WFS 350 – Semperfli Synthetic Fly Tying Materials with Ann and Andy Kitchener

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We go behind the scenes with Ann and Andy Kitchener, owners and founders of Semperfli, to learn how they created some of the best fly tying materials on the market today.

We hear what it’s like to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022 – the ultimate and most prestigious award given nationally to a business, and meet Prince Charles.

We break down some of their most in-demand products around the world and find out how fly tyers make it to the Semperfli Pro Team.

 

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Semperfli Show Notes with Ann & Andy

03:30 – Ann and Andy semi-retired 14 years ago. As they were getting into fly fishing and fly tying, they realized that most threads on the market at the time were easy to split so they decided to make better threads

05:30 – They grew 44% a year since they started and then 3 years ago, they launched their Classic Waxed Thread

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06:40 – Now they supply threads to 56 different countries around the world

07:15 – The Nano Silk GSP is their most in-demand product

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09:00 – Andy tells us how they created one of the strongest threads on the market

09:55 – GlobalFlyFisher.com is a great resource for fly fishing and fly tying blogs – Martin Joergensen was on the podcast at WFS 099

12:50 – They have some artificial jungle cock

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13:05 – One of their oldest products, Straggle String, is a great alternative for Peacock Herl

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14:40 – They also got Synthetic Rabbit Zonkers “Wabbit” – There’s a video of Roy Ole Læhren Jakobsen testing the Semperfli Synthetic Zonkers. Scroll down to see that vid!

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20:00 – Splitting a thread is useful for dubbing loops. Their waxed thread is designed for splitting.

21:00 – Their Kapok Dubbing supports 30x its own weight in the water – it’s one of their top-selling materials today

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23:00 – Their Dirty Bug Yarn was developed 3 years ago

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25:00 – Andy tells us what materials to get started with if you’re a beginner coming in to fly tying

27:00 – Tim Cammisa was on a while back – he’s an Ambassador of Semperfli in the US

28:10 – Hackle and CDC are materials that are difficult to make synthetic

30:00 – Andy talks about the “cytis” being endangered around the world so its feathers are illegal to use for fly tying – people get arrested for its use

34:55 -Andy is known in the business as the “naughty professor” – he does a ton of research and experiments to come up with the best possible fly-tying materials

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36:45 – They’ve got 80 strong Pro Team around the world – they have an event called Fly Jam which is like Christmas for the team because they get a box full of materials from Semperfli

40:00 – Ann tells us how fly tiers make it to the Semperfli Pro Team – you can email them, show them your portfolio, and let them know why you are a great fit for the Semperfli family

43:20 – Son Tao is a very talented fly tier

46:40 – We talk about their lead-free wires

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49:35 – Their Straggle Legs serve as synthetic insect legs

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51:00 – One of the notable mentions is their Perfect Quills

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54:25 – Semperfli recently received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022 – the ultimate and most prestigious award given nationally to a business.

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58:00 – We hear about their experience entering Buckingham Palace, meeting Prince Charles

1:02:00 – Ann and Andy share some business tips bag

1:11:30 – Bill Oyster was on the podcast recently – a very passionate bamboo fly rod maker

1:15:30 – Ann and Andy share some bonus marriage tips 💑

 

You can find Semperfli on Instagram at @semperfly_flytying

Visit their website at Semperfli.net

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Resources Noted in the Show

globalflyfisher.com

 

Semperfli Videos Noted in the Show

 

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 285 – 21st Century Materials for Fly Tying with Tim Cammisa from Trout and Feather

WFS 099 – The Global FlyFisher with Martin Joergensen – Sea Trout, Denmark, Fly Tying, Sea-Run Brown Trout

 

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WFS 349 – Camp n Car with Steve Moore – Bunk Trunk, Van Life, Camping

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Steve Moore from Camp n Car is here to show us how to turn your vehicle into a camping machine.

We discover how you can actually turn almost any vehicle into a camper, what the van life world is all about, and how to organize your gear for your next fishing, camping, or outdoor excursion.

From Honda Element to Honda Fit to SUVs and vans to ProMasters, CNC build these custom campers and make lovely homes out of them. 

Seems impossible? Listen to this episode to find out how!

