, from the Eastern Green Drake hatch to small-stream steelhead tactics to the advantages of fiberglass rods.

Apr 18, 2016
The New Lord of the Flies
01:10:46

Tom sits down with Orvis' new fly guru, Jesse Haller to discuss (of course) flies as well as competitive fly fishing. / / In the Fly Box, Tom takes your questions ranging from scented flies to broken rods.

Apr 08, 2016
Fishing the Everglades with Jason Sullivan
01:06:04

This week I have an interview with Captain Jason Sullivan, who fishes out of Flamingo in south Florida and covers both the southern Everglades and Florida Bay.  We talk a lot about tarpon, but also redfish, snook, sea trout, cobia, and even tripletail.  On the second part of the interview we talk about the longstanding ecological problems in south Florida, caused by man-made diversion of fresh water from the Everglades and Florida Bay and the over-abundance of human-directed fresh water on places on both the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coasts.  It’s a hot topic these days because of the high water conditions in Lake Okeechobee that are creating even more flows of polluted fresh water  than usual.  The Everglades belong to all of us, and anyone who loves this vast wild place should be concerned about what is going on in Florida.  So please don’t turn off the podcast after we get done talking about tarpon fishing.

 

In the Fly Box, we range from spring high water issues to tippet knots, line-to-leader connections, and magnetized fly hooks.  And, of course, imitating freshwater clams for carp fishing.  Would not be a proper podcast with a clam-eating carp question.

Mar 11, 2016
Using Science to Catch More Bonefish with Justin Lewis
01:35:45

This week I interview Justin Lewis, fisheries scientist and native of Grand Bahama Island, who is the Bahamas Initiative Manager for Bonefish Tarpon Trust.  You’ll learn some fascinating science, what the Bahamas is doing to protect their near-pristine habitat, and some tips on catching bonefish based on the science we’ve learned from BTT’s research.  In the fly box, we talk about storing waders, head cement, swinging flies, coiling line, where to attach droppers, fishing PCB-contaminated waters, indicator types, wet knot strength in tippet, and how to keep dry flies floating upright.  Plus we have a couple great tips submitted by listeners.

Feb 21, 2016
The Golden Rules of Fly-Tying with Dave Klausmeyer
01:27:57

This week the main part of the podcast is a long interview with Dave Klausmeyer, editor of Fly Tier Magazine.  He talks about his Golden Rules of Fly Tying and then also gives his 10 Cannot-Do-Without natural and synthetic materials.  If you keep count you will find that Klausmeyer is even worse at addition than I am.

In The Fly Box, we ramble from fishing soft hackles to checking fly lines and backing for damage.  There are also a couple questions about finding big rainbow trout feeding in still, shallow water.  And we have a couple great lists of suggestions from listeners—one on ways to carry a second rod when wading; the other on “Suggestions for a novice from a kinda novice.”  If I keep getting great responses like this from listeners I can let them take over the whole podcast!

Feb 01, 2016
Winter Fly Patterns and Trout Tactics with Tim Flagler
01:45:46

By very popular demand, this week I have Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions as my guest and we ramble about—guess what?—fly tying.  But not all tying, in fact I think we talk as much about winter trout tactics as we do winter fly patterns.  But I know after this podcast I have a half dozen new flies I want to try in the coming season.  Also, in a longer-than-usual Fly Box section this week (hopefully to make up for not having many podcasts in December) we talk about sharpening scissors, tying the Adams, hooking fish, 10 fly-fishing books I recommend, caddis nymphs, knots for tube flies, UK wild trout, carrying a second rod while wading, and lots more.

Jan 11, 2016
More on Steelhead and Demystifying Two-Handed Casting with Jason Cotta
01:26:41

In this week’s podcast, we continue our series on steelhead fishing by going into even more detail on demystifying the terms used in two-handed casting, when to use a Spey or a switch rod, and lots of detail on lines for two-handed rods, because it is a whole new world with new vocabulary.  But take heart—Jason Cotta, fishing manager of Orvis Bellevue, walks us through the details and explains them very clearly.  He also gives some solid tips for the novice steelhead angler.  In The Fly Box, we cover dealing with road kill squirrel’s tail, small stream rods, saltwater fly lines, difficult albies in shallow water, fly pattern trademarks and royalties, fish leverage on various types of hooks, the life of nylon tippet, bobber alternatives, and the effects of drought on small stream trout populations.

Dec 08, 2015
Catching the Challenging Michigan Steelhead with Frank Willets
01:06:22

This week I have an interview with Frank Willets of Pere Marquette River Lodge on Michigan steelhead fishing.  Frank grew up fishing in Michigan and knows the ins and outs of Great Lakes steelheading intimately.  I know you’ll pick up some tips and this one is sure to be controversial because on the PM they use the chuck & duck method quite often and make no bones about it (they also swing flies in the traditional manner).  We’ll also answer questions on why you seldom see hatches, how to play steelhead, pre-treatments for dry flies, “must fish” rivers for swinging flies, two-handed rods for the Florida surf, streamers in low water, what part of a deer hide to save, and other bizarre questions only a fly fisher could love.

Nov 22, 2015
Steelhead Alley with Greg Senyo
01:13:41

For this week’s podcast we have an interview with author, guide, fly designer, and master steelheader Greg Senyo, who grew up in the Steelhead Alley region and knows it intimately.  If you are heading to Lake Erie this year, or to any of the Great Lakes tributaries, you’ll find some solid tips on how to have more fun.  In the Fly Box this week we talk about “dry fly nirvana”, where to go on a Rocky Mountain trout trip (I don’t give any recommendations and I say why I don’t), how to catch suckers and carp in a trout stream, tying flies with silk, keeping your pant legs down when wearing waders, why expensive sunglasses are worth it, tips on tying Glo Bugs, the benefits of micro jig hooks, and why dry flies sometime twist your tippet.

Oct 27, 2015
Steelhead Tips with Adam MacNamara
01:15:52

This week’s podcast is worth listening to, just for the entertainment value of hearing a listener say he doesn’t listen to many of the podcasts because I “speak too slowly as if you are a grade school teacher teaching remedial students”  and that “Words or ideas that are so basically common knowledge of this sport need no explanation.  For example, if one of your listeners doesn’t know what a tippet is, they should look it up elsewhere and not waste the other listeners’ time with a long, slooow, and overdrawn explanation”  So take that, you dummies!  Use Google and don’t bother me with your basic questions.  Are you bothered by this?  Or do you have a different opinion?  If so, please listen to the podcast and then come back to this post to air your comments.  If I’m boring you I want to hear about it.

Oh, yeah, and my long overdrawn explanations this week cover right-angle nymph rigs, rotary vises, lines for bonefish, year class dominance in trout, why there is no magic fly for a hatch, tying the Surf Candy, and much more.  And the main event is an interview with Adam MacNamara, manager of the Orvis retail store in Portland Oregon and longtime steelhead angler and guide.  And you’ll never guess what we talk about…

Oct 10, 2015
Fly-Fishing in Colder Conditions with John Herzer
01:08:19

This week the main event is a chat with John Herzer, owner of Blackfoot River Outfitters and one of the savviest anglers and guides I know.  John talks about late fall and winter fishing in the Missoula area, although the solid tips he gives would work anywhere in the world when you encounter colder conditions.  Also in the Fly Box we discuss wet flies vs. nymphs and when to use them, single-handed steelhead rods that also work for bass and salt water, night fishing for rainbow trout (don’t), native fish species, and my brilliant career picking flies out of carpets.

 

Sep 29, 2015
Spey Casting Simplified (kind of)
01:25:39

This week we had lots of great questions in the Fly Box because I have not done a podcast in a few weeks—so there were lots of good ones in my inbox.  We talk about using the Non-Slip Mono Loop knot for fresh water, tippet rings, tough rising fish, Depth Charge Lines, fly boxes for big dries, click-and pawl reels for trout, up vs. down vs. ring eyes for fly hooks—plus two great suggestions from listeners:  one on casting fatigue and the other on a very innovative way to dry CDC flies.

And in the main event, casting instructor extraordinaire Pete Kutzer and I try to simplify Spey casting and lines for two-handed rods.  I am not sure we simplified it much but hopefully it will answer some of your questions.

Sep 20, 2015
Stillwater Tips with Bill Reed
01:18:16

 

In the podcast this week, I have the pleasure of interviewing my old friend and co-worker Bill Reed on stillwater trout fishing.  We get requests for stillwater podcasts regularly but honestly I’m not very good at stillwater  trout fishing and just don’t do it enough.  Bill gives us his 8 tips for stillwater fishing, and whether you are an expert at this discipline or just thinking about it, you’ll get many valuable tips.  Also on the Fly Box this week we ramble about night fishing, streamer fishing, how to organize your fly box, how to catch fall landlocked salmon, dry/dropper combinations, wire leaders, parachute hackles, and landing fish in the weeds.

Aug 15, 2015
Lessons from the Missouri with Chris Strainer
01:17:02

 

In this week’s podcast we talk to Chris Strainer, owner of Crosscurrents Fly Shop in Craig, Montana.  Chris fills us in on how to beat both the heat and the crowds on one of our most popular trout rivers, the Missouri.  He has some great tips on this, as well as suggestions for fall fishing opportunities when the crowds are gone and the weather is cooler. 

In the Fly Box we talk about mending with a dry fly, fishing emergers and wets upstream, prospecting with smaller flies, losing fish when they jump, protecting rubber legs on crab patterns, casting fatigue, big fish on light rods…and many other crazy topics.

Aug 08, 2015
Tom's Ten Tips to Beat the Heat
47:27

This week I give Ten Tips for Trout Anglers to Beat the Heat, I think a timely topic with the weather we have had lately.  In the Fly Box, we also talk more about fly lines for bass, when to change a dropper fly if only one pattern is working, whether it is OK to harvest small brook trout for lunch, how to decide amongst the thousands of attractor patterns, best flies for perch, “RADD” (river ADD), how to practice for trout on your local panfish lake, and best rods for kayak fishing.

 

 

Jul 12, 2015
Perk Perkins on Fly Lines
57:11

 

This week I have the pleasure of interviewing our CEO Perk Perkins, who as you know if you listen to the podcasts is a big leader and tippet geek.  He also has strong opinions on floating trout lines, and in the podcast he talks about why he loves textured lines and what taper he prefers and why.  Also in the fly box we discuss upstream and downstream mends, what happens during a crazy olive hatch, slack line under your rod tip, setting the hook too aggressively, fishing saltwater flies for trout, and lots of other good questions.

Jul 01, 2015
Smallmouth Bass Tips with Kip Vieth
01:04:52

This week my guest is one of our top warmwater fly fishing experts.  You probably know of Kip Vieth as a muskie guide, as he is one of the most famous fly-rod muskie anglers.  But his first love is smallmouth bass, and it’s fascinating that his location is the most famous river in the United States, the Mississippi River.  He fishes the upper river where the water is clear and the location is unspoiled by the endless development we think of when we imagine the Mississippi.  As well as discovering his unique part of the world, you’ll also pick up many tips on catching smallmouth bass anywhere.

In the Fly Box section I try to answer some questions on targetting carp,, alternatives to wire when fishing for muskie, using flies with a spin rod, my "method" when approaching a river, and more.

Jun 17, 2015
Finding and Catching Redfish with Captain Tuck Scott
01:09:15

 

This week we’ll travel to the Low Country of South Carolina to interview Captain Tuck Scott, who is a master at finding redfish along the South Carolina coast.  In addition, historic Beaufort sounds like an amazing place for a family vacation, so this one might be a trip to plan where fishing is only part of the plan.  Tuck gives us plenty of intelligence on finding and catching redfish in the Low Country, and also some special redfish tips that will work anywhere.  In the Fly Box this week we talk about missed fish on downstream wet flies, fish chasing streamers but not connecting, organizing fly-tying materials, the benefits of hiring a guide, and tips for fishing scuds on spring creeks.

May 27, 2015
Return of the Tenkara Master
59:09

Last week we were fortunate to have Daniel Galhardo, owner of Tenkara USA visit our office and he had a few minutes to stop by for a podcast interview.  In this week’s discussion, he talks about what he has learned since his original podcast with us, especially about fly patterns and the rationale for using a single fly.  He also talks about—gasp—fishing a huge streamer from Shawn Combs’ drift boat with his Tenkara rod.  So much for being a purist.

 

Even if you are not interested in Tenkara fishing you will probably find something of interest in this week’s podcast.  We tackle questions about rinsing gear after saltwater use, how much backing to put on a reel with a sinking line, the use of stinger hooks on saltwater flies, fishing lake-run browns and steelhead in the Great Lakes in estuaries, whether metal studs spook trout, and a great tip from a listener for cleaning your fly tying bench.

May 11, 2015
The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2015
53:25

 

In this week’s podcast, we were fortunate to have Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers, in town for a visit.  Bob and I got to chat about their “10 Most Endangered Rivers” list for this year, and he goes into detail on the ones most important to fly anglers.  If you care about moving water, this is a must-listen.  Also, in the Fly Box this week, questions range from whether switch lines spook fish, whether to go back to the head of a pool after catching a big rainbow there, whether it is ethical to remove streamside brush in small streams, how to pick the right glass rod, and how to tell if your local river holds big fish.

May 03, 2015
Fishing the Tailwaters of Eastern Tennessee with Patrick Fulkrod, the 2014 Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year
01:07:41

 

On this week’s podcast Patrick Fulkrod, the 2014 Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year, gives us a very full accounting of fly fishing on the east Tennessee tailwaters, specifically the Watauga and South Holston rivers.  He spills some of his secrets on hatches, seasons, water levels, and special techniques.  In the Fly Box, we have questions on trimming hackle for dry flies, hackles to use on saltwater flies, how to set the hook on downstream fish, what to do on an unfamiliar river, crane fly larvae, how to fish nymphs for cutthroats in over 15 feet of water in a river (my advice—don’t), and finally how you can lose weight and get in better shape by listening to the podcast.

Apr 17, 2015
Bill & Tom's Excellent Fly Lists
55:06

 

This week I have been asked to narrow my fly selection to three nymphs, dries, emergers, and streamers with one hand tied behind my back because the guy who wrote the question said I couldn’t use any of the old standbys (and he even specified them, most of which I would have picked).  So I dug deep and also asked my fishing buddy and co-worker Bill Reed to come in and discuss his favorites to see how our lists match.  Also in the fly box this week are questions about spotting fish in the water, how to keep a trout on the line once you have hooked it, how to spend $1500 wisely after your first year of fly fishing, and fly line color.  In addition, we have a couple great letters from listeners offering suggestions on eye safety and fishing the UK chalk streams on a budget.

Apr 06, 2015
The Best of Tom: Upstream or Down
49:42

Every now and then, when Tom is too busy fishing to get into the studio, we release one of his more popular shows. Here is a great one he recorded on May 28,2013,

In this episode we explore the topic of whether you should fish upstream or down, not only what direction you should move but also which way you present your fly.  The podcast will tell you exactly which direction to fish every time you go out by using a simple formula (just kidding—did you really think it would be that easy?) 

In the fly box we answer questions about setting the hook (again), what length rod to use (again), adding tippets to knotless leaders (again), what to do about minnows sinking your dry flies (aha!  A new one and a fun one, too), and how to improve your roll cast by using a different line.  I keep answering those repeated topics because it seems they are universal questions and sometimes a different question or slant on a question may make it more clear to listeners.  Have fun!

Apr 01, 2015
Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast: Over-Unders vs SIde-by-Sides
25:11

This week we are including the most recent episode  of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast with Reid Bryant. If you enjoy the show, please go to orvis.com/podcast and subscribe.

In this episode, Reid interviews fomer Orvis gun smith, John Skinner on the age-aold controversy of side-by-side vs. over-under shotguns.  He interviews John Skinner, former Orvis Head Gunsmith and Shooting instructor.  He relays the nuances of one format versus another and goes into some of the history as well.

Mar 27, 2015
Our Leader on Leaders: Tom Interviews Perk Perkins
01:06:29

Tom interviews his boss, Orvis CEO Perk Perkins on leaders. Don't let the CEO title fool you, the guy knows his stuff.

Would you like to be on the show? Tom tells you how to win a new contest and be one of our next guests.

