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.
WFS 133 – How to Choose A Fly Rod with Travis Duddles – Gorge Fly Shop, Hood River, Deschutes, Trout Fishing, G Loomis, EchoDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/133 Travis Duddles who owns the Gorge Fly Shop describes how to choose a fly rod. Travis, who opened the fly shop at age 17, shares his story of how he has built a great local fly shop out of Hood River. Find out what the first thing you should be thinking about when starting to need a new fly rod. We break down each of the different levels and price ranges of rods and what you get from each.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/126 We hear the story of how John Peterka came to own Sage Brush Dry, a great company out of Kake Alaska producing dry bags for hunting and fishing. Find out how part of the deal when buying the company was for John to become a fly fisher. John describes their process of using radio frequency welding which creates a thermal and air tight bond. They can get more curve because they are using hot air welding via a double bond. A lot of terminology but bottom line is they produce a killer water proof bag.
In todays video I show you what the 13' #8 Echo Full Spey looks like out of the box. This is the perfect all around spey rod of you are just starting out or been doing if for a while and need something that can cast heavy flies and heavy tips. Click here to watch the video: Links Noted in the...
WFS 122 – The Outdoor Biz Podcast with Rick Saez – Adventure, Podcasting, Outdoor Retailer Show, IFTDDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/122 I connected with Rick Saez to talk about the Outdoor Biz Podcast and some tips to help you find out more about building a business in the outdoor space. Rick is helping outdoor adventure businesses get into podcast through his online courses. We hear about how Rick started at the bottom and worked his way up through the business via multiple companies along the way. Tons of shoutouts to companies in people in the outdoor industry and fly fishing industry. It was a fun chat to BS about the outdoors with Rick.
In this video I quickly show you how to purchase Echo Full Spey 13' 8 wt. fly rod which is the winter steelhead spey rod I recommend for those interested in winter steelhead fly fishing. This rod is perfect for large rivers and if you are casting heavy flies and heavy lines. Plenty of backbone and power to do what...
WFS 118 – Euro Nymphing Tips with Pete Erickson – Echo Fly Fishing, Shadow X, Grayling, Loch Style FishingDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/118 I sat down with Pete Erickson to talk about euro nymphing and his experience developing one of the popular euro nymphing rods on the market, the Echo Shadow X. We find out which is the best length and weight, how to cast a euro nymphing rod and some bonus tips to help you while you are on the river. We also touch on Loch Style stillwater fishing and why it's something you should check out this year if you haven't heard about it yet. We touch on a little bit on grayling as associated with Pete's Team USA work.
I share an unboxing video for the Proof Fly Fishing Rod Building Kit. This will be the first video in a series of videos documenting how to build a fly rod. You can send me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions. Click Here to watch the Video: (Subscribe on Youtube here) Fly Rod Building Kit Links Here's the...
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/drake Dan Gates shares his unique fly fishing company, The Grey Drake. We here how Dan is giving back and producing products locally in a sustainable fashion. We also get into a little on trout spey, Idaho and of course steelhead fishing. Dan is a self proclaimed nerd for vintage fishing tackle.
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/sadler Sponsors: https://www.thegreydrake.com/ and https://www.delifreshdesign.com/ Tom Sadler digs into the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) Show plus his interesting background in fly fishing and conservation. AFFTA represents guides, outfitters, retailers, reps and more. We talk about how AFFTA can help small fly fishing companies and a good way to think about building a successful company. I'll be heading to my first IFTD event so if you are going please look me up and say hey.