 

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Camp n Car Show Notes with Steve Moore

02:20 – In his late 20s, Steve quit his job and bought a Honda Element and converted it to a mobile camper – he drove to Alaska with it and lived out of it for 6 months

04:00 – Someone gave them an idea about selling these campers so he and his partner, Martin Nerbovig decided to do it

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05:00 – They specialize in DIY assembly, flat packable camper builds that you can use in a variety of vehicles

07:15 – Steve tells us how a Honda Element turns into a camper

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09:30 – They’ve also got Trunk Bunk that fits perfect for a wide variety of SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks

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10:20 – They did a custom kit for a Honda Fit recently

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11:55 – They had a custom Dodge Van camper at one of the shows

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24:00 – Weight is a concern for vehicles since they have a certain capacity for safety and gas in general so that’s why they use plywood for the interior to keep it light

36:30 – Bob Wells is one of those Youtube van life celebrities (CheapRVliving) – Camp n Car works with them

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41:45 – You can donate to Bob’s nonprofit org – Homes on Wheels Alliance

44:45 – The Facebook marketplace is the best place to find a good deal if you want to purchase used vehicles

49:45 – Steve tells us about the Australian guys he met who turned a van into a solar-powered vehicle

50:45 – Steve shares what’s coming up for Camp n Cars – they bought their first 2022 Promaster van to work on. These kits will be available on the market soon.

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53:30 – Steve bought a Toyota Tacoma recently for a fairly good price

 

You can find Camp n Car on Instagram @campncar

Learn more about what they have going at CampnCar.com

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Camp n Car Videos Noted in the Show

 

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 238 – Truck Camping Gear with Brent Baker from Oregon AT

 

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WFS 348 – Fly Fishing Stillwaters & Euro Nymphing with Norman Maktima – High Desert Angler

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Norman Maktima, competitive angler from Team USA, shares a number of tips on fly fishing stillwaters, euro nymphing, and casting.

Norman tells us how he fished his way up from the Youth Team to representing Team USA in international competitions.

We discover how to analyze a lake before getting started, how the loch style can be more effective, and also how to fish buggers and leeches.

He also shares a little about his Native American roots which is pretty interesting.

 

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Fly Fishing Stillwaters Show Notes with Norman Maktima

04:26 – Norman currently lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico – he grew up in a town called Pecos

05:30 – Devin Olsen and Lance Egan were here at WFS 043 and WFS 108

05:30 – Norman started on the USA youth team (1998)

07:15 – Norman listened to one of our recent episodes with Taylor Streit. They were on the same team in 1998. Davie Watton was their assistant coach. They finished 2nd but Norman won the individual gold.

09:45 – Norman became the assistant coach for the youth team in 1999. From there he was asked to compete with the adult team. In 2001, he competed with the adult team for the first time in Slovakia

12:30 – Shoutout to Zach Vandehey – he co-hosted an episode at WFS 212

15:30 – Tip: Look for those high points – ridge lines that create a nice underwater point

17:10 – They did all their National competitions on stillwater – Lava Lake, Crane Perry

23:40 – Pop’s Bugger and Humongous are Norman’s go-to flies

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30:30 – Norman breaks down his competition setup – they fish 6, 7, or 8 wt, 10-foot rods. They’re not allowed to stand on the boat.

31:00 – Norman talks about his pull and retrieve techniques

39:20 – He’s got 12 extra spools. Airflo is one of his favorite fly lines.

41:45 – He explains why their boats should move perpendicular to the wind

46:00 – Drift sock prevents you from struggling to keep contact with your flies as you’re retrieving

50:30 – Tip: On the boat, take a towel and get it damped – lay it down like a casting platform to have a clean surface to cast

51:10 – Tip: Keep your head on the swivel – always look around

58:55 – We mentioned some good resources for fly fishing stillwaters like Phil Rowley and Brian Chan’s book

59:50 – Lance Egan and the Fly Fish Food crew are great resources for video tying tutorials

1:02:00 – Norman’s favorite pattern is the Humungous (size 10 hook). Enter your Top Fly here and get a chance to win a box of flies from JH Fly Co

1:07:50 – Norman came from the indigenous people in the South West

1:10:50 – We had Matt Shilling from Indifly recently on the podcast. Norman mentioned the film by Patagonia called, Tribal Waters – watch that film below 👇🏻👇🏻

1:15:30 – Supaman HipHop also came from a Native American culture – a great influence on his music

1:16:50 – Norman shares a bunch of tips on Euro nymphing, casting, and leader setup