Also, Tom answers lots of your questions in the Fly Box.

Mar 16, 2015
The Ultimate Streamer Episode -- until our next one -- with Mike Schmidt
01:41:32

 

This week I have a long and fascinating interview with Mike Schmidt, designer of such giant trout streamers as the Junkyard Dog.  He gives up his secrets on when to fish a giant streamer (and when not to), what techniques he uses, and also some tips on tying these flies and why he designs them the way he does.  I don’t think I have learned so much in a podcast in a long time and I hope you find it as inspiring and interesting as I need.  I am ready to charge out there with some giant streamers right away.  In the Fly Box this week, we range from catching smallmouth bass in clear lakes to catching stocked trout and channel catfish in Houston, how to get more involved in the fly-fishing industry, whether or not wings are necessary on a dry fly, and much more.

Mar 08, 2015
A Lifetime of Trout
53:08

This week I interview my old friend Kirk Deeter about Trout Unlimited’s Lifetime membership.  This is a great gift for yourself or for a special person in your life (people often gift these to their kids for a special occasion) and this year the thank-you for the lifetime membership is a special Orvis Helios 2 Rod and limited-run CFO reel in Trout Unlimited’s green color.  You can see how this rod was built in the video of our rod shop here: https://vimeo.com/116177056

 

Kirk and I do talk some fishing, and there is lots more in The Fly Box.  Questions about the value of emergers, chest packs vs. waist packs vs. sling bags vs. vests, realistic vs. impressionistic flies, and the value of UV materials in fly tying are just some of the quick topics we cover.

Mar 01, 2015
The Lord of the Flies Returns
01:10:25

 

In this week’s podcast, we continue our series on fly tying with an interview with a man sometimes known as The King of Swing for his steelheading skills, but he also has been called Lord of the Flies.  Shawn Brillon is in charge of flies and fly tying materials at Orvis, and as a result he has his pulse on what is going on in the wild world of making bugs on hooks.  Our topic this week is natural vs. synthetic materials—when you want one or the other, which ones Shawn and I can’t live (or at least tie) without), and the future of fly-tying materials.  In The Fly Box this week, we answer questions on the best rod for smallmouth bass, how to prospect unknown waters in the spring, whether older fly fishing tackle puts you at any disadvantage, non-toxic wire as a substitute for lead, uses for antelope hair, and a great reader suggestion to add to my list of “10 Things I Wish I had Known When I Started Fly Tying” from last week.

Feb 06, 2015
10 Things I Wish I had Known About Fly-Tying When I Started
49:01

 

On the podcast this week I am all by myself--it's a topic I've been asked to address before and didn't require a special guest.  It's entitled "10 Things I Wish I had Known About Fly Tying when I Started", and although fly tying is a never-ending journey, I thought I would share some thoughts with listeners with the hope they will pick up on these tips, tricks, and materials quicker than I did--although some of them were not even around when I started tying almost 50 years ago!  Also in The Fly Box this week we talk about the "X" system for describing hook shank length, whether to crimp the barbs on saltwater hooks, strategies for filling fly boxes during the winter, when to let a dead fish float away, how to remove the smell of head cement from recently tied flies (a great listener suggestion!), and how to determine which side of a feather is the "shiny" side.

Jan 30, 2015
Fly-Tying Tips with Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions
01:31:40

 

This week I ramble a bit with fly tying expert Tim Flagler, the hands and the voice behind those great Tightline Productions you enjoy every week.  We did intend to talk about material substitutions and we do, but we also go off topic here and there.  Also in this week’s Fly Box:  Does one spooked fish ruin an entire pool?  Can I start right out fly fishing in salt water with no other fishing experience?  How do I avoid a rat’s nest in the sink when cleaning my fly line? How to become a commercial fly tier.  Best materials for parachute wings.  And, finally, advice from an experienced commercial airline pilot on how to travel with fly tying materials without being pulled out of the security line.

Jan 21, 2015
Tying Flies for Warm Water
01:32:07

 

In this week’s podcast, I interview Dan Frasier, noted fly-rod carp angler and writer, on tying flies for warm-water species.  But don’t miss it if you are not a fly tier because he also gives lots of tips for catching carp, largemouths, smallmouths, pike, walleye, and even gar on the fly.  And even if you don’t tie flies for warmwater species, he also offers great stuff on tying bigger baitfish and crayfish imitations in general.  In The Fly Box, we range from where to where to go on your honeymoon to recommendations for my favorite brand of stepladder to other questions I can answer like what small-stream trout do in the winter, how to treat your flies in the off-season, clamp vs. pedestal vises, and much more.

Jan 16, 2015
Tom Interviews Hank Patterson
01:10:09

 

This week we celebrate our 5 millionth podcast download and what better way to celebrate than have my hero and mentor Hank Patterson as my guest?  As with all things Hank, you never know where you will end up so be prepared for this one!  On the serious side, this week in the podcast we talk about tips for tying the Adams, best rods for casting practice, whether or not you need a net to land trophy smallmouths, the pros and cons of UV-cure vs. two-part epoxy, and what to tell an outfitter if the guide he matches you up with is less than stellar.  Happy New Year!

Jan 06, 2015
Simon Says: A Guide to Guides
01:05:26

This week I interview Simon Perkins, youngest member of the Perkins family (the owners of Orvis) on our staff.  Simon is in charge of our travel, schools, hunting, and guide programs and was a guide himself in the past.  This week he gives valuable advice on picking the right guide or lodge—a big investment in time and money, and a decision you should not take lightly.  Also this week, in the Fly Box, we discuss the value of head cement, tippet rings, cleaning saltwater gear, and why you might want a Spey rod for winter steelhead.

Dec 19, 2014
Steelhead Tips with Dave Perkins
01:14:36

This week I interview Dave Perkins, one of the members of the family that owns Orvis and Executive Vice Chairman of Orvis.  Dave is one of the most well-traveled and experienced fly fishers I know, but he still enjoys fishing close to home as well.  In this case he is sharing his tips on catching Eastern, lake-run steelhead from smaller Great Lakes tributaries.  Dave has been doing this for many years so his tips are solid and helpful.

In the fly box, we talk about the ethics of fishing for spawning fish, how many turns to take on a clinch knot, tips on making dubbed bodies, Mysis shrimp, and use of sinking lines for nymph fishing.

Dec 05, 2014
The Secrets to a Good Fly-FIshing Video
57:31

In addition to your questions in the Fly Box, Tom is joined in the studio by Orvis News Editor, Phil Monahan. Tom and Phil discuss what makes a great fly-fishing video, touching on subjects such as the ideal length, the proper use of a GoPro, and considering the amount of profanity in your soundtrack.

Phil also introduces the new Orvis fly-fishing video theater, The Tug, which has been completely redesigned and updated, with over three hundred of the best videos online. Check it out at orvis.com/flyfishingvideos.

Nov 10, 2014
The Most Important Saltwater Podcast We've Don
01:22:35

In this episode, Orvis Vice-Chairman, Dave Perkins and I interview Whit Fosburgh about the impacts on our saltwater fisheries by recreational and commercial fishing and what the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is doing to help protect them. 

 

I had a lot of interesting emails this week and a couple of phone calls, so there is a bit of an extended Fly Box  section to answer all of your great questions.

Oct 24, 2014
The King of Swing
01:19:15

This week I interview Shawn Brillon, the King of Swing here at Orvis.  He’s a master at strategizing on swinging flies for both Atlantic salmon and steelhead, and his strategy works for trout streamers and wets as well.  It should serve to get you jazzed up for steelhead season—I know it did for me.  In the Fly Box, we talk about landlocked Atlantic salmon, best all-around line for a switch rod, a basic saltwater outfit and flies for almost anywhere in the world, plus I get pressed to pick which three fly rods I would pick if I could only have three for all of my fishing. 

Oct 03, 2014
West Coast Saltwater Fly-Fishing Tips
01:26:58

Did you know you can catch halibut on a fly rod in the Bay Area?  How about striped bass, surf perch, sand sharks, tiger sharks, and jack smelt?  Nathan Cooke of Orvis Sacramento gives us a great roundup of how to find these fish and how to catch them on a fly rod.  He also has some great tips or fly fishing in the surf that will be helpful in any coastal area.  In the Fly Box, we talk about tags ends for droppers, trout with full bellies, taking fish photos when you are in the middle of a river, how to pick a fly for a One Fly event, and a philosophy for a backup fly rod on trips—as well as a podcast listener who has been having dreams of conversations with Joe Humphreys!

Sep 22, 2014
Tailing Redfish with Aaron Adams
01:12:16

In this week’s podcast I interview my good friend and fishing buddy Aaron Adams on tailing redfish.  As a marine scientist, director of Bonefish Tarpon Trust, and a great all-around saltwater fly fisherman he gives some great tips on finding tailing (or otherwise) redfish and how to select a fly and present it to them.  On this week’s Fly Box we concentrate more on freshwater fly fishing, and cover such topics as cracked fly lines, night fishing for trout, circle hooks for streamers, and pigtails above knots on light tippets.  Then I try, unsuccessfully, to resolve a dispute between two brothers.

 

Sep 04, 2014
Bristol Bay and Heavy Metal Fly Fishing
01:17:23

This week we take a break from our typical how-to podcasts (don’t worry The Fly Box is in there this week, with tips on tippet material, keeping hands warm, and a what to pay most attention to in a fly-fishing class) and look at the passions of two very interesting people.  One is Scott Hed, from the Alaska Sportsman’s Alliance, with some really good news on the Bristol Bay issue and what you can do to finally put this to rest.  The other is an interview with the guitarist from a heavy metal rock band, what he gets out of fly fishing, and how he compares it to composing music.

Don’t worry, I have several upcoming podcasts in the hopper, with hard-core tips and tricks in them.

 

 

Aug 27, 2014
Tips for Catching Warm Weather Steelhead
01:27:19

 

In this week’s podcast, I interview my old friend Brian O’Keefe, founder of Catch Magazine, on tips for catching warm weather steelhead.  Brian is one of the best anglers and teachers around, and I think it’s a particularly helpful interview full of good solid information.  Plus it’s always fun to have Brian on the podcast.  In the fly box, we talk about “buddy fish”, the utility of stripping baskets, a recommended rod for moving up from trout fishing, plus other short topics. 

Aug 15, 2014
The Weather and its Impact on Fly Fishing
56:18

In this episode I interview my old friend Reynolds Wolff of the Weather Channel on the impact of weather on fishing conditions. As it usually happens on this show, we get off the main topic quite a bit. I am not sure who was interviewed more here, Reynolds or me, but we cover a lot of ground on various topics.

As usual, I answer your questions in the Fly Box.

Aug 11, 2014
Five Reasons for Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone (fixed)
01:25:21

 

After a hiatus for family vacation, a trade show, a tarpon trip, and just plain sloth and procrastination, we finally have a new podcast and it’s a long one, well over an hour.  In the podcast we talk about keeping hold of big brown trout, big browns chasing hooked fish, rusty hooks, broken hooks, and dubbing problems.  Quite an eclectic mix.  The main part of the podcast is “Five Reasons for Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone” and I think you’ll be surprised at some of the benefits of trying new places and new techniques.  There is a bonus feature of Big Pete Kutzer explain Tom’s big casting mistakes on long casts with big rod—hopefully pointing out my problems will help you as well.

Aug 05, 2014
Secrets to Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing in Big Lakes - with Steve Hollensed
01:26:39

This week, a few people take me to task for not answering questions properly (I have addressed them in this week’s podcast) and we also talk about nymph/adult size and color correlation in insects, how to carry a second rod, using poly leaders, whether keeping gear in a hot car will hurt it, and a bunch of other questions.  But the main event is a long conversation with Steve Hollensed from Texas on his secrets to largemouth bass fly fishing in big lakes.  Just to pique your interest, they are not always in deep water during the day, and fly selection is probably the least important decision you make.  So download this week’s episode and relax in an easy chair, cut the lawn, or make this week’s commute a little more tolerable.

Jun 19, 2014
East vs West with Jess McGlothlin
52:08

 

This week I have a chat with Jess McGlothlin—author, blogger, photographer, conservationist, and a very accomplished fly fisher.  She’s a Montana native and had her own business in the equestrian business before she fell in love with fly fishing and decided to devote her life to writing about it.  You have probably read pieces with Jess’s byline over the past few years, but you’ll be reading more of her in the future as we hired her last winter as our outdoor copywriter—but Jess adds so much more to our team than just words on paper or on a screen as you’ll learn in the interview, where we compare Eastern to Western fly fishing.  We have the usual fly box topics like when to wear landing gloves, when to use a “hitched” fly, how to set up your fishing vest, and a philosophy for tying or buying flies by size—in other words, if someone recommends Prince nymphs in sizes 14-18, can you just get away with a size 16?  In case you don’t get to the podcast until later in the week, I’m speaking at Orvis Pittsburgh this Thursday (June 12) on Fishing Small Streams at 3 pm and Reading the Water at 6 pm.  The seminars are free and I’ll be in the sore all day if you want to stop in and give me your podcast suggestions in person.  Should be fun and I am looking forward to it.

Jun 09, 2014
Tom's Eight Tips on Using Indicators
01:10:56

This week’s podcast is 8 tips on indicators—or probably more but I’m calling it 8 and sticking to it.  We’ll talk about types, depth, how to rig, weights, and a couple special tricks on how to slow down the drift of your nymphs.  In The Fly Box, we range from how to prepare for a saltwater trip to barbless hooks to sunken terrestrials to rod/reel balance.  And lots more—even without a special guest I rambled for over an hour this week so I hope I can cover at least one of your daily commutes or a lawn mowing session.

Jun 02, 2014
Fly Fishing for Pike and Musky with Colin McKeown
58:58

 

This week we have an advanced pike and musky podcast.  It’s about time for these toothy guys to prowl the shallows after spawning and they are ravenous.  But you might be surprised by the retrieve speed my expert suggests, as well as many other hot tips on catching pike, including tips on the best place in the world to catch big ones on the fly.  Colin McKeown, host and producer of The New Fly Fisher TV show (WFN and PBS) joins me this week as my expert witness.  We have a short fly box on tying streamer heads, getting your fly out of a tree, and a couple tips on how to choose between a graphite and fiberglass rod

May 19, 2014
Fishing for Freshwater Stripers with Henry Cowen
01:20:27

This week I had a great talk with Henry Cowen on freshwater stripers.  Henry is a saltwater angler and fly tier of great experience who brought his talents to freshwater stripers, and he has some wonderful tips for finding these big guys, flies to use, and techniques to get them to eat your fly.  Also, we have lots of good fly box questions on saltwater fly tying, bad loops on fly lines, and other tidbits.  Also a young listener takes me to task for banning cell phone calls to the request line and I should have known better.  He says the only people he knows who have land lines are his parents.  Guess I am showing my age, so please do use your cell phones for the podcast request line—just please not from your car and from a place with good service!

 

Note: A listener named Trevor called in with a great question about canoes vs kayaks. Please call again Trevor as we could not locate your call when it came time to produce the show.

May 10, 2014
Nymphing with Joe Humphreys
01:09:29

 

This week I don’t have much of a Fly Box, because I just have not been getting many questions from listeners.  Where are you?  I’m lonely here.  But I do have a big interview with the great Joe Humphreys, a savvy, iconoclastic fly fisher that I’ve admired for many years.  He has a unique take on nymph fishing and has never used an indicator, so you may get some new ideas on how to fish nymphs on this one.  By the way, Joe will be at Orvis Pittsburgh this Saturday and Sunday morning, so if you want to see him in action or ask some questions, get over to Orvis Pittsburgh.

May 02, 2014
H1 vs H2 and the Fly Box
43:42

 

Warning—this week’s podcast, besides the usual Fly Box questions, contains a blatant commercial plug.  I am often asked the difference between the original Helios and Helios 2 rods, and I think we have spelled it out pretty well in our marketing, but I figured a better way was to ask some of the best anglers and testers in the industry to articulate the differences they see between the two rods.  So you’ll hear interviews with people like Brian O’Keefe, Spencer Higa, Dave and Amelia Jensen, and John Herzer—but the real treat is to hear what the amazing Hank Patterson has to say about H2 rods.  I think you will enjoy all of these, but of course for the real truth don’t miss Hank’s interview.

