Chris Santella, author of the 50 Places to Visit Before You Die book series, is here to break down some of the best places to fish. We find out what was like to interview some of the greats in fly fishing and outdoor sports. We also talk about his band, Catch and Release, how they wrote songs, and their influences in music. You’re gonna love this one!

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Show Notes with Chris Santella

11:30 – Chris caught his first steelhead on the North Umpqua River.

21:15 – He tells us how the idea for the book came about.

32:30 – Chris’ first book was, Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die: Golf Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations, published in 2004.

34:50 – He’s done 16 other ’50 Places’ books after the golf one.

36:00 – The book about sailing was a challenge to write for him. That was his third ’50 places’ book written.

44:05 – Chris interviewed Frank Moore for his fly fishing book as well as other respected names in fly fishing and fly tying.


54:00 – Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die has done very well too.

55:15 – We talk about his music background. He had a band called, Catch and Release. They wrote and recorded original songs. Check out their music here.

1:00:00 – They play live regularly at the Oakshire Beer Hall in Portland.

1:02:00 – The Grateful Dead band was a great influence on Chris. His favorite song was Jack Straw.

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