1:21:00 – You can get one of Norman’s original flies at Umpqua Feather Merchants – HDA Fav Variant

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1:22:00 – We hear a tip on keeping the distance between your flies, dropper and point fly

 

You can find Norman on Instagram at @nmaktima_flyfishing

Check out his YouTube videos at NMaktima Fly Fishing

 

 

Fly Fishing Stillwaters Resources Noted in the Show

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Videos Noted in the Show

 

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 303 – Umpqua Feather Merchants with Russ Miller + Euro Nymphing Bonus

WFS 065 – 400 Species on the Fly with Jeff Currier | Fly Fishing for African Tigers, Jack Dennis

WFS 043 – Devin Olsen’s Euro Nymphing Rig and Tips from a Competitive Angler

 

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WFS 347 – Streamers for Trout with Tommy Lynch – Brown Trout, Drunk and Disorderly, Pere Marquette

Tommy Lynch – the fish whisperer, one of the gurus of the streamer game, brings his A-game today.

We discover why the baro above all variables seems to be one of the important things that he looks at – how to read water and where to put your fly. We find out the difference in technique between fishing clean and muddy waters, and also how the Drunk and Disorderly fly came to be.

Ever since Kelly Galloup gave a shout-out to Tommy in episode 52, I’ve been counting the days to make this episode happen. Now the time has come. This is definitely going to scratch your itch for technical fly fishing. Lots of tips and tricks here.

 

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Show Notes with Tommy Lynch

08:10 – Tommy lives between Baldwin and Lexington Michigan in a town called Branch – there are about 100 trout streams within 100 miles of where he lives

09:40 – Steelhead in the Fall is pretty strong where

11:10 – Tommy describes how mousing under a full moon is like

13:00 – We talk about his original fly pattern, the Drunk & Disorderly

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20:20 – Tommy talks about the “small water big fly streamers stuff” that he’s been doing in the last 6 years

22:00 – Black flies work better on muddy waters and olive work great on clear waters

28:00 – Tommy uses Airflo lines

29:00 – Tommy states that “euro nymphing is a deadly terribly productive way to catch a fish on a fly and a poor way to learn how to fly fish” and he explains why

51:00 – Putting eyes on flies makes the trout want to bite the fly head first

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57:15 – Tommy fished with Sex Dungeon a lot – a Kelly Galloup pattern. He started with Stripped Leeches and Zoo Cougar for articulated flies

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1:12:10 – He loves to taper down his leader

1:15:05 – For tippet, he uses 0-X when fishing the drunk

1:16:54 – Tommy is a Sage man through and through

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1:29:00 – Tommy talks about how people make it to the black list

1:33:25 – The key to a successful day on the water is.. “bring some faith”

1:37:22 – Tommy describes the difference between a fisherman and an angler

1:44:30 – FullingMill.com is where you can get Tommy’s flies

 

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You can find Tommy on Instagram @thefishwhisperer.com_tommy

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Resources Noted in the Show

1884 Fly Shop – Baldwin, MI

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Videos Noted in the Show

 

Related Podcast Episodes

Streamer fly fishing Tips with Kelly Galloup (WFS 052)

 

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WFS 346 – Fly Fishing Gear for Alaska with FishHound Expeditions – Ask a Pro, Rainbow Trout, Salmon

Adam Cuthriell and the FishHound Expeditions crew takes us on a remote Alaskan Wilderness float trip. We break down the recommended fly fishing gear for Alaska trip and all that you need to prepare for – from the best flies to the best fly rod to the best clothing to get you ready for that trip of a lifetime and make your experience 10 out of 10.

Find out what a rainbow hitting a mice sounds like in this episode and how you can put together your own remote Alaskan trip.

 

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Fly Fishing Gear for Alaska Show Notes with Adam Cuthriell

01:30 – Adam was on the podcast in episode 324 here and broke down all of the trips he leads in Alaska including the trip to Kodiak Island.

07:10 – The RIO Outband Short is the goto line for fishing Alaska.

08:36 – The RIO Pip Squeak is the goto pattern for your mouse pattern and mousing for rainbows.

15:00 – We are doing a giveaway later this year so stay tuned and we will share more on that.  The giveaway will be listed here when it’s live:  Alaska Trip Giveaway

17:11 – Make sure to get a good head net for the trip as a backup.  Here’s a Sea to Summit from REI.