Apr 28, 2014
Tom Interviews his Mentor, the Legendary Lewis Coleman
23:09

This is a special time of year for me as it is the start of trout season in my hometown. I treat today like a religious holiday. it seems appropriate then that I should interview my mentor, and someone who many view as a fly-fishing god, Lewis Coleman. Lewis has taught some of the best in the world his techniques and he will share some of those with us today. 

 

There is no fly-box section in this show as I wanted to give Lewis as much time as we could to go over his insight into spey casting, how he is pushing the limits in Tenkara and all about how he runs his lodges all around the world. We are lucky to have him on the show.

Apr 01, 2014
Smallmouth Bass Fly-Fishing Tips with Colby Trow
01:26:27

 

This week we have what I feel is one of our best podcasts ever—an interview with Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Shop on his advanced tactics for catching smallmouth bass.  I learned a ton in this podcast and it makes me want to head south to chase some right now.  And in this extra-long podcast there are plenty of fly box questions:  Using a stomach pump on trout, how to keep your indicator from sliding, whether bright silver and gold beads are a thing of the past, how to find secondary feathers on a goose wing, and good substitutes for deer hair on a Comparadun wing.

Mar 21, 2014
Tom and Tim Talk Tying Tips
01:27:26

 

It’s still fly-tying February, with our Fly Tying photo contest going on, plus 20% fly tying materials on our web site and in our stores.  So although I do answer a question about poly leaders in lakes and one on whether to take a spinning rod when fishing with a 10-year-old, most of it is about fly tying, and should be helpful to anyone from a total novice to advanced tiers.  I know I learned a number of very cool tricks in my interview with Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions (who does our awesome weekly tying videos).  In the Fly Box, I also answer questions about hook quality, wool for fly tying, what to use for Comparadun wings, fly quality, and some theories about why we attach certain materials to a hook.  I apologize in advance—Tim and I ramble quite a bit, but with a fly tier of Tim’s caliber the ramblings are interesting and educational.

Feb 18, 2014
Fly Tying Tips and Hints
01:08:03

This week is all about fly tying.  I took a whole bunch of questions that came in over the past week (thank you very much for your great questions) and we spend about an hour going over some tricky and not-so-tricky questions.  The hardest one for me was to list the essential fly tying materials every tier should have on his or her bench (and I was not allowed to use CDC, rabbit fur, or peacock herl, which made it even tougher) and it took me two days to decide on that one.  I ended up cheating and coming up with a trout list and a saltwater list.  Other questions included emergency procedures for when you break your thread, when to use wax, most under-utilized materials, substitutes in fly-tying recipes, tips for tying with deer hair, and many others.  Don’t forget that this month, fly tying materials at Orvis are 20% off, so now is the time to think about what you’ll need for next season.

Feb 09, 2014
Leaving the 9-5 to Fly Fish: An Interview with Paul Moinester
01:19:39

This week we talk to Paul Moinester, who we should all envy.  He quit a good job in DC to simplify and de-stress his life, and spent 6 months traveling the US to finds out more about fly fishing.  He drove from the Keys to Alaska, fishing along the way, and came up with some very eloquent pointers on improving your fly fishing game, based on his many experiences.  These are great tips from the perspective of a relative novice (at least he was when he started his trip!).

Jan 22, 2014
The Return of Fiberglass Rods (fixed)
41:21

**This is a fixed version of "The Return of Fiberglass Rods". The originally posted version contained an editing error.** 

We’ve had a lot of requests to do a podcast on fiberglass fly rods, but I wanted to wait until the Orvis rods were in stock before I did one.  The Orvis Superfine Touch Fiberglass are now in stock and on our web site, so this week I cover the basics of fiberglass rods:  A little history, some brief technology notes, and why you might want to at least test cast a fiberglass rod to see what all the fuss is about.  They are not like the glass rods you remember from the 60s or 70s!

Jan 03, 2014
The Return of Fiberglass Rods
41:21

We’ve had a lot of requests to do a podcast on fiberglass fly rods, but I wanted to wait until the Orvis rods were in stock before I did one.  The Orvis Superfine Touch Fiberglass are now in stock and on our web site, so this week I cover the basics of fiberglass rods:  A little history, some brief technology notes, and why you might want to at least test cast a fiberglass rod to see what all the fuss is about.  They are not like the glass rods you remember from the 60s or 70s!

Jan 01, 2014
An Interview With Drake Magazine's Tom Bie
01:35:16

This week, the main event is a fascinating podcast with Tom Bie, editor and publisher (and founder) of The Drake Magazine, an unconventional, edgy fly fishing publication that addresses the new, media-related fly fishing culture.  Tom talks about his favorite fish, the steelhead, and about his passion for swinging flies, East vs. West, hatchery vs. wild steelhead, using Spey rods, and lots on the philosophy of the best swing speed for steelhead.  We also touch on steelhead flies, and the future of fly fishing in general.  It’s a great interview and a little more cerebral than we usually get on the podcast.

 Also in this week’s Fly Box, we circle back to fly tying materials to get a little more clarity on thread sizes and types of elk hair.  I answer questions on fighting big trout in confined quarters, what to do if a big trout sulks, the difference between a creek, brook, and river; the characteristics of spring creeks, tailwaters, chalk streams, and freestone streams; sight fishing to trout in shallow water without indicators, and just why a Zebra midge with a pink body sometimes out-fishes one with the standard black-and-white body.

 

Nov 26, 2013
Dating Advice from Tom Rosenbauer
03:23

From the brilliant mind of CarpPro's Dan Frasier.

Nov 19, 2013
Demystifying Fly Tying Materials (and a hidden contest)
01:07:11

This week’s podcast is mostly about fly tying—at least the main event.  In The FlyBox, we talk about dangers on the water, how to keep your distance from your fishing buddy, Tenkara rods for kids, casting indoors, and how to do The San Juan Shuffle (hint—you don’t want to).  There is also a very special offer only for podcast listeners somewhere in the podcast, and it’s only good for this week, so make sure you listen soon!

Nov 18, 2013
All About Steelhead Plus Your Questions
01:06:44

This week it’s all about steelhead—or at least mostly about steelhead.  Besides the main topic, dead drift vs. the swing for steelhead, we talk about overlining rods, matching a rod to a fish size, dressing dry flies, the NOAA Saltwater Registry, hooking fish in the tongue, fishing beads, and whether to ask a guide for a refund if you don’t catch any fish (I think you know my answer to that one).

Nov 04, 2013
Man-Eating Salmon and the Latest From the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
56:48

On this week’s podcast, we discuss man-eating Chinook salmon, the ethics of going back to a spot a guide has taken you to, what BWOs are, possible cranefly hatches, stomach pumps, and I make an apology to the SUP crowd.  Then we have a great interview with Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.  Whit brings to light some boring-sounding legislation that is important to anyone who loves the outdoors, and gives us a good general overview of why they are important—like thousands of acres of public land that is inaccessible to taxpayers and what is being done about it.

Sep 30, 2013
Kirk Deeter's Top Ten Tips for Carp
54:29

In this week's podcast, besides an interview with Kirk Deeter, author of The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp, we talk about how fly fishing can be a pain in the neck, fishing above waterfalls, jeans under waders, split shot on spring creeks, Tenkara and kids, minimalist equipment for fishing, hiking, and camping, and when to look for Trico duns this time of year.

Sep 16, 2013
Twelve Big Tips for Fishing Small Flies
54:43

This week we’ll discuss 12 tips for fishing tiny dry flies, a topic of great interest this time of year.  In the Fly Box we range from a good general Salt water outfit to clinch knots to night fishing with two flies to how much line to have out when you are waiting to make a cast to a visible fish.  Based on suggestions from many podcast listeners, I’m starting a section about equipment and also a section on fly-fishing myths.  We had tons of good feedback and suggestions on podcasts, and it was loud and clear that listeners don’t want a co-host but they do like interviews.

Sep 02, 2013
Doc Thompson and High Altitude Trout Fishing
01:22:02

I have an interview with Doc Thompson, legendary New Mexico fly-fishing guide and an all-around great guy.  Doc will share tips for finding and catching high-altitude trout in small streams.  In the Fly Box, we range from foul-hooking fish to tying small flies to hooking and holding trout on tiny flies to guide etiquette to casting big streamers.  And we’ve started a new feature where we talk about a couple of the red-hot fishing spots for this week.

Aug 23, 2013
Ten or More Tips on Fishing Pressured Trout, and Tom Asks for Your Help
48:59

This week I offer 10 (actually 12 because I thought of a couple more as I was talking) tips on fishing pressured waters—those where trout get pestered all day long with different fly patterns.  The logical course of action would to avoid those places, but the problem is that these waters are typically full of large wild trout and have great hatches—and these days because of the internet there are few secret trout streams.  So pack up your fly boxes, resign yourself to seeing other anglers, and pay attention to your manners and courtesy.  Catching a trout on a hard-fished river is as satisfying an accomplishment as catching 20 on a wilderness stream.

Lots of stuff in the Fly Box today, too. A loaded episode, for sure.

Jul 22, 2013
The Coming Carpocalypse
01:04:51

This week I interview Adam McNamara of Orvis Portland in one of our continuing series of carp podcasts.  As usual, I learned some hot new tricks (like how to imitate a clam with a fly!) and I am sure you will as well.  Adam is the founder and organizer of Carpocalypse, one of the best carp events in the US.  Also, to begin we talk lots of trout for those of you who turn down your noses at carp:  how to tell the number of a fly line if it isn’t labeled, adding tippets to braided leaders, what to do about refusals to dry flies, using wading boots without waders, tips on grass carp (oops), and what I think about people “spot burning” unknown fishing spots on the internet—if you care what I think.

Jul 11, 2013
Ten Reasons You Need Local Knowledge
31:38

This week we have a few fly box items on what to do after your fly drags, landing net decisions, and how to get by in a boat with two fly lines and only one reel (my advice—don’t go there).  Our main topic this week is about the importance of local knowledge for any kind of fly-fishing trip and is titled “Ten reasons you need local knowledge”  It’s actually mostly reasons and also a few tips, but you all know I can’t count.

Jun 19, 2013
Carpe Diem: An Interview with Carp Expert Dan Frasier
01:16:07

This week we have a great interview with Dan Frasier, fly-fishing editor of Carp Pro magazine on—guess what?  There are some terrific tips in this interview and here are a couple I had not heard of and will try on my next carp fishing trip.  I am sure you will find some as well.  In the Fly Box, we range from hooking shad to getting started in fly tying to picking the right leader length to fishing streamers in Europe.  And I’m also asked about my top 10 saltwater flies for fishing anywhere is the world, so I will list them here as well as mention them in the podcast

1.       Lefty’s Deceiver in chartreuse in size 1

2.       Lefty’s Deceiver in olive and white in size 1

3.       Clouser Minnow in original brown and white in size 4

4.       Clouser Minnow in chartreuse and white in size 4

5.       Gurgler (any color)

6.       Surf Candy in size 4

7.       Adams’ Bastard Crab in size 4

8.       Puglisi Peanut Butter in purple and black in size 1/0

9.       Simram in size 6

10.   Cowen’s Albie Anchovy

Jun 10, 2013
Upstream or Down?
49:42

This week we explore the topic of whether you should fish upstream or down, not only what direction you should move but also which way you present your fly.  The podcast will tell you exactly which direction to fish every time you go out by using a simple formula (just kidding—did you really think it would be that easy?) 

In the fly box we answer questions about setting the hook (again), what length rod to use (again), adding tippets to knotless leaders (again), what to do about minnows sinking your dry flies (aha!  A new one and a fun one, too), and how to improve your roll cast by using a different line.  I keep answering those repeated topics because it seems they are universal questions and sometimes a different question or slant on a question may make it more clear to listeners.  Have fun!

May 28, 2013
Shad to the Bone
01:09:42

This week there is a very special podcast offer that will save you money but you have to listen to find out and act before May 20.  We also have a great podcast from the pied piper of urban fly fishing in the DC area, Dan Davala.  He tells us all we need to know to catch shad, both hickory and American shad.  The fly box section features questions about polarized sunglasses, fishing high water in small streams, morning or evening fishing, when to fish Flashback nymphs, and a couple tips on setting the hook.  But before you listen get a pen and paper so you can write down that special offer code because it’s only fr podcast listeners and can’t be found anywhere else.

May 06, 2013
Tom's ten excuses for getting skunked and what you can learn from them
01:00:47

This week, based on my experience of getting skunked trout fishing, I thought I would give you 10 reasons for getting skunked.  I mainly concentrate on early season fishing—but these excuses are also good any time during the season! 

In the Fly Box section we talk about :

-over-lining fly rods,
-barbless hooks,
-laying fish on the grass to photograph them,
-matching leader with rod length,
-rod and blank weights,
-and some other fun stuff. 

Questions this week came from as far away as Australia and the UK, and as close as Connecticut.

Apr 15, 2013
Fly Fishing 101
02:27

Got a family member or friend you want to help get into fly fishing? Check out our video for FREE fly-fishing classes at your nearest Orvis store and many authorized dealers!

Apr 09, 2013
Even More on Leaders and Your Questions
01:02:27

This week in the fly box we discuss:

·       How stocking affects wild trout

·       Sinking lines

·       Casting exercises

·       Gripping a fly rod

·       Tangles after dark

·       Tom’s 5 favorite places to fish and the top 5 on his bucket list

In the main podcast, we do an extensive discussion of leaders—leader types, materials, , and how to modify your leader at streamside.  It’s a good topic for a refresher as fishing season is upon us in most places—or almost upon us!

Apr 02, 2013
Your Questions and an Interview with Joey Maxim
01:05:37

This week we have a full Fly Box (the only way to be at the beginning of the season!) and cover topics that range from how to store leaders to figuring out stream depths to safe handling of fish in cold water to fishing streamers with switch rods.  And lots more.  I even try to answer the question of whether I’d prefer to have 6 less expensive fly rods or three top-of-the-line ones.  That question caused me some soul-searching and I waffled a bit—but who cares what I’d do anyway?  To top it off, we have an inspirational interview with a 17-year-old fly fisher, Joey Maxim.  Make sure you listen to all of the interview, because the story gets more interesting as we talk.

Mar 25, 2013
A Tribute to John Merwin and Lots of Listener Questions
01:10:19

This week’s podcast ends on a somber note with the passing of our good friend and mentor John Merwin, one of the greatest voices in fly fishing.  I think you’ll enjoy a few memories of John and the readings from a couple of his pieces.  But up front we have a very full fly box—lots of e-mails and phone calls on casting problems, fly tying problems and solutions, picking tackle, and fishing nymphs.

Mar 01, 2013
The first fly-tying episode of the year
44:52

This week I concentrate on fly tying questions (except for a short sidetrack on stream smallmouths) because I love talking about fly tying—and Orvis is offering a 20% discount on fly tying materials for the month of February 2013.

Feb 11, 2013
Listener Questions and an Interview with Author Richard Louv
01:07:43

This week, in an addition to a long FLy Box section, I go a little off topic as I interview Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, who introduced the term Nature Deficit Disorder to the world, and has perhaps done more than anyone else in modern times raise awareness of how important it is to get ourselves and our children outside more often.  He’s one of my role models and it was a great honor to interview him for the podcast.  And, of course, we do talk about getting kids and grandkids out fishing and give you some tips on how to do it.  This is a podcast you may want to recommend to friends who don’t fish, as it’s one of the most important things people can do for their children.

Jan 30, 2013
Lots of Listener Questions and Tom Interviews Orvis Chairman Leigh Perkins
44:09

He’s the Everready Bunny—at 85 years old, and a recently replaced hip, Leigh Perkins still fishes and hunts 300 days a year.  Although he retired as CEO of the Orvis Company in 1992, he’s still chairman of the board and one of our best field testers.  He’s always the first one up in the morning and the last one to go to bed, and he lives his life surrounded by a bunch of hunting dogs.  I was recently in Florida hunting wild quail and ducks with Leigh and got a chance to get some wisdom from him for a podcast.  You’ll note by his answers that he’s one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet.

