Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/150 Morten Valeur, the founder of Ahrex Hooks, is on to shed some light on how and why he started a new hook company and how they have emerged as one of the leaders in the world.
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Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/147 Matt Callies in on the podcast today to describe how Loon is leading the way with some of their conservation minded products. We hear about the companies he reports to and why he does what he does. Lots of tangents including why Air-Flo split from Echo Rods and what the life of a fly fishing rep is really like. Insider chatter and a few tips from my special guest this week.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/141 I had the pleasure of interviewing AK Best to talk about tying dry flies and his life in fly fishing. We also here some of the other influential parts of his life including how he survived his music night life. AK talks about absolute attention in music and in fly tying. Find out what makes a Colorado Green Drake such a killer pattern and why the wing tips are so critical for dry flies.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/138 Rich Strolis shares his story and how he has become known as one of the big streamer guys. Rich breaks down how he designs flies and what he thinks about when coming up with new patterns. We hear which hooks Rich loves, how to determine what color to use for your patterns and why he gets fired up about the dumming down of fly fishing.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/129 I sat down with Paul Beel from Frankenfly to hear how he built an amazing fly tying resource online and what's next for the other mad scientist. Flymphs, Rainy's, Dan Frazier and the carp stalker are all on tap today.
WFS 125 – Basic Fly Tying with Charlie Craven – Charlies Fly Box, Fly Tying Class, Tiny Flies, BrassieDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/125 Charlie Craven from Charlie's Fly Box breaks down a perspective of tying flies for a living. He describes what it takes to make an original pattern and what it means to become a signature fly tyer. We also here about his fly tying class and the book he wrote that many consider the ultimate guide for beginner fly tyers. Find out which is the number 1 selling pattern in the box an what he always has handy heading out on the river.
WFS 121 – Classic Wet Flies & Fly Tying with Fred Klein – Ray Bergman, American Angler, Brook Trout, Maine, Davie McPhailDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/121 Fred Klein breaks down some great tips on tying classic wet flies and sheds some light on the history of wet flies. He is the Grizzly king on Instagram and is breaking out beautiful pics for everyone to see all around the world. Fred talks about the history of classic flies and some of the great books you can check out. We also touch on brook trout and some Fred's top pics for flies and his 6 must have books.
WFS 115 – Whiting Farms with Tom Whiting – Fly Tying Materials, Steelhead Spey Hackle, Genetics, Hoffman, Scaleless BirdsDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/115 I had the pleasure of talking to Tom Whiting who is the man behind Whiting Farms, the leader in fly tying hackles. We hear about the history of how Tom built a great company partially from his connection with Henry Hoffman. Tom has had a passion for chicken genetics and shares some cool stories about how he produces ultra high quality chicken hackles including the spey hackles that are substitutes for heron hackle.
WFS 114 – Rainy’s Flies with Rainy Riding – Fly Tying Innovation, Foam, Matching Hatches, The Grand HopperDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/114 I sat down with Rainy Riding, the founder of Rainy's Flies, to hear the story of how she created one of the largest fly distribution centers in the country. We go in deep to the history of how she created the company given plenty of setbacks along the way.
WFS 109 – Modern Terrestrials with Rick Takahashi – Fly Tying, Fly Fishing Illustrations, Jay Nichols, Taka Hopper, Dollar StoreDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/rick Rick Takahashi is on the podcast to cover fly tying and fishing terrestrials. Rick tells why he loves terrestrials and which terrestrials you should focus on as your A list. Rick describes his biggest influences and the books he loves including Caddisflies by Gary LaFontaine. Tons of great resources and tips in this one by one of our great teachers in fly tying. Find out the best materials to find from the Dollar Store along with some other items and dollar store nuggets.