17:30 – Fingerless gloves are a key to keeping your hands warm when needed and keeping the bugs from bugging you during the day.

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18:09 – A hoodie and layering is super critical.  Here’s an article that walks you through some tips on layering throughout the year.

18:35 – The fake down insulated pants by patagonia are key.

19:00 – Seal socks are super nice along with usb socks.

20:30 – Pocket knife, lighters, water gremlin for split shot,

22:37 – The NRS Bills bag comes with the trip.  NRS was on the podcast here and talked about the story of the founder, Bill Parks who gave the company to his employees.

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24:30 – The Steelhead Gear list podcast and blog post is a good resource to dig into the gear for the winter.

25:30 – Sleeping bag, pillow is important to bring, but a tent and pad is not required on this trip.

26:50 – Owner hooks and pegs work well for doing the bead thing.

 

Learn more about these trips at FishHound Expeditions

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Fly Fishing Gear for Alaska Resources 

Here’s a podcast on steelhead winter gear

The Ultimate Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Gear List – Rods, Reels, Fly Lines, Waterproof Bags, Resources

 

Videos Noted in the Show

Mousing for Alaska Rainbows

 

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Fly Fishing Gear for Alaska Conclusion 

FishHound Expeditions is on the show today to share the fly fishing gear for Alaska you need to get off to a great start.  We find out what the take is like for rainbow trout on the surface for mice.

We dig into swinging mice for rainbows, fishing beads for trout and the right hook to use.  This is the kickoff to the Alaskan Givewaway we have coming later this fall.

WFS 345 – Patagonia the Company with Ted Manning – Conservation, Home Planet, Yvon Chouinard

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Ted Manning is here to walk us behind the scenes of Patagonia –  the company that’s in business to save our home planet.

Patagonia, as we know, is one of the biggest outdoor brands. But they’re more than just a brand. They’re the most responsible company in the world, leading the way in conservation.

Ted tells us a brief history of Patagonia – how Yvon Chouinard started this nontraditional company and how it’s going. We dig in detail into some of the projects they’re running right now – gear repair facility, Action Works tool, awareness films, and more.

Find out why they changed their company mission and why they want to actually slow down their growth.

 

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Show Notes with Ted Manning and Patagonia the Company

05:40 – The business unit that Ted represents is called, Rivers. They make the equipment, accessories, and all the fly fishing gear for Patagonia. Their commitment is to the communities that advocate and recreate rivers.

08:10 – They have a tool called, Action Works where you can go online and see the organizations that they’re partnering with. You can also check if there are any projects nearby your area that you can take part in.

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09:40 – We talk about Yvon Chouinard and his classic quote, “the more you know, the less you need”

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10:50 – Ted tells us how they’re running a responsible business in a nontraditional way

13:30 – Patagonia’s mission now is “we’re in business to save our home planet”

18:30 – We talk about the time when people didn’t believe that producing pure organic cotton was possible

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21:30 – They run a repair facility to minimize the impact of product creation

23:45 – We dig into the book Yvon wrote, Let My People Go Surfing – Ted tells the story of how Yvon started Patagonia

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28:15 – Ted talks about why they’re slowing down their growth

31:15 – There was a book written in the early 70s by an economic theorist named, EF Schumacher called, Small is Beautiful – a great resource to learn more about growth in a finite resource

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38:55 – Patagonia just released a film called Tribal Waters in collaboration with Teton Gravity and Indifly – scroll below to watch that film

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40:00 – Riverhorse Nakadate was on the podcast in episode 266 where we talked about the Boundary Waters

40:15 – Ted mentions a list of projects that they’re focusing on today

46:50 – The Monster in Our Closet is another film that they released is a short look at what it cost when you buy a piece of apparel – the story behind the product and the reality of the impact that the global apparel business has including Patagonia – scroll down to watch that film

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48:55 – Ted gives us a piece of advice on what we can do with the podcast to help with conservation work

50:28 – Ted makes an emphasis on repairing your gear and don’t buy new stuff so much

53:30 – Patagonia has partnered with Bureo – they recycle old fishing nets and turn them into apparel

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54:20 – They launched a new wading boot in Europe – built with Fitwell

 

 

You can find Patagonia on Instagram

@patagonia

@patagonia_flyfish

Website at Patagonia.com

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Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 272 – Costa with Evan Russell – How to Choose Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing

WFS 266 – The Boundary Waters in Minnesota with Riverhorse Nakadate

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Conclusion with Ted and Patagonia the Company

So there you go. Pretty powerful stuff today.