Jan 18, 2013
Fishing Tailwater Trout in Winter: An Interview with Jamie Rouse
01:07:02

This week I interview Jamie Rouse, two-time Orvis Endorsed Guide award winner for superior service (as rated by our customers, not by us).  Jamie gives us a very full lesson on fishing for tailwater trout during the winter, particularly on his home stream, the Little Red River in Arkansas.  Jamie targets huge brown trout on the fly all winter long-and usually catches them-so it's worth a listen to pick up some valuable tips.  I know I learned a lot in this podcast and I'm ready to get out on the water, even if the line does freeze in my guides.

Jan 09, 2013
It's the Habitat, Stupid
01:30:55

My apologies for the lack of recent podcasts—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a week of vacation made it necessary for me to concentrate on my day job as marketing director over the past few weeks.  But this week we have a nice long podcast, including some detailed fly box topics on everything from choosing a fly reel to fishing droppers to using beads for steelhead.  In the main part of the podcast is an interview I did with Dr. Aaron Adams of Bonefish Tarpon Trust on how to find saltwater fish on your own by knowing their habitat preference.

Dec 28, 2012
Best of Tom: Ten Tips for Targeting Large Trout
43:46

This is a "Best of Tom" Episode from the Archives.

In this week's podcast I announce the winner of the Podcast Suggestion Contest, who won a signed copy of my latest book Essential American Flies. The topic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser to most of you--targeting bigger trout. In the podcast I give you 10 suggestions for targeting the biggest trout in a pool or in a stretch of river. There were lots of great suggestions in the podcast contest, and I used a couple for the short Fly Box section at the beginning of the podcast: How to cure the fall blues after a tough fishing season, and how to pack for a business trip where you might grab a few hours fishing. Plus a terrific tip on rigging dry droppers on our podcast request line from a listener in Georgia.

Dec 09, 2012
Best of Tom: Top Ten Tips for Winter Fly Fishing
48:26

It's getting cold out there. Get the most of your time on the water this winter it with this popular episode from the archives.


Nov 29, 2012
Winter Fly Fishing Secrets: Big Streamers and Big Trout
55:22

This week I interview our rod and reel designer, Shawn Combs, whose nickname around the office is Didymo (you have to listen to the podcast to find out why).  Shawn is a streamer fanatic, and the best at streamer fishing for trout of anyone on our staff, so I asked him to tell all his secrets of fishing for late fall and winter trout with streamers.  It’s an educational podcast for sure, but it’s also a fun one.

Nov 19, 2012
Even More on Catching East Coast Steelhead
01:20:30

In our continuing steelhead series, we’ve moved a little further east and this week we cover the streams of New York and Pennsylvania.  We don’t give specific recommendations on rivers, but Shawn Brillon, our resident Great Lakes steelhead, Spey casting, and fly tying expert, shares his knowledge on how to time your steelhead trips on Great Lakes tribs, tackle to use, when and how to swing flies, and how to fish egg flies and nymphs.  It’s a long podcast with a substantial Fly Box section at the beginning, so sit back and relax and daydream about steelhead.

Nov 08, 2012
East Coast Steelhead
01:27:27

This week we continue our coverage of steelhead with a podcast interview with Steve Kuieck on the basics of Great Lakes steelheading.  Steve concentrates on the techniques used on his home waters in Michigan, but the advice he gives is valid for steelheaders in all the Great Lakes tributaries, as well as steelheading on the West Coast.  And of course we cover the gamut with quick tips for listeners who have asked questions via e-mail and our podcast request telephone line—802-362-8800.

Oct 11, 2012
West Coast Steelhead
01:34:04

This week we have a long podcast, well over an hour, because Damien Nurre of Deep Canyon Outfitters and I got all wound up about steelhead.  We could have gone on for hours about tackle, reading water, fly selection, how to hook them, and how to time your trip properly.  Damien gives some expert tips on how to catch steelhead and reminds us that it’s mostly a matter of luck and persistence.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t stack the deck in our odds.  Damien is an articulate and thoughtful angler and teacher with lots of solid tips, so if you fly fish for steelhead or if you’ve ever wanted to, here’s your chance to get some world-class information.

Oct 01, 2012
Ten True Tips for False Albacore
01:02:20

This week’s podcast is timely—it’s on one of my very favorite fly-rod fish, the false albacore or little tunny (also known as albies, bonita, fat alberts, and boneheads).  They are gorgeous, much faster than bonefish, and available from northern Cape Cod to Florida and throughout the Gulf Coast.  Fall is the best time to fish for them close to shore, although in their southern range they can be caught on a fly year-round (you just might need a longer boat ride).  There is no other fish I know if that causes such havoc with tackle and produces such idiotic and crazed behavior among anglers (and I include myself in that category).  

One thing I neglected to mention in my podcast is the excellent book by Tom Gilmore titled False Albacore.  It’s the only book written on the subject and a terrific resource.  Get out there and sample a bit of this insanity yourself—you will never be the same.

Sep 14, 2012
Tom's Ten Tips for Fishing Low Water
53:48

Unless you live in one of the rare parts opf North America that isn't in drought conditions this summer, or you've been lucky enough to be fishing tailwater waters with an abundance of cool water, you're probably faced with very tricky conditions. Trout fishing is not impossible this time of year, but you have to adjust your tactics to lower flows, clear water and paranoid trout.

We have LOTS of questions in the fly box this week which makes for a pretty long show. 

Aug 29, 2012
Ten Listener Questions and Some Great Suggestions
53:12

This week, I decided to answer 10 listener questions, sort of an enlarged fly box section.  As a special bonus, I have three great suggestions from other listeners that I know you’ll benefit from.  I won’t spoil all the surprises, but we talk about fly lines sinking, leaders twisting, fish getting away, fish getting hooked in the belly by mistake, and fish refusing flies.  I won’t even come close to answering all these questions but I can at least give you some ideas to think about.

Aug 14, 2012
Carpacolypse- Interview with "The Carpmeister", Tim Daughton
57:28

This week, after a special introduction from my son who visited the studio this week,  two self-described carp addicts talk all about carp fishing, from finding them to presentation tactics to tackle and flies.  I interview my co-worker Tim Daughton, who is by far the most experienced carp fly fisherman on our staff--to put it more precisely he's obsessed with carp fishing and will pass up trout fishing most times to chase carp.  We've had lots of requests to do more podcasts on these very challenging fish, available to most people in urban and rural locations throughout the world.  In the fly box, we ramble from how much to spend for a fly rod to when to replace a fly line to fishing in foul weather to a few steelhead tips.  And a couple more.

Jul 27, 2012
Tenkara! A interview with Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA
51:59

This week we're publishing an interview I did with Daniel Galhardo, founder and CEO of Tenkara USA, on guess what?  Daniel was here to sample some of our Vermont small stream fishing, which he loved, and we had a ball fishing together.  He explains Tenkara, whether he considers it fly fishing, and the basics of how to use a Tekkara outfit.  In the fly box, we talk about dealing with fishing gear in hot weather, dries vs. emergers, and setting the hook on downstream fish.

Jul 17, 2012
Fly vs Spin: Pros and Cons of Each
43:14

On this week's podcast, after a week on Cape Cod I'm prepared to tackle the subjetc of fly vs. spin, something I was reluctant to discuss before because I just have not used a spin rod much since I was a teenager.  But we'll talk about the relative advantages of both methods of fishing, and when a diehard fly fisher might want a spin rod handy.  In the short Fly Box topics this week, we further our discussion on releasing fish unharmed, where to position your rod when playing a fish, DT vs. WF lines, getting the fly line wrapped around the reel seat, and a few other goodies.

Jul 06, 2012
Ten Tips to Keep you from Lining Fish
45:26

This week we explore a topic that has not been requested by a listener but is something that struck me over the past few weeks of fishing over some difficult trout. It's the concept of keeping your fly line away from fish, and it's an important issue in nearly every kind of shallow water fishing--from bonefish and tarpon and striped bass to trout and carp. I include 10 tips to help you keep from "lining" fish

Jun 12, 2012
Ten Tips for Warm Water Fly Fishing
52:46

This week we're exploring the wide open world of warm water fly fishing, and not just for bass.  We talk about landlocked stripers and gar and bowfin and northern redhorse--and especially shad and carp.  Basically, it's about finding the fish and experimenting with retrieves--tackle and flies are the least of your worries.  Most of us have some sort of warm water close to home, so it's like that old Stephen Stills song, "if you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with". 

In the fly box, we answer phone calls about how to measure the length of a fly cast, how long lines, leaders and backing last, keeping fish for the table and when to fly and when to spin.

May 31, 2012
Fishing Tailwaters: An Interview with Dave Brown
49:15

A  great show this week!

I had the chance to sit down and talk with Simon Perkins, the newest addition here at Orvis Rod & Tackle about the Fly Fishing Film Tour as well as his own short film, Sipping Dries. We ran the trailer in the podcast feed a few weeks ago. As the main event, I interview my friend Dave Brown of Dave Brown Outfitters on fishing taiwaters, as it seems you guys can't get enough of this topic! In addition, I take a few questions from the podcast listener line.

We moved the podcast studio, again. As a result we have had some tech issues with the sound which kept us "off the air" last week. I think it's all worked out. Thanks for sticking with us!

May 16, 2012
Fifteen tips on Switching from Freshwater to Saltwater Fly Fishing
45:38

This week, in preparation for the best months of saltwater fishing from Maine to Florida (May and June) we explore the idea of moving from freshwater to salt.  Trout anglers are seldom prepared for the transition to saltwater fly fishing--although the equipment requirements are easy enough to understand and you only need a few extra knots, it's mainly the casting and the expectations that throw trout anglers a curve ball.  There are 15 tips for making this transition easy and fun.  Also in the Fly Box this week, we answer questions about the Surgeon's vs. Clinch knots, knots for attaching wire bite tippets, polarized sunglass colors, hook styles on nymphs, trout stream ettiquette, and how to balance a reel with a rod (or not).

Apr 30, 2012
The Effects of the Moon and Barometric Pressure on Fishing
45:25

In this week's podcast I interview Captain Jim Barr from Rhode Island and we talk about the effects of barometric pressure changes and moon phases on fly fishing, both in Jim's arena of striped bass fishing and also on various freshwater species.  If you're looking for easy answers you'll be disappointed, but I think you'll enjoy hearing us talk about the empirical observations we've made over the years.  In the Fly Box section this week we discuss methods of weighting flies with non-toxic materials, why you catch bigger fish on worms than you do on flies, and an explanation of the term "turning over" a fly and what you can do to make sure your fly turns over.

Apr 13, 2012
20 Questions with Tom Rosenbauer
01:03:56

Well, be careful what you wish for.  Last week I whined that we weren't getting enough response from you on Fly Box questions, so in the past week we've been inundated!  I thought I would try to answer the best 20 questions we got over the past week, both e-mails and phone calles.  We received suggestions from Sweden and Los Ageles and Connecticut and South Dakota and everything in between last week.  In our 20 questions podcast we'll explore overlining a fly rod, fishing giant warmwater rivers, how to store a leader between fishing trips, fishing without indicators, and whether to play a fish from the reel or by stripping--and lots of other goodies!

Mar 31, 2012
Trailer for the Film "Sipping Dry"
02:39

Our own Simon Perkins has a film in this year's Fly Fishing Film Tour. We are going to have him on the show to discuss his film "Sipping Dry" in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the trailer.

From the website at www.flyfilmtour.com:

There are plenty of addictions to get hooked on in the world of fly fishing.  One of the most consuming is the obsession with the dry fly, which explains why anglers travel the globe in search of epic hatches and large trout rising on the surface.  "Sipping Dry" takes you to a place many refer to as the "dry fly capital of the world"--the upper Missouri River near Craig, Montana.  The film introduces a handful of characters who have altered their lives to revolve around this fishery and attempts to convey their infatuation with sipping trout, insane hatches, and the river they consider to be the ultimate in the world of dry fly fishing.

Mar 30, 2012
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
44:09

In this week's podcast we first talk about nets and bluegills. I'm not getting many nice short, concise, specific questions for the Fly Box  section so I haven't had many to answer lately.  Please send your nagging questions to podcast@orvis.com or call me at 802-362-8800 and leave a message letting me know what you'd like to hear about.  And in the main part of the podcast, Should I Stay or Should I Go? (what do you want to bet James will have some music to go along with that?) we talk about when to move and when to stay put, on everything from trout streamers, nymphs, and dries, to Atlantic salmon, bonefish, and steelhead.

Mar 22, 2012
Junk in the Trunk: Eggs, Worms and Scuds
44:17

This week in the Fly Box we first talk about what to expect when fishing for king salmon in Alaska, the half hitch vs. the whip finish in fly tying, and etiquette on salmon rivers. Then, in the main event, we explore the fascinating world of what some people call "junk" flies--worms, eggs, and scuds. 

These flies are fished like nymphs and are just as much a "match the hatch" situation as elegant mayfly nymphs (at least in my opinion).

Mar 19, 2012
13 Tips on Leaders
01:16:32

In this week's fly box we talk about hook styles, casting on snow, and fly-fishing jargon.  Then on to the main podcast, which is on the perenially popular subject of leaders:  When to change tippets, how to modify your leader, the differences between the various types, fluoro vs. nylon, saltwater leaders described, and much more.  It's a topic that is mystifying to many people and we hope we both intrigue and educate you this week.

Mar 09, 2012
On the Hunt for Redfish with Captain Dave Hunt
01:09:50

This week we have a great interview on redfish (and also speckled trout and snook) with Captain Dave Hunt from Florida.  In the Fly Box, we also talk about grayling, brass and tungsten beads, and about the question of whether the term 'dry fly rod" is valid today.  Plus I tip our listeners off to an exciting new development on the web--but you'll have to listen to find out!

Feb 15, 2012
Trout- Hatchery vs Wild, Pressured vs Remote Waters
59:29

In the fly box this week, we talk about where fly tying materials come from, getting wet flies to swing deeper, fishing logs, and fishing small flies under water.  In the main topic, we discuss different kinds of trout and how to fish for them--hatchery vs. wild, and pressured trout streams vs. remote trout streams.  We've had some great suggestions for podcast topics lately so keep them coming

Feb 07, 2012
How to Take Great Fishing Photos with Catch Magazine Editor Brian O'Keefe
01:12:41

This week I have a special guest, Brian O'Keefe, who owns the fantastic electronic magazine called Catch Magazine, along with his business partner Todd Moen.  Brian has been in the fly fishing business as long as I have, and he's one of the best fly-fishing photographers out there.  He's traveled all over the world to photograph some of the most exotic fly fishing locations, as well as plenty of cool places closer to home.  We ramble a bit about the old days, but the podcast is mainly about tips for the novice fly-fishing photographer.  This podcast is longer than usual so I left out the usual Fly Box section, which will return next week.  Lots of good questions these days so I have a good list of topics to cover!

Jan 25, 2012
Ten tips for Fishing Caddisflies
48:56

The main part of the podcast this week is 10 Tips on Fishing Caddis hatches, some tips I’ve learned over the years for successfully (sometimes!) fishing caddis hatches.  Caddisflies are one of the most abundant aquatic insects in trout streams, and the fishing can range from incredibly easy to downright frustrating.  But trout almost always love to eat them so we need to pay attention.  Also in this podcast we talk about bedraggled flies, tailwater insects, and one of my favorite subjects, using roadkills for fly tying.

Jan 20, 2012
15 tips For Setting up the Ultimate Fly Tying Bench
43:59

This week I discuss a frequently requested podcast this time of year--how to set up your fly-tying area.  I talk about what you need to get started and what tools and threads you should begin with.  I also discuss storage and lighting and magnification and about how to stay organized.  In the Fly Box section we have another tip for essential safety items in a fishing vest or pack, and the difference between Blue-Winged Olives and PMDs and Pale Evening Duns.

Jan 10, 2012
Tom's Ten Tips for Stocking your Nymphing Box
47:19

We posted an episode a few weeks ago on how to best stock your dry-fly box. We had a number of requests for one on nymphing. Let us know what you think of this list!

Jan 03, 2012
Tom's Christmas List
14:01

In this episode Tom gives his list of what you could get that angler, and angler-to-be at the last minute!

Dec 19, 2011
Tom's Ten Tips for Slimming down or Filling up your Fly Box
48:11

This week we range in topics from toilet paper to bass leaders, but the main topic is one that is frequently requested: How to make sense of the thousands of patterns of dry flies into a reasonable number that will cover most of the hatches you encounter. I offer 10 tips on slimming down your fly box (or filling it up, depending on where you are in the game) plus my favorite dozen dry flies.

Dec 08, 2011
Video: The Parachute and Pile Casts
02:24

Welcome to another installment of "Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor," with Peter Kutzer. In this episode, Peter explains the differences between the parachute cast and the pile cast, both of which are slack-line casts that can be useful when you're fishing across conflicting currents or to a fish downstream. To make a parachute cast, you stop the rod high and keep the tip up while the fly and front of the line land on the water. This gives you a belly of line between the rod tip and the water. As your fly drifts downstream, you lower the rod tip, feeding line into the drift and maintaining contact with the fly. To make a pile cast, you shoot the line high again, but this time, you drop the rod tip to the water's surface in front of the fly, dragging the line downward. This causes the line to land in a pile, so the fly can dead-drift freely.

Nov 25, 2011
A Guide's Life- How to become one and what it's really like
01:03:44

This week we do a podcast I've been looking forward to--an interview with a couple of top fly-fishing guides about what it's like to be a guide and how to get into guiding. Learn about how a guide prepares for their day, what they agonize over, and enjoy a few wild stories along the way.

Nov 17, 2011
Tom Rosenbauer's Ten Tips for Targeting Large trout
43:46

In this week's podcast I announce the winner of the Podcast Suggestion Contest, who won a signed copy of my latest book Essential American Flies.  The topic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser to most of you--targeting bigger trout. In the podcast I give you 10 suggestions for targeting the biggest trout in a pool or in a stretch of river. 

There were lots of great suggestions in the podcast contest, and I used a couple for the short Fly Box section at the beginning of the podcast:  How to cure the fall blues after a tough fishing season, and how to pack for a business trip where you might grab a few hours fishing.  Plus a terrific tip on rigging dry droppers on our podcast request line from a listener in Georgia.

Nov 09, 2011
Nymphing Techniques from Across the Pond
48:03

This week I interview George Daniel, past competitor in Team Fly Fishing USA and now head coach. The subject is European nymphing styles like Czech nymphing, Polish nymphing, French nymphing, and Spanish nymphing.

I've had a number of requests to talk about European nymphing so I called in one of the top American experts on these techniques. You'll learn the differences between these styles and under which conditions you use them, as well as how to rig for these very effective styles of catching trout and grayling on nymphs. These techniques are great to have in your bag of tricks when standard strike indicator and dry/dropper techniques aren't working.

Nov 07, 2011
More Fall Fly Fishing Secrets
48:51

In the podcast this week, I go on a minor rant about the ethics of crowding on today's trout streams, and pretty much tell you if you don't like the crowds, take a hike (literally).  I do give some suggestions on how to handle crowded situations if you have no other choice, but there is almost always another choice.  And in the main part of the podcast, I share with you some fall fishing secrets. We have touched on this subject before, but since the last time I have received some more tips from all of you that I really shoudl share.

I also announce a very special contest for the best suggestion for next week's podcast.  The prize is an autographed copy of my new book, The Orvis Guide to The Essential American Flies, which is a large format book with spectacular color photos

Oct 26, 2011
The Prince of Tides
56:57

I'm always confused by the science and physics of tides and how they vary and how they influence fish in salt water.  So I went right to the best source I know on all things saltwater related--Dr. Aaron Adams, director of Bonefish Tarpon Trust and one of my favorite fishing buddies.  Fishing with him is like fishing with Mr. Wizard (excuse me for dating myself here) and Aaron does not disappoint in our interview.  He takes the sceince behind tides and makes it clear and digestible to those of us who just like to fish in salt water.  There are some specific tips for fly fishing related to tides as well, and Aaron suggests some ways that fly fishers in particular can use tide predictions to have more success on the water.  It was a fun podcast for me as I learned a ton.

In the Fly Box,  I also answer a listeners question about how and why tailwater rivers are different and some tips on fishing them.

Oct 13, 2011
12 Tips for Difficult Rises
57:56

This week I discuss a dozen tips for taking difficult risers. We're not always fortunate to find consistently rising fish, but when we do it's a chess match that can be the most fascinating aspect of trout fishing. There are many tips to finally fooling a difficult riser, and surprisingly few of them involve choosing the correct fly. We also have Fly Box short items on some questions that came up from listeners regarding last week's podcast on small stream fishing. And by popular demand, we'll continue our sections on great fly-fishing books and cool products you might have missed.

Test your wits with my quiz on difficult rises here.

 

Oct 07, 2011
Five Big Tips for Small Streams
01:02:23

In this week's podcast, we explore the world of small stream trout with 5 detailed tips (mainly because I was too lazy to organize more--actually there are probably about 20 tips included) that cover everything from what rod to use to how to find your own small stream.

There are tens of thousands of tiny trout streams in the United States, many of which never get fished or are fished infrequently, so it's a great place to get solitude and return to the essence of fly fishing. I also introduce two new items to the podcast, and we're looking for your feedback on these: a selected book of the week and "products you might have missed", a short section on handy fishing products that you might not have heard about. And, of course, we answer several questions in our popular "Fly Box" section

I am thrilled the podcast has grown so much, but I'm having a hard time keeping up with emails. I still want to hear from you, though as that is how we get material for the show! For podcast suggestions. please use the online forum at orvis.com/podcastfeedback or our voicemail line at 802-362-8800

Thanks for listening!

Sep 28, 2011
Steelhead East and West
51:35

Steelhead are one of the most glamorous and frustrating fish you can catch with a fly rod.  They are similar in behavior and fighting ability to Atlantic salmon, but whereas our fly fishing traditions for Atlantic salmon came from a more aristocratic background, fly fishing for steelhead evolved via a more populist tradition.  Where can you fish for steelhead?  What techniques work best?  Are the fish from the Great Lakes a true steelhead or just a big rainbow trout, and how do fishing techniques for them differ?  And how many steelhead can you expect to catch in a day's fishing? (in my experience, you should expect to catch zero and be pleasantly surprised).  

Listen to this week's podcast and get some tips on steelhead fishing, and then visit our podcast forum to add your thoughts or suggest future steelhead podcast topics, as this is not the last of our steelhead podcasts for this season.

Sep 12, 2011
Tom's Tips on Fishing Spring Creeks with Special Guest Orvis Vice-Chairman Dave Perkins
38:50

In this week's podcast, I'm joined by Dave Perkins, an old fishing and hunting buddy and also vice-chairman and one of the owners of Orvis.  Dave , like me, is a spring creek fanatic and we talk about how spring creeks differ from freestone trout streams, what to expect on them, and where to find them.  And of course we also discuss our favorite flies, leaders, and rods for fishing these very special trout streams.  If you've never fished a spring creek, it's time to try one.  And even if you never intend to fish one, the tips we give will be very helpful any time you find selective trout sipping in clear water.  

In the Fly Box this week, we talk about why trout live in some streams and not in others, how to make a downstream presentation, and some tips on light-line rods.

Aug 25, 2011
Tom's Top Ten Tippet Tips
56:40

For this week's podcast, the main event is Tom's Top Ten Tippet Tips, or just 5T for short (but no short jokes please).  In this episode, I review tips on knots, types of tippet, how to attach tippets, when to shorten or lengthen a tippet, how to avoid kinky tippets, and a bunch more.  

For the "Fly Box" section of short tips, I talk about some cool, new terms and tips I learned from fishing guides in Colorado and Montana over the past two weeks.

Aug 16, 2011
The Fishing Warm Water and Hiding New Gear from Your Spouse Episode
41:19

Tom is out of town for a couple weeks, so he asked Pete Kutzer of our Ask a Fly Fishing Instructor video series and Brett Ference from our Double Barrel Podcast series to sit in.

We asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to  suggest topics for them to cover and received over 130 suggestions!

Here are the topics they chose:

- How should a beginner go about choosing waders?

- Tips for fishin gfrom a float tube

- Is 7 years old too young to start a child fly fishing?

- When choosing a new rod, what should I consider?

- How do you best hide new fishing gear purchases from your spouse?

We also had A LOT of questions on fishing warm water, so Brett and Pete spend a lot of time on this topic.

Aug 04, 2011
Video: The Double-Haul Cast with Pete Kutzer
08:17

In this lesson, Peter explains why the double haul is useful for adding distance to the cast and taking pressure off your casting arm and wrist. Then he demonstrates exactly what you need to do for a successful double haul, from the right timing to the proper length of your haul. You'll learn why this is not just a cast for saltwater anglers, too. Once you've got the basics down, it's time to put Pete's lessons to work by practicing on your own lawn.

Aug 02, 2011
Video: Casting into the Wind with Pete Kutzer
04:54

Over on OrvisNews.com we have a regular series called ASK A FLY FISHING INSTRUCTOR. Here is one of the more popular videos on casting into the wind.

OrvisNews.com reader Dave S. asked:

I think I have a pretty decent casting motion, but the biggest issue I have is in the wind. I always get that tailing loop, and my leader knots up. I think it's more pronounced in the wind because I strain harder. What practice tips can you give me to help?

In this video, Peter demonstrates how to beat the wind by casting lower, angling the rod tip, and even making the cast backwards.

Peter  has been a fisherman all his life, and he has a degree in outdoor education from Johnson State College. He's also a seriously good caster, and during his years working for Orvis he has seen it all.

Jul 28, 2011
Ten Steps to Getting Kids and Teens into Fly Fishing
41:56

This week I give you a 10-step plan for getting a kid into fly fishing.  These are proven methods based on my experience and that of others I've talked to in the course of researching a book called Family Friendly Fly Fishing that I'm working on.  I've also added three additional tips for getting teenagers into fly fishing.

In the fly box items this week we talk about the old 10 o'clock to-1 o'clock casting technique, casting into the wind with big poppers and other bass flies, attaching a new fly line to backing that's already on a reel using a loop, and the correct size sink tip fly line to buy. and "new school" vs. "old school" fly fishing 

Jul 25, 2011
The Joy of Swinging: How, Where and When to Do It
48:07

This week I talk about swinging, and get your mind out of the gutter because it's not that kind of swinging.  This is a family show.

We discuss the art and science of swinging flies for trout, salmon, and steelhead, one of the most relazing and elegant way of covering lots of water.  It doesn't work all the time and in every type of water, so listen to the podcast to find out where and when to do it--and how to choose the right fly.  

In the Fly Box questions this week we talk about using a 7-weight rod for trout, what an individual can do to make a trout stream better, invasive species, and how to catch bass in southern rivers in summer.  Plus a note about an exciting new upgrade to our fishing reports where you can get a text message every time your favorite waters are updated.

Jul 21, 2011
Getting the Most out of Summertime Fly Fishing
38:14

In this week's fly box, I mention a tip on mending line that I just got from a guide, a recommendation for how to choose a rod for nymphing, and 10 tips for reeling in and playing fish. For the main part of the podcast, I give some recommendations for high summer fishing--for having more fun, getting in more fishing time, and broadening your horizons.

Do you have a topic sugggestion? Join our podcast forum at www.orvis.com/podcastfeedback

 

Jul 13, 2011
12 Steps to Summer Dry Fly Fishing
40:05

This week in the Fly Box section, we talk about rod actions, line sizes, sunscreen, and dry flies in high water. In the main event, we'll give you some tips on summer dry flies, as summer is prime time for fishing on the surface.

We have a new way to contact the podcast and share your podcast ideas. Go to www.orvisnews.com/podcast.aspx sign on with your Facebook login, and particpate in our online forum!

Jul 06, 2011
Matching the Hatch Part 2 - Five More Tips
30:35

In the fly box section this week we discuss a couple tackle maintenance items (cork grips and fly lines) and some tips on how to learn from some "old school" techniques. In the main part of the podcast, we learn more about hatches and how to deal with them, especially on how to collect insect specimens and what to do with them once you've obtained them.

Jun 29, 2011
Ten Steps from Novice to Intermediate
21:12

In this week's podcast we have a great phone call from Molly with some exciting news and in The FlyBox a tip on further refining your casting practice.  For the main event, we explore the topic of moving from novice to intermediate fly fisher with some tips on how to get there.

Jun 27, 2011
Of Blue Damsels and Bamboo Girls
10:06

In honor of the The American Museum of Fly Fishing's Graceful Rise Exhibit, we're celebrating Women in Fly Fishing this week. Tom is out, so we've asked Paul Fersen to read his story "Of Blue Damsels and Bamboo Girls". 

Read more about the Graceful Rise Exhibit at http://www.orvisnews.com/Women-in-Fly-Fishing.aspx

Jun 07, 2011
Tom's Ten Tips for Identifying and Matching the Hatch
48:47

This week in the fly box we address the color red in flies, post-flood fishing conditions, and what to do if you only have a few hours to fish. For the main event I give a brief guide to the major aquatic insects, how to identify what's hatching, and some strategies for fishing different types of insect hatches.

Jun 02, 2011
10 Tips for Preparing for a Day on the Water
31:38

This week we answer a listener's question about a day in the life of an experienced fly fisher--but more how to prepare for a day than what he or she would actually do once on the water, which can vary greatly from day to day or on different kinds of waters.  In this week's fly box, we talk about what color is most visible on attractor fly wings (you will be as surprised as I was!), how to pick the right reel seat, and what color to choose on attractor flies.  Plus Phil Monahan updates us on the latest juicy bits from the Orvis blog.

May 19, 2011
The Ten Most Endangered Rivers in America
09:08

American Rivers released its annual Orvis-sponsored Ten Most Endangered Rivers Report this week. 

In this episode, Phil Monahan interviews David Moryc, Senior Director of River Protection at American Rivers about the list.

May 17, 2011
A (very) Brief History of Fly Flshing
38:09

This week I give a brief and sorta rambling overview of fly-fishing history, which is difficult to do in a short podcast so I've included the names of a couple good books on the subject.

 In this week's fly box, we have two casting tips, a word about "lining" fish, a short discussion of what to do when faced with crowded trout streams, and help when trying to detect a strike when nymph fishing.

Lots of little bits and pieces!

May 12, 2011
Dawn Patrol: Ten Tips (ok, eleven, but who's counting) for Early Morning Fishing
41:05

In this week's podcast, the main event is The Dawn Patrol, on the pleasures, perils, and advantages of getting up as early as a turkey hunter to get some of the best fly fishing of the season.  We'll discuss dawn fishing for trout, tarpon, stripers, bonefish, permit, and steelhead.  In this weeks' fly box we'll explore small stream trout rods, a couple tips for fighting fish, and how to fish alongside your buddies.

May 06, 2011
Stillwater Fly Fishing Tips
36:41

With many trout rivers into serious runoff this month, and more to come as western snows melt, listeners have been asking for an early season stillwater podcast.  This week I was lucky enough to interview Phil Rowley, one of the most knowledgeable stillwater anglers in the world and co-host of "The New Fly Fisher" TV show on World Fishing Network.  I know I learned a lot in the show and I am sure you will as well.  As an added bonus, there are some extra video tips from Phil, courtesy of "The New Fly Fisher".

Apr 25, 2011
Video: Casting Heavy Flies into the Wind
04:27

Welcome to our first installment of "Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor," starring our own Peter Kutzer. A couple weeks ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader "Phil" wrote, "Any tips you can give on casting heavily weighted flies would be appreciated," and "Dave R." asked a much more specific version of the same question:

When practicing with my 9wt with a piece of yarn tied to my leader (9' tied with 54" 40#, 18" 30# and 18" 15# tippet. All Maxima Ultra Green) I can cast consistently to 50' and beyond. But when I tie on a weighted fly ( clouser size 1 hook with small eyes) my line and leader seem to pile up and I have problems getting past 40'.

So, cameraman Eric Weisledder and I met Peter at the casting ponds beside the Orvis Retail Store in Manchester, Vermont, so he could offer some tips on casting a heavy fly in the wind. Aside from being an excellent caster and teacher, Peter turns out to be a natural in front of the camera. And check out the way he nonchalantly switches hands to demonstrate the oval cast.

If you've got more questions for Peter, post them on our Facebook page, and we'll address each casting problem in a new video.