I hope this episode inspired you to take some action today. That tool Action Works really works, you know. Just scan for nearby projects to find out how you can connect and contribute. Every little action combined makes a big difference and helps us achieve our goal to save the home planet. Do it for your children and your children’s children, so that they may have a better world to live in when you’re long gone.

And remember.. don’t buy new gear! Have them repaired instead (if still possible).

WFS 344 – Fly Trap Fly Holder with Phil Montano

Phil Montano, owner and inventor of the Fly Trap Holder, tells us the story behind creating some of the most innovative and inexpensive fly fishing gear on the market today.

Phil’s goal is to make life easier on the water, actually fishing rather than just digging through the fly box or doing anything else that just eats up your time while fishing.

Find out how his frustration led to a brilliant idea that solves problems for many anglers out there. 

 

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Fly Trap Holder Show Notes with Phil Montano

03:30 – The Fly Trap started from Phil’s frustration of getting all the fly fishing accessories organized

08:30 – You can have multiple cylinders for different types of flies

10:30 – The Fly Trap uses a no-fail carabiner

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12:30 – His product doesn’t eliminate the need for a fly box – the main purpose is to lessen the digging and have everything in front of you

18:50 – We noted Lid Rig – we had Scott Wilday, founder of Lidrig, in episode 250

21:15 – We talk about the Magnifly which also has a magnet for flies – Phil calls them the “on-deck” flies. You can clip this to your hat.

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27:30 – There are 2 different cylinders for the Fly Trap. The new one has a 6-rig cylinder

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30:15 – Ben Sittig talked about the things you don’t need for fly fishing in episode 223 – it’s a bit of comedy

31:39 – The biggest win for Phil is the feedback – he loves it when people tell him how his products work great for them

35:10 – I did an unboxing video of the Fly Trap – scroll down to watch that video!

37:15 – Phil is a Graphic Designer by trade – he’s been doing it for over 32 years

39:20 – Phil’s Top Fly is a Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph – enter your Top Fly here and get a chance to win a box of flies from JH Fly Co

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42:30 – One of Phil’s favorite documentary films is Dogtown and Z-Boys

43:20 – Henry Winkler was on the podcast recently at WFS 334 

 

You can find Phil on Instagram at @flytrapholder

All his link can be found here: linktr.ee/artisanangler

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Videos Noted in the Show

 

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 250 – Goto Fly Fishing Accessories with Scott Wilday from LidRig

 

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Fly Trap Holder Conclusion

So there you go.

I hope this episode inspired you to see problems differently. Problems could lead to a brilliant solution waiting to be discovered. 

I think Phil and his team are doing an amazing job developing products that help a lot of anglers out there. I know because I’ve been using his Fly Trap Holder since 2018 and I love it!

Have you tried any of Phil’s products? How’s your experience? Let us know in the comments.

WFS 343 – Bamboo Fly Rod Making Class with Bill Oyster – Oyster Bamboo

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Bill Oyster, owner and founder of Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods, walks us through the 6-day class of bamboo fly rod making.

Bill takes us back to his humble beginnings when he was first learning the art of making bamboo fly rods and there were not many resources available. Now Bill is a master at the craft and Oyster Bamboo is one the best in the industry today, sharing their knowledge with people who want to continue the tradition.

We discover the biggest myth about bamboo fly rods and the common mistakes that people make in crafting process.

How do they build these rods to perfection and custom hand engrave the reel seat the size of a nickel? Listen to the episode to find out!

 

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 Bamboo Fly Rod Making Show Notes with Bill Oyster

05:00 – The first bamboo rod Bill fished, he created

05:30 – Bill did some guiding, fly casting, and fly tying lessons before he got into the rod business

06:45 – Bill came across the book, The Master’s Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod

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12:25 – Bill used to receive letters in the mail from other bamboo fly rod builders that are angry at him for getting into the industry

16:15 – Bill was warned by his friend who’s also into bamboo fly rod making that if he taught bamboo fly rod making, they’d all be out of business in 2 years. He did it anyway.