Apr 13, 2011
12 Tips for Fishing Spring Runoff
50:32

In this week's podcast, 12 tips for Fishing Spring Runoff,  I give a number of valid excuses for getting skunked during spring runoff, and what you can do if faced with high, cold, muddy water. In the Fly Box section, I talk  about fly rod design, fishing pressured waters, and the reality of fly-fishing magazine articles and TV shows. Plus a great tip for threading flies from a listener who left a message on our Podcast Message Line at 802 362 8800.

Apr 08, 2011
Ten Tips on Fishing a New Trout Stream
50:10

This week we have a couple of interesting fly box items--one on reeling right or left hand, and the other on how to dress for fly fishing.  The main podcast is about evaluating a new trout stream to figure out how fast to move, what fly to use, and how rich the stream is.  I also include a shameless plug for my new book Small Stream Trout Fishing.

Mar 31, 2011
Video: Fly Fishing for Pike Part 2
03:30

We have a very exciting podcast for you this week.  Many of you have asked for a pike podcast, and we've delivered what I think is one of our best presentations in two parts.

Part 1 is an audio interview I conduct with pike expert Drew Price, where he goes into great detail on where, when, and how to catch pike. Also in part 1,  we have some tips in the Fly Box section on fishing CDC flies, choosing one rod for bass and trout, and how to get your nymph deep in small plunge pools.

Part 2 is a video where we have  tips on pike fishing (along with some shots of nice pike caught on a fly), courtesy of The New Fly Fisher TV show, the best how-to fly fishing show on TV right now (it's on World Fishing Network and some PBS stations). 

I know I learned a ton from interviewing Drew and watching the video and can't wait to get at the pike this spring.

Leave us comments on this show at www.orvisnews.com/flyfishing/flyfishingforpike.aspx

Mar 23, 2011
Fly Fishing for Pike Part 1
39:22

We have a very exciting podcast for you this week.  Many of you have asked for a pike podcast, and we've delivered what I think is one of our best presentations in two parts.

Part 1 is an audio interview I conduct with pike expert Drew Price, where he goes into great detail on where, when, and how to catch pike. Also in part 1,  we have some tips in the Fly Box section on fishing CDC flies, choosing one rod for bass and trout, and how to get your nymph deep in small plunge pools.

Part 2 is a video where we have  tips on pike fishing (along with some shots of nice pike caught on a fly), courtesy of The New Fly Fisher TV show, the best how-to fly fishing show on TV right now (it's on World Fishing Network and some PBS stations). 

I know I learned a ton from interviewing Drew and watching the video and can't wait to get at the pike this spring.

Leave us comments on this show at www.orvisnews.com/flyfishing/flyfishingforpike.aspx

Mar 23, 2011
15 Tips for Fishing the Evening Hatch
01:11:01

Tom takes another great podcast suggestion from our voicemail line and turns it in to our longest episode yet at just over an hour. It's packed with 15 tips for fishing the evening hatch.

Have a suggestion or a comment? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com, LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing or call us at 802-362-8800. 

Mar 14, 2011
The Laryngitis Largemouth Bass and Panfish Episode
01:05:12

Tom talks a lot, and it finally caught up with him He has a bit of larygitis this week, but takes one for the team and answers a phone request for a largemouth bass episode. 

In the fly box: Do fish see color? We also take a phone request for a series on fishing different regions of the United States and beyond.

Mar 04, 2011
15 Tips on Sight Fishing for Stripers
47:17

This latest podcast is another suggestion from our tip line at (802) 362-8800. Tom had a lot of tips for sight fishing for stripers and shares all 15 here.

Did he miss anything? Call us at the nuimber above. email us at podcast@orvis.com. go to www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing or find this blog in the February 2011 archive on OrvisNews.com.

Feb 22, 2011
Gear Maintenance in the Off-Season and Ten Tips for the Aging Angler
50:06

Tom shares his off-season routine for gear mainteance and answers our first voicemail request for tips for the older angler. These tips apply to a lot of us, though, so it is a good listen all around.

Call us at 802 362 8800 for comments and suggestions, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on facebook at www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing !

Feb 15, 2011
An Urgent Message from Tom
19:31

We now have the best chance ever of stoppiing Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP

First: listen to this podcast

Then:

Go to http://www.orvisnews.com/protectbristolbay.aspx and click the TAKE ACTION link.

Feb 10, 2011
Full Circle by Paul Fersen
13:34

We're giving Tom a day off and have asked resident author Paul Fersen to read a story he wrote about for Gray's Journal called Full Circle. 

Feb 01, 2011
Tom's Ten Tips on Winter Fly Fishing
48:45

It's cold out there... get the most out of it with these tips from Tom.

One of you will be the MILLIONTH download of this podcast. Thank you so much for your loyalty. We're having a good time and we're glad you are, too.

Leave comments on our blog at www.orvisnews.com/flyfishing/winter2011.aspx

Leave us a voicemail at 802-362-8800 with a suggestion for the show or drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com

Jan 28, 2011
Somewhere in the Neighborhood of Six Tips on Sinking Lines - A black Diamond Episode
55:00

Tom goes into great detail in this podcast on sinking lines. This is advanced stuff, but plenty for everyone here.

In the FLY BOX section, Tom touches on how to remove ice from the guides on your rod, casting around objects and gives a couple pointers on choosing a good fishing guide.

Jan 21, 2011
Six Tips on Emergers- A Black Diamond Episode
49:25

You folks have requested some more advanced topics and Tom comes through with a long, detailed podcast on fishing emergers.

Go to www.orvisnews.com/flyfishing/emergerspodcast.aspx to ask Tom questions about this episode and add anythign he may have forgotten!

Jan 13, 2011
The First 30 Feet
35:14

Casting  that first thirty feet of line out can sometimes be tricky. Tom has some easy tips for the advanced and beginner angler alike, so you can false cast less and fish more.

Jan 04, 2011
Lessons Learned the Hard Way with Simon Perkins
28:13

Montana fly-fishing guide, Simon Perkins is back home in Vermont for Christmas and joins Tom for a podcast on lessons learned the hard way. It's the mistakes that make us wise, if we learn from them. Learn from Tom and Simon's mistakes so you dont have to make them yourself!

Dec 22, 2010
Traveling with Fly Gear
23:45

Tom takes the mystery out of packing for your next trip telling you what you need, what you don't and what you REALLY shouldn't forget to bring.

He also shares his top five flies for fresh and saltwater.

Dec 15, 2010
The Top Five Casting Mistakes Revisited
19:57

In this episode, Tom is joined by Peter Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School to revisit a subject that we have covered in the past, but is still requested: common casting mistakes. We've all made them, in this podcast learn how to identify and fix them.

Dec 09, 2010
Trout Unlimited Podcast: Sea Run Brook Trout
13:11

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with Massachussetts TU volunteer Warren Winders about sea-run brook trout and why a small stream in the midst of a cranberry bog in Massachusetts is key to this population of sea-run brook trout.

Dec 08, 2010
The Go East, Go West Podcast
45:10

Tom covers a lot of material in this podcast. In the "Fly Box" section, he compares and contrasts vests vs chest packs vs waist packs vs sling packs, he covers how best to keep your flies floating (and reveals his secret)  and then answers a question about realistic vs impressionistic flies.

The main topic of this podcast, though is what easterners can expect when taking a fishing trip west and what westerners can expect when making a trip east. What are the differences? How can you best prepare?

 

Dec 02, 2010
The Trout Unlimited Podcast- Genetically Modified Trout?
11:35

Jack Williams Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with TU’s senior scientist, Jack Williams, about the looming possibility that the Federal Drug Administration will give approval to genetically modify salmon for human consumption. Could trout be the next animal to be genetically modified for food?

  
Dec 01, 2010
Trout Unlimited Podcast- Upcoming Important Legislation for Anglers
10:57

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with Steve Moyer,     TU’s Vice President of Government Affairs, about upcoming legislation that is important to sportsmen. Steve gives an insider’s look into lobbying in Washington, D.C.—how it works and how people who care about trout and salmon can make their voices heard.

Nov 23, 2010
Fly Tying 101
18:28

As Tom was sitting down to tape this episode we got an email from a listener that made us all smile regarding his daughter's first fly. Tom reads it in this episode and tt was good timing as Tom lays out the basics of what you need to get into fly tying as a great addition to your fly fishing experience... but don't get into it thinking you're going to save money on flies! 

Good lighting, a comfortable seat, reading glasses and this podcast episode are a great start to a rewarding, lifelong hobby.

 

Nov 19, 2010
Trout Unlimited Podcast - An Interview with Sharon Lance
08:38

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, chats with Colorado Volunteer, Sharon Lance, about conservation issues in Colorado, why it’s important to get kids involved in fly fishing and why its never a good idea to have your spouse teach you how to fish.

Nov 17, 2010
Access Fly Rod Giveaway Podcast- Teaching Fly Fishing to Beginners
28:36

Wow! About 250 entries and over 500 votes in our first podcast giveaway contest to win an Access Fly Rod! Congrats to troutbumpk!

In this episode, Tom gives some tips on teaching others to fly fish and also introduces a new segment to the show: The Flybox. We get a lot of requests that can't quite fill a whole podcast, so Tom is going to address those in this new segment!

Tell us what you think! Email us at podcast@orvis.com, come by OrvisNews.com and leave a comment on the blogs, tweet us @OrvisFlyFishing or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing

 

Nov 12, 2010
Five Ways to Avoid Embarrassment on the Flats
25:05

In this episode, Brett Ference from the Orvis Double Barrel Podcast is jealous of Tom's download count so he drops by to boost his numbers a bit.

Tom and Brett discuss pointers for bonefishing: Know how to tell time, communicate with your guide, and DON'T TROUT STRIKE are among the tips here.

Think Tom should have Brett on more often? Let us know on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing or by emailing us at podcast@orvis.com.

Don't forget to check out our blog at www.orvisnews.com

Nov 04, 2010
Trout Unlimited Podcast- The Western Water Project
17:53

Chris Wood, TU's President and CEO, interviews Scott Yates, TU's Director of the Western Water Project. Together, they discuss the various water challenges that exist in various Western states and talk about how TU works to achieve a balance that is good for landowners and fish.

From river flows to irrigation, their conversation touches on some of the hottest current water debates in the West.

Nov 02, 2010
Comparing and Contrasting Wild and Stocked Trout Behaviors and How to Fish Them
27:41

Tom gets downright professorial in this information-packed episode on the differences in stocked vs wild trout and the different approaches in fishing them. A fascinating episode, bound to become one of your favorites.

Check us out online at OrvisNews.com! 

Oct 28, 2010
The Trout Unlimited Podcast - Hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale
07:11

Phil Monahan of OrvisNews.com has called the development of gas resources in the Marcellus Shale the "Pebble Mine of the East."

Hear Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited, and his guest, TU's Elizabeth Maclin, VP for Eastern Conservation discuss what the Marcellus Shale project entails, what "hydro-fracking" is and the potential impact on coldwater resources of Northern Appalachia.

Oct 26, 2010
Purposeful Solitude: Special Guest Paul Fersen Reads MOVING WATER
10:08

Tom is out this week, so we asked resident author Paul Fersen to read from a recent piece he wrote for American Angler magazine on fishing for bass off Cape Cod.

Oct 21, 2010
Trout Unlimited Podcast - TU and Field & Stream's Best Wild Places Tour
08:38

This summer, Trout Unlimited partnered with Field & Stream to showcase the Best Wild Places in America. The tour highlights six spots out West where people can experience some of the best hunting and fishing and most spectacular wilderness in the country. By fishing and hunting in these places, the goal is to inspire people to visit these places--all of which are located on public land.

Also, we hope to raise awareness about how special these places are so that they may receive the protection they deserve. Each one of the places on the tour faces some threat--development, energy disputes, or other threats that has the potential to rob future generations from the chance to experience the landscapes and wildlife. In this podcast, TU's President and CEO, Chris Wood, talks with Chris Hunt, of TU's Sportsmen's Conservation Project, about the tour.

Oct 12, 2010
Fall Fly Fishing Tips for Eastern and Western Anglers
13:16

In this episode tom is joined in teh studio by Trout Unlimited's cable show ON THE RISE host Jed Fiebelkorn to discuss tips for anglers in both the eastern and western United States.

This is a repost from earlier today due to a technical error in the last upload. 

Oct 11, 2010
Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead
22:52

Tom has three big tips for fly fishing for steelhead on location, timing and presentation. He has what he calls a half a tip on tackle. 

Leave us comments on OrvisNews.com and on our Facebook page at facebook.com/orvisflyfishing!

Oct 06, 2010
The Trout Unlimited Podcast - Trout in the Classroom
07:21

It's back to school--and TU's program, Trout in the Classroom, is part of the curriculum in hundreds of schools around the country. The program helps children learn about trout and conservation by raising trout in aquariums.  In this podcast, TU President and CEO Chris Wood talks with two TU volunteers in New York state about their experience teaching children about the wonders of trout and their life cycles. Stacey Weirl is a physical education teacher who teaches kindergarten through fifth grade at the Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale, New York.  Also joining Chris is a longtime TU volunteer, John Genovesi. John is the past president of the Croton Watershed TU chapter and directs the Trout in the Classroom program in Westchester County, New York. For more information about Trout in the Classroom, go to http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/

Oct 05, 2010
Tom Rosenbauer's Five Tips on River Access
19:01

River access is a hot issue. In this episode tom gives his 5 tips on stayign legal and getting access to land you may otherwise have skipped.

Don't forget to check out OrvisNews.com! We're blogging on fly fishing, conservation, dogs, travel, and more at www.orvisnews.com

Sep 30, 2010
The Trout Unlimited Podcast - Restoring the Mighty Penobscot
08:47

We are adding a new feature to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast by partnering with Trout Unlimited to bring you  updates on their conservation programs. Tom is a huge fan of Trout Unlimited and Orvis has been a long-time partner in their efforts to restore and protect coldwater fisheries.

In this episode TU president CEO Chris Wood interviews Jeff Reardon about restoring the Penobscot River. Involving miles and miles of river and multiple dam removals, this is the largest project of its kind in history.

We hope you enjoy this new feature of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Let us know what you think on our Facebook wall  at facebook.com/orvisflyfishing or by dropping us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Sep 28, 2010
Fly Fishing Pocket Water
30:20

Fly fishing in pocket water can be challenging, but it also provides a lot of opportunity. Make a stealthy approach and keep your casts short to avoid drag. 

Sep 24, 2010
The Saltwater Fly Fishing in the Fall, Bait Fish Migration Podcast
15:40

We haven't done a salt episode in a while... and we know a whole bunch of you folks fish salt. Tom's favorite time of year to do so is in the fall. Here are some great tips he's learned over the years.

Sep 17, 2010
100th Epsiode - The Fly Fishing with Streamers
24:22

It took 100 episodes to get here, but Tom is finally giving you the streamers podcast so many have requested! A TON of information in this episode. I bet you listen more than once to this one.

Drop us a line on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook and let us know how we're doing and reccomend future topics for the show!

Sep 01, 2010
Releasing Small trout
12:47

Small fish need to be handled very carefully so as to avoid permanently disfiguring them or worse. In this episode, Tom tells you how he learned this lesson the hard way.

Aug 26, 2010
Backcast Episode- Tom's Ten Tips on Fly Fishing at Night
34:55

This is a Backcast Episode from August 16, 2010. Fly-fishing at night is a lot of fun, but you have to change up your game a bit.... and yes occasionally you might hook a bat. Tom has ten (or so) tips on fly fishing after dark. Come by our Facebook page at orvis.com/facebook and tell us some of yours.

Aug 16, 2010
Floatant, Lenses and the Flex Index
35:04

In this podcast, Tom talks about the different kinds of floatant for dry flies, what sunglasses work best for fishing and explains the flex index and how you can use it to choose the right fly rod for you.

Aug 09, 2010
Video: Orvis Fly Fishing App Available on iTunes
08:36

We made this video as a sneak peek of our app for podcast listeners. The app went live before we could get this video to you! It is available now and you can read more on our website at http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?dir_id=758&subject=7752

Aug 09, 2010
The Long-Awaited Carp Podcast
18:33

Countless requests for this one! They fight hard, they're fussy, and they are getting more and more popular. Tom talks fly fishing for carp. 

Aug 04, 2010
How Weather Affects Fly Fishing
21:23

Tom talks weather in this podcast and how it can impact your day on the water. We also want to thank all of you for making July 2010 a record setting month for us with over 50,000 downloads of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide! Thanks so much!! 

Jul 27, 2010
Repost: Tom's Tips on Nymphing
13:29

Tom is out of town this week, so we are reposting what has proved to be a favorite on nymphing.

Fish can be amazingly fussy about the speed and depth of their prey, even if the fly pattern is right. Everything you do in nymph presentation should strive to keep your fly at a trout’s level as long as possible and at a speed that does not arouse suspicion.

Tom has great tips on nymphing  in this podcast, and you can read more at www.orvis.com/nymphs.

If you have a suggestion for a future podcast, would like to make a comment or subscribe to this podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Jul 22, 2010
Seven Tips for Still Water Fly Fishing
34:55

A longer rod and a longer leader are a good start... Tom goes into great detail on how to catch more fish on lakes and ponds.

Jul 15, 2010
Tom's Ten Tips For When There's No Hatch to Match
25:40

What do you do when you can't match the hatch and no one on the water is catching any fish? Tom tells you the things he does that may help you, too.

Also, we have a new iPhone app coming out soon... Tom reviews the features.

 

Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook

Jul 09, 2010
Trout Unlimted's CEO Chris Wood takes Your Questions
21:02

Tom sits down with the new CEO of Trout Unlimited, Chris Wood and asks him questions posted to him by fans of our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook.

A GREAT interview addressing the future of TU, getting more people into the sport and, of course, public access.

Jul 02, 2010
Reading the Rise
35:49

What does a splashing rise tell you about how a fish is feeding vs a sipping rise? Do you cast right away to a rising trout? If not, then when? In the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, Tom tells you how to read the rise to better gauge and predict a trout's behavior.

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Jun 16, 2010
Seven Tips on Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass
20:46

As water starts to warm up around the country, bass fishing is heating up, too. In the most recent episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom gives seven tips on catching more smallmouth bass including his favorite fly.

 

Have a comment or a suggestion for a future podcast? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or leave a comment on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook

Jun 10, 2010
Video: Tom's Big Break
56

Tom's been working on a big project for the CEO of Orvis and can't wait to show him the result... www.orvis.com/flies

Jun 07, 2010
How Many Fly Rods Do You Really Need?
22:06

So how many fly rods do you really need? What is the perfect all-around rod? Is there such a thing? Tom answers listeners' most frequent questions on choosing a fly rod in the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer.

Have a suggestion or question? Drop us a line on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook or email us at podcast@orvis.com.

Jun 02, 2010
Tom's Ten Tips for Saltwater Fly Fishing
28:49

In saltwater fly fishing the fish are bigger, they fight harder and your approach needs to be different. Tom gives ten tips for saltwater fly fishing in this podcast.

Have a suggestion? Drop by our Facebook page at orvis.com/facebook or email us at podcast@orvis.com.

May 26, 2010
Ten Tips for Better Line Control
20:24

Tom thinks even the best casters can sometimes use a little help when it comes to line control. In this podcast he gives his top ten tips for what to do once your line hits the water.

Have a suggestion fo the podcast? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at orvis.com/facebook.

May 21, 2010
The Dragonslayer: An Interview with Master Fly Tyer Gary Martineau
21:46

In this episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom sits down with master fly tyer, Gary Martineau. His fly patterns have been fished all over the world and he shares some of the secrets of fishing his flies to the greatest success in this podcast.

Gary  is a lifelong fly fisher, rod builder, and innovative fly tyer whose Heavyweight Stonefly pattern is the best-selling fly ever sold in the 43 year history of The Orvis News. A former research biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, he lives in northern Vermont.

Have a comment or suggestion for a future podcast? Drop by our Facebook page at orvis.com/facebook, or email us at podcast@orvis.com.

May 13, 2010
A Detailed Lesson on Nymphing with Dave Perkins
31:40

In this podcast, Tom is joined in our new podcast studio by Dave Perkins, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Orvis Company for a technical and detailed talk on nymph fishing. 

Do you have anything to add? Visist us on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook or drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

May 06, 2010
The Stealth Podcast
26:33

In this episode, Tom gets sneaky and gives tips on avoiding detection on the water... if you spook fewer fish, you catch more fish... pretty simple. Some good tips in here from color of clothing to the use of indicators.

Come by our Facebook page and drop us a line or write to us at podcast@orvis.com with suggestions for future episodes.

Apr 29, 2010
VIDEO: How to Choose a Great Fishing Lodge for Your Next Trip
20:00

This is a special edition of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Not only is it a video episode, we have special guest Paul Fersen, author of Great Fishing Lodges of North America to talk about what makes a great fishing lodge.

You can purchase Paul's book online at www.orvis.com/greatfishinglodges

Let us know what you think of this video by dropping us a line at podcast@orvis.com or by visiting us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Apr 26, 2010
15 Tips on Early Season Trout Fishing (plus two more)
40:18

Being early in trout season, Tom wanted to give a few pointers on early season trout fishing... then thought of a few more... then a few more. His list eventually reached 15 tips and as if that were not enough, he added two more suggestions at the end of this podcast. Did he miss any?

Drop us a line on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook or by emailing us at podcast@orvis.com

Apr 20, 2010
Tom's Ten tips on Leaders and Tippets
33:18

We get more quetions on leaders and tippets than any other topic. Tom picks ten emails he has received and answers your questions in this episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.

Give us a suggestion for a future podcast at www.orvis.com/facebook or by dropping us a line at podcast@orvis.com

Apr 09, 2010
8 Tips for Fly Fishing with Classic Wet Flies. (and an apology to bamboo afficionados)
24:11

Attention bamboo rod fanatics: we heard you! Tom responds to some feedback we received on one of our more popular podcasts on bamboo vs graphite and gives eight great tips on fishing classic wet flies... then throws in a bonus tip.

Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at Orvis.com/facebook to leave comments and suggest futire podcasts!

Mar 31, 2010
Corrected Post: All About Lining your Switch Rod
31:58

The last post was titled incorrectly as about SPEY lines. This podcast is actually about lining SWITCH rods.

We have had a lot of questions emailed to us and posted on our wall on Facebook regarding how to properly line a switch rod. It's complicated and confuses even those of us who do this for a living. For this podcast, Tom brought in one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry on the subject, Bill Reed, Director of Wholesale for The Orvis Company and our resident line expert. Get a pen and paper and be ready to take notes, there is a TON of information in this podcast.

Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook with suggestions or comments!

Mar 25, 2010
Tom's Top Ten Tips for Wading Safety
16:59

Wading can be a relaxing and then sometimes exhilarating experience. It can also be dangerous if you do not follow some simple safety guidelines. Tom gives his top ten wading safety tips in this podcast.

Did he miss any? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on our facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Mar 16, 2010
Felt Soles vs Rubber Soles and the Invasive Species Issue
14:45

Tom gives the Orvis stance on felt sole wading boots, the rubber sole alternative and talks about how to responsibly address the invasive species issue.

Have a suggestion for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Mar 05, 2010
Five Random, Unrelated Fly Fishing Tips
19:42

We get a lot of requests for podcasts on topics that only take a few minutes and would not warrant a full episode. So Tom put together five unrelated, small tips into this on podcast.

Have a suggestion for the podcast? drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit on us on Facebook at orvis.com/facebook.

Feb 25, 2010
Bamboo Fly Rods vs Graphite Fly Rods
23:47

Wow... you guys really wanted this one! We had a whole lot o requests for a podcast on graphite vs bamboo. Tom goes into great detail on the benefits of each and gives us some good bamboo maintenance tips.

Join us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook and leave us a comment or suggestion for a future podcast. You can also email us at podcast@orvis.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/orvispodcast

Feb 12, 2010
Casting into the Wind Featuring Orvis CEO Perk Perkins
21:23

Fly fishers biggest fear: casting into the wind. In this episode fortunate enough to have Orvis CEO Perk Perkins join him for a lively back and forth on different ways to deal with windy days on teh water.


Have a suggestion for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide? Email us at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Feb 04, 2010
Video: The New Mirage Reel from Orvis!
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Check out the New Mirage Reel from Orvis featuring Conway Bowman!
Jan 25, 2010
Ten Fly Fishing Tips for When you First Get to the Water (but this one goes to 11)
24:21
Here is a great checklist for new fly fishers and veterans for when you first get to a river. Check the temperature, take your time getting into the water and don't be afraid to change your location! Have a suggestion for the podcast? Email us at podcast@orvis.com or join us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook.
Jan 22, 2010
Landing Big Fish from a Boat with Guest Steve Hemkens
23:11
Tom has pulled in another guest for this podcast on landing big fish from a boat. Tom and Steve fish together a lot and tom knows Steve has a lot of technique to share on this topic. This is a fun podcast with a lot of information!

Have a suggestion for a future podcast? let us know at www.orvis.com/facebook or email us at podcast@orvis.com.
Jan 14, 2010
Fly Fishing Tailwaters and
34:38
The temperatures in a tailwater and available food make for bigger trout and really good good fly fishing. Tom has some great pointers in this podcast and then answers some questions regarding fishing egg and worm patterns... or what some call "junk" flies. Tom does not agree with that name, and tells us why.

Drop us a line on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook  with a suggestion for a future podcast or send us an email at podcast@orvis.com.
Jan 08, 2010
All About Floating Lines with Jim Lepage, VP of Orvis Rod & Tackle
31:11
Tom has been getting requests for a podcast on floating lines. Feeling like he could use a little more education on the subject himself, he called in Jim Lepage, Orvis Vice-President of Rod and Tackle to help address questions on their use and care. Things get really detailed in this podcast... a must-hear for the techies!

Drop us a line with a suggestion for a future podcast at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook.
Dec 30, 2009
Tom Rosenbauer's Top Ten Bonefishing Tips and One Bonus Freshwater Tip
18:57
Up here in Vermont, it's getting darker earlier and a heck of a lot colder. It does not take much for the mind to drift to thoughts of  the Bahamas and bonefish. Tom has ten great tips for bonefish anglers of every level and throws in a quick freshwater tip by request.

Visit us on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook to leave a suggestion on our wall or drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com
Dec 17, 2009
Video: NEW Sonic Seam Waders from Orvis
02:01

Check out this video of  our groundbreaking, patent-pending, and exclusive sonic-welded seam fly fishing wader technology that eliminates threads that can wear out and stitch holes that, over time, can eventually cause leaks. Find out more - http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=9X8R

Dec 11, 2009
More Winter Fly Fishing Tips from Tom Rosenbauer
22:36
The snow arrived this week in Vermont and reminded Tom that he had more tips to share with us on fly fishing in winter. Grab your hot chocolate and take notes... there's a LOT of good stuff in this episode.

Have suggestions for a future podcast? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Dec 10, 2009
Video: Tips from Orvis on Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species
02:06
Orvis Product Developer Tim Daughton with the three rules of stopping the spread of invasive species: Inspect, Clean and Dry
Dec 07, 2009
How to get Kids into Fly Tying
18:17
We get LOTS of requests asking us how to get kids into fly fishing. Tom thinks the best way is to get them interested in fly tying first.

In this podcast he tells us how to do just that.

Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com with suggestions for future podcasts or visit us on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook
Dec 01, 2009
Double Barrel's Favorite Duck Recipes
21:16
This will be the last episode of Double Barrel that will piggyback on the Fly Fishing Guide Podcast's feed. We hope you will subscribe to Orvis Double Barrel on iTunes by searching for Orvis or by going to www.orvis.com/podcast

In this episode of The Double Barrel Brett is joined by VP of Orvis Rod & Tackle and author of The Orvis Guide to Great Sporting Lodge Cuisine, Jim LePage.

Jim and Brett discuss their favorite ways to prepare duck.

Have a suggestion for a future podcast? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on our Facebook page at orvis.com/facebook.
Nov 30, 2009
The Swine Flu Survivor Steelhead Madness Podcast
26:56
Tom has returned from a very nasty bout with H1N1 to record a podcast episode on our most requested podcast topic so far: STEELHEAD! It's possible that no other topic can inspire as much discussion among anglers as fly fishing for steelhead. Tom's take on technique is "if it's legal, it works for you and you're having fun, it's all good." Whatever you style, Tom has some great tips in this podcast! Send us a suggestion for a future podcast at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at orvis.com/facebook.
Nov 13, 2009
Double Barrel: Using Trap and Skeet Shooting as Practice for the Field
10:28

In this episode, Bruce and Brett discuss how to best use your time shooting skeet or clays as practice for the field.

Drop us aline at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at orvis.com/facebook to suggest a topic!

Nov 09, 2009
Five Reasons So Many Flies Exist in the World
13:02
As suggested by listeners on our Facebook page, Tom gives five reasons there are so many flies and fly variations out there to choose from. He also tells us his favorite, go-to fly.

Send us your suggestions for a podcast to podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook

ReDownload this podcast directly here: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Five_Reasons_There_Are_So_Many_Flies_In_The_World.mp3


Nov 05, 2009
Tom Interviews Trout Unlimited's Whit Fosburgh
12:57
Whit Fosburgh, Chief Development Officer at Trout Unlimited was meeting with Tom today and we convinced him to sit down for an interview for the podcast. Whit gives us a brief overview on TU's goals for the coming year.

Want to hear more interviews on the podcast? Let us know on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook or by sending us an email at podcast@orvis.com.

Download this podcast directly at http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Tom_Interviews_Trout_Unlimiteds_Whit_Fosburgh.mp3
Oct 27, 2009
Three Tips Regarding Fly Fishing Rods and Line Weights
15:52
Another great question from our Facebook fans in two parts. What is the performance difference between two and four piece rods and when does it make sense to go with a different line weight than the weight of the rod? Tom answers in this podcast, but if you feel differently about his answers, let us know on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook Download this podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Three_Tips_Regarding_Fly_Fishing_Rods_and_Line_Weights.mp3
Oct 20, 2009
Double Barrel: Preparing for Hunting Season
09:23
This is our second episode of Double Barrel: The Orvis Hunting and Shotgunning Podcast. After two more episodes, this podcast will have its own feed and be available on iTunes as well as through Orvis.com/podcast. We hope you will subscribe! In this episode, Bruce and Brett discuss preparing for hunting season. Please do drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on our facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook with feedback for the show! Download this podcast directly at http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Double_Barrel-_Preparing_For_Hunting_Season.mp3
Oct 06, 2009
The Minimalist Fly Fisher
12:41
This episode may get us in trouble with the guys upstairs, but in this podcast Tom has some tips for the when you are in the mood to fish with as little gear as possible.

Let us know what you think of this podcast on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook or by sending us an email at podcast@orvis.com.

Download this podcast directly at http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/The_Minimalist_Fly_Fisher.mp3
Oct 05, 2009
Double Barrel's First Epsiode!
15:50
Hey folks, we have a special episode this week! We are testing a new podcast called "Orvis Double Barrel: The Hunting and Shotgunning Podcast with Bruce Bowlen and Brett Ference"

After a few episodes, Double Barrel will have it's own feed, but for now it is only available here in this podcast feed while Bruce and Brett get their feet wet.

You are ou r test audience, so we really hope you will drop us a line to let us know what you think and give us suggestions for future episodes at podcast@orvis.com or by visiting us on our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Download this podcast directly at http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Double_Barrel_Podcast_Eye_Hand_Coordination.mp3
Sep 28, 2009
Proper Catch & Release Techniques
17:54
Catch & Release fishing, when done properly, will keep fish populations healthy. When not done properly, you can kill the fish. A great topic, that was suggested via our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook. If you have a suggestion, make a comment there or send us an email at orvis.com/podcast. You can download this podcast directly at http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Proper_Catch__Release_Techniques.mp3
Sep 24, 2009
Playing Fish in Fast Water
10:53
Playing fish in fast water can be tricky; not only are you fighting the fish, but now you have to fight the water, too.

Tom has some great tips on how to net these fish more often and reminds us not to worry when we lose a few, after all, it's part of the game.

Have a topic for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast? Visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook or email us at podcast@orvis.com.