20:20 – Their classes are fully booked for the next 2 years

25:30 – Riley is Bill’s right hand man who’s been working full-time with him for 13 years

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25:55 – Bill’s wife Shannen handles the business side of the shop

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26:20 – Bamboo fly rod making has been Bill’s life work for about 24 years now

30:00 – Bill used to work on his rods till 3am, 7 days a week then go to trade shows

33:00 – Most of the bamboo rod makers today only do it part-time

36:20 – They do the classes all year round, every other week for 22 weeks, 6 days a week. Bill tells us what a week in the class looks like.

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41:14 – We break down the top common mistakes that one might do in bamboo rod making

45:20 – We had the guys from Tom Morgan Rodsmiths on the podcast at WFS 161. They have a tool called, Morgan Bamboo Handmill which is very useful in creating bamboo rods.

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57:50 – Bill talks about the engraving around the reel seat – he hand engraves them

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1:00:15 – We hear some banging from the class upstairs. Bill talks about how they clear the internal nodes of the bamboo before they split it.

1:02:50 – They made a number of custom Bamboo rods for Jimmy Carter. Bill used to guide him as well.

1:06:22 – Jimmy Carter wrote a book about his journey in fishing, hunting, and hiking

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1:07:00 – Click here to answer Bill’s trivia question. The question is: What country can lay claim to the invention of split bamboo fly rod?

1:11:08 – Biggest myth about bamboo fly rods: “they are fragile” – Bill makes it clear about the bamboo rod’s durability

 

You can find Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods on Instagram at @oysterbamboo

Check out their website at OysterBamboo.com

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Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 161 – Tom Morgan Rodsmiths with Joel Doub and Matt Barber

WFS 276 – A Guide to Classic Bamboo Fly Rods and Reels with Ward Tonsfeldt

 

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Bamboo Fly Rod Making Conclusion with Bill Oyster

So there you go. We learned a lot about bamboo fly rods today.

Bill and the Oyster Bamboo crew are doing an amazing job at keeping the bamboo fly rod tradition alive. Bill’s story is a great example that passion and commitment pay off. So thank you, Bill. You inspired many of our listeners today.

If any of you are interesting in joining the bamboo rod-making class, you can sign up for it via their website at OysterBamboo.com. They get booked up pretty quickly so it’s best if you could sign up right now to get on the wait list.

Hopefully one day I get to join that class too. I can already imagine myself making bamboo fly rods when I retire. I’m going to make a few for my daughters and my grandchildren.

WFS 342 – Indifly with Matt Shilling – Wind River Fly Fishing, Ecotourism, Native Guide Academy

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Matt Shilling, Executive Director of Indifly, is here to enlighten us about their mission.
 
Indifly is a nonprofit organization that helps local indigenous communities establish a fly fishing and ecotourism business for sustainable livelihoods and conservation.
 
They bring attention to some of the world’s most pristine yet at-risk fisheries, transforming these areas into sustainable, world-class fishing destinations.
 
Find out how they use fly fishing as a tool to transform the lives of Indigenous People and protect their valued homelands.

 

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Indifly Show Notes with Matt Shilling

04:44 – Oliver White was on the podcast in episode 69 and covered bonefish tips and tricks with a focus on the Bahamas.

04:45 – They started Indifly in 2014. It’s a project that was led by Costa Sunglasses.

08:00 – Matt noted Arapaima and the first Indifly Project. We talked about Arapaima fishing in Ecuador at episode 249 with Javier Guevara.

09:00 – Indifly help indigenous communities protect their pristine places and own fly fishing and ecotourism business – these are 100% community owned business, creating jobs for the local people, economical benefits, and incentives for the protection of their homeland

14:55 – Matt talks about the atoll called, Anaa

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23:30 – They partnered with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho of the Wind River Reservation Wyoming – 2.3 million acres of largely untouched beauty

40:00 – Supaman has a great message to share for the native indigenous communities within the US.  You can find Supaman on Instagram here.

50:30 – Wind River Fish, Game website, and Darren Calhoun for guiding information.  

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56:25 – Becoming Jacques Cousteau via National Geographic.

57:50 – The Ocearch shark research site has a history of projects on Shark work here.

59:26 – REWA is the first hugely successful project for Indifly and a great example of the power of Indifly.

 

You can find Indifly on Instagram at @indiflyfoundation

Website at Indifly.org

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Indifly Resources Noted in the Show

The Wind River Fish and Game

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Costa’s Indifly Project

 

Videos Noted in the Show

Supaman – Why

Jacques Cousteau Movies

 

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 249 – Fly Fishing Ecuador with Javier Guevara – Arapaima, Galapagos Fishing

WFS 069 – Bonefish in the Bahamas with Oliver White

 

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Indifly Conclusion with Matt Shilling

Matt Shilling takes on a journey with Indifly giving local indiginous people the ability to run their own guiding businesses focused on key areas around the world. Leave a comment below or connect with us on your podcast app of choice and listen to the full show.

WFS 341 – Fly Fishing Journeys Podcast with Rob Giannino – Travel, Vlog, Photography

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Rob Giannino from the Fly Fishing Journeys Podcast is here to talk about his amazing journey in fly fishing and podcasting.

For 2 straight years, he traveled around the country with the Fly Fishing Show crew and did live interviews with some of the fly fishing icons we know.

Now Rob shares how he met some of his best friends and made a lot of memorable experiences from fly fishing and traveling.

Find out what’s coming up for the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast and why we should be excited about it!

 

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Fly Fishing Journeys Show Notes with Rob Giannino

02:30 – I met Rob in person at the fly fishing show in Denver

03:25 – Rob did the fly fishing circuit 2 years in a row – 7 shows around the country. Then another 6 next year.

05:30 – Tim Cammisa is Rob’s good friend. Rob tells the story of when someone at the show recognized him because of the podcast.

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07:47 – April Vokey’s got a great podcast (Anchored). Rob really enjoys listening to her.

11:10 – Rob and his brother learned to fish in the Ipswich River – the same river that Jeff Currier cut his teeth on

12:45 –  The Spanish Fly with Jose Wejebe and the Walker’s Cay Chronicles had a huge influence on Rob in the 90s

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15:20 – Rob connected with Tim Cammisa through Chuck Furimsky – Chuck was on the podcast at WFS 292 and his son Ben was also here at WFS 061

16:20 – Andy Mill was recently on the podcast at WFS 330

17:16 – Rob just got back from an Iceland trip and planning another 6-man trip with Tim Cammisa by the end of July – they’re booking with the guys from Fish Partner

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Photo by Tim Cammisa
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Photo by Tim Cammisa

18:00 – Rob’s dad is a travel agent that’s why he’s very much into traveling

18:45 – We Took to the Woods is about the Rapid River back in the days – written by Louise Dickinson Rich

21:00 – Rob tells us about his epic trip in Quebec, Canada where all of them hooked up on a fish at the same time

23:45 – The McKenzie River Lodge is one of the best places for wading and large brook trout

24:10 – Rob and 2 of his partners bought a camp and started a fly fishing club. They don’t guide but they show people around and provide some equipment.

26:45 – We dig into his podcast, the Fly Fishing Journeys – how he prepares and puts everything together

31:15 – Phil Rowley was one of Rob’s early guests

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37:15 – One of the best episodes he’s had was with Jason Randall

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38:00 – Steve Day was on the Fly Fishing Journeys Podcast recently. Rob caught his first golden trout in the Sequoia National Forest.

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41:45 – Rob told us a story of when they weren’t allowed to hike up the mountain because they didn’t bring a bear can. This is one of those times where a bearvault could have made a difference.

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43:30 – Wilderado, an indie alternative rock band, was on a recent episode at Fly Fishing Journeys. They did a live podcast in Boston.

47:00 – We talk about the Fly Fishing Journeys website – what to expect and what are their plans for it moving forward

56:50 – Rob tells us about their tech setup on the podcast

59:30 – Rob sold his camper but now has a KZ Frontier tow trailer

1:04:30 – Rob’s Top Fly is a Tungsten Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph

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You can find Fly Fishing Journeys on Instagram at @flyfishingjourneys

You can dig into the website at FlyFishingJourneys.com

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Videos Noted in the Show

 

Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 285 – 21st Century Materials for Fly Tying with Tim Cammisa from Trout and Feather

WFS 292 – Largest Fly Fishing Show in the World with Chuck Furimsky

 

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Fly Fishing Journeys Conclusion with Rob Giannino

So there you go..

Another good episode in the books. It was a pleasure connecting with Rob and hearing his story.

That’s what’s great about fly fishing. We create a lot of experiences that are priceless.

I think Rob and the Fly Fishing Journeys team are doing a nice job at creating content for the community. Hope they keep doing the awesome work out there. I’ll be listening..

Actually, I’m about to marathon their episodes this week! Which episode should I start with? Suggestions?

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