You can now follow the Orvis Podcast on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/orvispodcast

Download this podcast directly at
http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Playing_Fish_in_Fast_Water.mp3
Sep 11, 2009
All About Fly Fishing with Braided Leaders
20:37
We have had a number of requests on our Facebook page for more information on leaders. Tom is happy to oblige. 

Have a topic for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast? Visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook or email us at podcast@orvis.com.

You can now follow the Orvis Podcast on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/orvispodcast

Download this podcast directly at
http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/All_About_Fly_Fishing_With_Braided_Leaders.mp3
Aug 31, 2009
More Tips on Fly Fishing in Small Streams
12:15
As regular listeners to the podcast know, Tom loves small stream fishing. In this podcast he gives more tips on how to catch more fish than trees.

If you have an idea for the podcast, drop by our Facebook page at www.orvis.com/facebook or email us at podcast@orvis.com
Aug 20, 2009
Ridin' Dirty: Tom's Tips for Fly Fishing Muddy Water
12:56
When the water turns muddy, do you head home or resort to plan B?

Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or visit us on Facebook at orvis.com/facebook.

Download this podcast directly at:
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Aug 14, 2009
Bass and Panfish Fly Fishing Tips
19:28
Tom takes another request from our Facebook page and gives some great tips on fishing for bass and panfish. Have a request? Visit us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook or drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com Download this podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Bass_and_Panfish_Fly_Fishing_Tips.mp3
Aug 11, 2009
The Top Five Casting Mistakes Fly Fishers Make
08:37
How many false casts do you make before your fly hits the water? According to Tom, the biggest mistake fly fishers make is too many false casts. Find out his other four in this podcast. You can download this podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/The_Top_Five_Casting_Mistakes_Fly_Fishers_Make.mp3
Aug 04, 2009
Video: Fly Fishing with the Helios Switch Rod
03:02
Tom shows off the brand new Helios Switch rods! If you have problems viewing this video, download the latest version of Quicktime at http://www.apple.com/quicktime or check out the video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gh3NkVtQuk Download this file directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Fly_Fishing_Rod-_Orvis_Helios_Switch_Rod.mp4
Jul 31, 2009
All Tom Knows About Fly Fishing with Sinking Lines
22:30
Tom claims that this podcast contains all he knows about sinking lines and how to best take advantage of them when fly fishing. Did he leave anything out? Drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or join us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook Download the Podcast Directly here: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Fly_Fishing_With_Sinking_Lines.mp3
Jul 24, 2009
This weekend on the Roaring Branch River in Arlington, VT
01:18
A brief video from the Roaring Branch.
Jul 20, 2009
Five Common Mistakes Fly Fishers Make with Leaders and Tippets
07:52
Some people think that leaders and tippets are the most critical element in your fly fishing set up. In this podcast, Tom gives the five most common mistakes with leaders and tippets that are easy to make, but just as easy to remedy. Download this podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Five_Common_Mistakes_Fly_Fishers_Make_with_Leaders_and_Tippets.mp3
Jul 07, 2009
Top Five Fly Fishing Tips for Fishing Unfamiliar Waters
11:48
Unfamiliar waters don't have to be intimidating. In this podcast Tom gives 5 tips to address both fresh and saltwater situations. If you have suggestions for a future episode of this podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or leave us a message on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook. Download this podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Top_Five_Fly_Fishing_Tips_for_Fishing_Unfamiliar_Waters.mp3
Jun 26, 2009
Tom Rosenbauer's Tips for Fly Fishing in the Surf
18:47

You never know what you are going to encounter when you fish the surf and in this podcast Tom helps you be prepared for whatever comes your way. To get started grab a stripping basket, practice your double haul and download this podcast.

If you have suggestions for this podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com or leave us a message on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Tom_Rosenbauers_Tips_for_Fly_Fishing_in_the_Surf.mp3

Jun 23, 2009
Fly Fishing Tips for Small Streams
20:26

The fish may be smaller, but it sure is a lot of fun!

In this podcast, Tom shares tips on fly fishing small streams.

Join us on Facebook at http://www.orvis.com/facebook to leave us suggestions for future podcasts, or drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Fly

http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Fly_Fishing__Tips_for_Small_Streams.mp3

 

 

Jun 09, 2009
Tips on Fly Fishing the Baetis / Blue Wing Olive Hatch
12:32

The baetis hatch is Tom's favorite and in this podcast he shares his tips for making the most of it.

Join us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook to leave us suggestions for future podcasts, or drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Subscribe to this podcast at www.orvis.com/podcast

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/The_Orvis_Fly_Fishing_Guide_Podcast_EP31.mp3

May 04, 2009
Fly Fishing High and Low Flow River Conditions
17:15

Today is Tom's birthday and as he is a "go with the flow" kinda guy, we are posting a podcast on how to do just that.

In this podcast, Tom shares advice on how best to manage high and low river flow conditions. As it is spring, he focuses primarily on high flow.

Join us on Facebook at www.orvis.com/facebook and leave us comments or email us suggestions at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP30.mp3

Apr 24, 2009
Lord of the Flies: Managing your Fly Collection
15:11

Tom shares his tips for effectively  managing your fly collection.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com

You can download this podcast directly at:

http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP29.mp3

Apr 08, 2009
Proper Care and Maintenance of your Fly Fishing Tackle
17:17

You have invested a lot in your fly fishiing tackle. In this podcast, Tom has some pointers on maintenance of your gear to keep it in great shape for years of enjoyment.

If you have a suggestion for a show, email us at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP28.mp3

Mar 23, 2009
Fly Fishing with Multi Fly Rigs
11:43

Fly fishing with more than one fly at a time can yield great results. Tom shares why it makes sense and how to do it right in this podcast.

If you have suggestions for a future podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP27.mp3

Feb 24, 2009
Video: Layering up for Winter Fishing
03:26

In our last podcast, Tom talked about staying warm on the water. In this video, he shows some great products from Orvis that will keep you comfortable when the temperatures drop.

If you have a suggestion for our podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP_layering.mp4

Feb 13, 2009
Staying Warm while Fly Fishing in the Winter Months
11:36

In this podcast you will learn tips for staying warm while fly fishing in the winter months.

We will also post a video on this same subject.

If you have a suggestion for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP26.mp3
Feb 11, 2009
Tom Rosenbauer's Basic Bonefishing Tips
09:16

If you are headed out for your first bonefishing trip, or just want a few pointers, Tom has some great tips.

If you have a suggestion for a future podcast, or a comment. drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Download this podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP25.mp3
Feb 05, 2009
Fly Fishing with Midges
07:43

Don't fear the tiny flies! Tom has some pointers to help with midge fishing.

If you have comments or questions for our podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast driectly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP24.mp3
Jan 27, 2009
Fly Fishing in Winter
10:14
Leave your streamers at home. Trout are sluggish in winter and Tom has some great tips to help you locate and hook them. If you have a suggestion for this podcast, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com. http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP23.mp3
Jan 05, 2009
Tom's Steelhead Tips
11:42

In this podcast, Tom shares his steelhead tips. Arrive early, go home late, be ready for nasty weather and you could be rewarded with some great fishing.

If you have any comments or suggestions for future podcasts, drop us a line at podcast@orvis.com.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP22.mp3
Dec 04, 2008
Fly Fishing in the Fall
12:34

When the leaves change, so should your fly fishing techniques. Tom shares his tips for effective fly fishing in the fall.

If you have a comment or suggestion for a future podcast, please email us at podcast@orvis.com

http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP21.mp3
Oct 24, 2008
The Art of the Hook Set (part 2)
08:59

All of us, from time to time, have struggled with setting the hook and wound up losing the fish. In this, the second of a two part series, Tom gives tips on effective hook setting techniques for saltwater and big game fish.

If you have a comment or suggestion for a future podcast, please email us at podcast@orvis.com

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP20.mp3
Oct 09, 2008
The Art of the Hook Set (Part 1)
11:52

All of us, from time to time, have struggled with setting the hook and wound up losing the fish.

In this, the first of two parts, Tom gives tips on effective hook setting techniques for freshwater and smaller species.

Next week he talks saltwater and big game fish. If you have a comment or suggestion for a future podcast, please email us at podcast@orvis.com

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP19.mp3
Sep 25, 2008
Video: Orvis Helios Promo Video
03:20

Tom has been pretty tied up for the past couple of weeks with the Fly Fishing Retailer Show in Denver. He will be back soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this video montage set to the music of our own John Stalcup from the Orvis web design department.

Please send comments or suggestions for future podcasts to podcast@orvis.com

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Helios-Beanpole.mp4
Sep 19, 2008
Video: Prospecting for Trout (Part 3 of 3)
14:45

Tom Rosenbauer hosts the third episode in a three part video series on how to read trout streams.

This piece comes from THE NEW FLY FISHER television series. Read more at www.thenewflyfisher.com.

To subscribe to The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Prospecting_for_Trout_Part_3.mp4
Sep 11, 2008
Video: Project Healing Waters Assists Injured Veterans through Fly Fishing
03:52

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.

For the month of September 2008, round up your purchase on www.orvis.com and Orvis will match your contribution.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/PHW_riverjustknows.mp4
Sep 01, 2008
Video: Prospecting for Trout (Part II of III)
06:09

Tom Rosenbauer hosts the second part in a three part video series on how to read trout streams. This piece comes from THE NEW FLY FISHER television series. Read more at www.thenewflyfisher.com.

To subscribe to The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Prospecting_for_Trout_Part_2.mp4
Aug 28, 2008
Video: Prospecting for Trout (Part I of III)
08:13

Tom Rosenbauer, author of Prospecting for Trout, hosts a three part video series on how to read trout streams. This piece comes from THE NEW FLY FISHER television series. Read more at www.thenewflyfisher.com.

To subscribe to The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Prospecting_for_Trout_Part_1.mp4
Aug 21, 2008
The Battenkill Large Arbor Reel
03:03

In this video, Tom shows off the attributes of the new Battenkill Large Arbor Reel from The Orvis Company.

Check out customer reviews of the BLA by visiting  www.orvis.com and searching for "Battenkill Large Arbor Reel" in the search window.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/Battenkill_Large_Arbor_Video.mp3
Aug 18, 2008
Choosing a Fly Rod
14:01

A number of listeners have emailed Tom (at podcast@orvis.com) asking for his advice on choosing a fly rod. It can be an intimidating process, but made easier if you break it out into steps.

After listening to this podcast you can get more information on selecting a rod at www.orvis.com/flexindex

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP18.mp3
Aug 14, 2008
Fishing the Trico Hatch
14:36

This week Tom impresses us with his biggest word, yet: Tricorythodes.

By listener request, Tom gives some great tips on fishing the trico hatch. The flies are small, but it is worth the extra effort.You can read more about trico at www.orvis.com/trico.

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.  

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP17.mp3
Aug 07, 2008
Video: Silver Label XT Bootfoot Waders
02:15

From time to time, we plan to show you all some videos of products we are really excited about.

In this video, Tom gives an overview of the Silver Label XT Bootfoot Waders from Orvis. Read more about the Silver Label waders at www.orvis.com.

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/silverlabel.mp4
Aug 04, 2008
Fly Fishing in Still Water
11:20

We have been talking a lot about fishing in rivers. As a change up, here are Tom's tips on fly fishing in still water for bass and panfish. There is a LOT of information in this podcast!

Our podcasts are fueled by your suggestions so keep them coming!

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP16.mp3
Jul 31, 2008
Driftboat Etiquette
11:32

Our old friend, Tom Murray wrote in and asked us if we could record a podcast on driftboat etiquette. So, Mr. Murray, here ya go. Tom gives some great pointers for the first timers and old timers alike.

Our podcasts are fueled by your suggestions so keep them coming!

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP15.mp3
Jul 24, 2008
Fly Casting Tips: We can't all be Fran Tarkenton
10:08

To improve your cast, follow these 4 steps:

1) Listen to this podcast
2) Practice
3) Practice
4) Practice

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP14.mp3
Jul 18, 2008
The Reel World
14:56

For the second week in a row, Tom responds to a listener request. This week he gives advice on choosing the right fly reel for the job and reel management.

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP13.mp3
Jul 10, 2008
Listener Request: Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Tips
15:16

Gary of Columbus, Ohio wrote to us asking for Tom to give his pointers on fly fishing for smallmouth bass. Tom grants that request in this podcast with some great tips.

You can learn more about smallmouth bass fishing at www.orvis.com/smallmouth.

To all of our listners in the United States, have a great Fourth of July weekend!

If you have suggestions for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, or to subscribe, visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP12.mp3
Jul 03, 2008
An Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing
12:56

A great introduction to fly fishing  in saltwater for those who have never done it, and an excellent refresher (with new pointers)  for the rest of us!

If you have a suggestion for a future podcast, would like to make a comment or subscribe to this podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP11.mp3
Jun 26, 2008
Tom's Tips on Nymphing
13:29

Fish can be amazingly fussy about the speed and depth of their prey, even if the fly pattern is right. Everything you do in nymph presentation should strive to keep your fly at a trout’s level as long as possible and at a speed that does not arouse suspicion.

Tom has great tips on nymphing  in this podcast, and you can read more at www.orvis.com/nymphs.

If you have a suggestion for a future podcast, would like to make a comment or subscribe to this podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP10.mp3

Jun 19, 2008
Meet the Beetles
11:01

Trout have to eat something, and with mayfly and caddis hatches dwindling, especially in the eastern United States, they start feeding on terrestrials like ants, grasshoppers and beetles.

Tom gives some great tips on how to fish terrestrial patterns in this podcast and you can read more at www.orvis.com/beetles.

If you have a suggestion for a future podcast, would like to make a comment or subscribe to this podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP9.mp3
Jun 12, 2008
Father's Day Special: Teaching a Child to Fly Fish
08:25

Father's Day is coming up and Tom has some advice on taking a child fly fishing for the first time. Included are some great tips for fly fishing for panfish.

If you have a suggestion for a future podcast, would like to make a comment or would like to subscribe to this podcast, please visit www.orvis.com/podcast.

Download the podcast directly at: http://media.libsyn.com/media/orvisffguide/OFFGP8.mp3
Jun 05, 2008
The Best Hatch is Not a Hatch at All
10:16

The best hatch you may ever encounter is not a hatch at all. When mayflies return to a river to lay their eggs, it may be the best opportunity to catch your biggest trout on a dry fly.

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May 29, 2008
Low and Slow: Spring Trout Fishing Techniques
08:09

This is a good week for Tom's tips on how to fish early spring waters for trout: Go low and slow. Also, what you can learn from worm fishers.

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May 22, 2008
Tom Talks Knots
05:43

In this podcast, Tom gives three helpful hints on knot tying.

The Orvis website has a great, animated instructional knot tying section at www.orvis.com/knots (click on the"VIEW ANIMATED KNOTS" button)

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May 15, 2008
Choosing a Leader
12:58

In this podcast Tom tells you everything you need to know about leaders. What does 6x mean? How long should your leader be? What's better; nylon or flourocarbon?

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May 08, 2008
Reading the Water (3 of 3)
06:27

In the third and final part of Tom's series on reading the water, Tom explains how to use lessons learned in the previous two podcasts to help you catch more fish. Learn how to best fish boulders and sweepers.

Next week: leaders and their importance.

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May 01, 2008
Reading the Water (2 of 3)
08:19

In this, the second part of a three part series on reading the water, Tom discusses basic river hydraulics and how just knowing a few simple rules will help you a lot on the river.

Next week, Tom will teach us how to apply what we have learned in the "Reading the Water" series. Tom will discuss his approach to boulders and sweepers... what is a sweeper? Find out next week!

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Apr 24, 2008
Reading the Water (1 of 3)
06:57

Welcome to the first podcast of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide with Tom Rosenbauer! Each week we will be bringing you a fly fishing tip to help you get the most of your time on the water.

This week we start a three part series on "reading the water" to help find fish. In this episode, Tom speaks to how knowing the basic survival needs and behaviors of trout can help you become a better angler.

Next week, Tom will cover basic hydraulics with a few simple rules about the way water moves in a river and how trout react to that movement.

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Apr 17, 2008