WFS 120 – Small Stream Fly Fishing with Jeff Morgan – Entomology, Oddballs, Flying Ant, Gary LofontaineDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/120 Jeff Morgan sat down with me to cover small stream fly fishing. Jeff is the author of a few great books including Small Stream Fly Fishing and the Oddballs books. We talk about how small streams differ from large streams and why naturals are key in small creeks. We hear about his background in entomology and how he applies that to small streams and some of flies that work great including his deer hair daddy. Find out why fish feed after high flow events and where you can find fish in small creeks.
WFS 119 – The Barbless Podcast with Chad Alderson and Nick Hanna – Fly Fishing, Apps, Podcasting, Steelhead, ChicoDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/119 I sat down with Chad Alderson and Nick Hanna from the Barbless Podcast. Barbless is one of the big podcasts in fly fishing space out of Chico California. We talk about some of their new fishing apps getting closer to launch, some of the big guests they've had on the shows and what's to come this year.
The Ultimate Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing Gear List – Rods, Reels, Fly Lines, Waterproof Bags, ResourcesDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/wintergear I've been getting some questions about the need for a winter steelhead fly fishing gear list for the upcoming Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Trip. I'll breakdown the basics today so we can assure you have the major items given rain, cold, sun, sleet, hail or any and all of the above. Because it is February in the Pacific Northwest, we prepare for any condition.
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.
WFS 117 – Steelhead Update with John McMillan – Columbia River, Olympic Peninsula, The 4 H’s, Rainforest SteelDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/117 John McMillan is on the podcast to talk about our northwest steelhead runs, the ups and downs of anadromous fish cycles and why he is optimistic about the current state of salmonids. John has a skill for clarifying the issues and breaking down the basics of where we are at currently. There is no question this one will go down as one of the great podcast episodes and one of the first deep dives into some of the conservation topics related to steelhead. The North Umpqua, Olympic Peninsula and Deschutes are all covered in this one.
WFS 116 – Hawaii Fly Fishing with Captain Rick Lee – Bonefish, Maui, Triggerfish, Christmas Island, Saltwater GearDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/116 I had a great chat with Rick Lee to talk about Hawaii Fly Fishing with a focus on bonefish and Maui. Rick breaks down some great tips if you are heading to Hawaii with a focus on Maui today. We talk about casting tips for the wind, how to strip retrieve and how you can put together a DIY trip of your own. We also cover the best flies and why dumbell eyes are key, where bonefish live 80% of the time and how you can maximize the time while you are out there. We dig into the best places to find bones including specific areas where flats are available.
I've included two Top 10's here. The first is the Top 10 Podcast Episodes from the Wet Fly Swing Podcast. This is my end of the year celebration for all of the listeners of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast. The next Top group is the Top 11 overall Fly Fishing Podcasts as of early 2020. This is based on searching for the keyword "fly fishing" on Apple Podcasts so isn't the 100% fact on the top 10 or 11.
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 113 – Frank Amato – Salmon Trout Steelheader, Amato Books, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Deschutes RiverDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/113 I finally sat down and had a great chat with Frank Amato who is the brains behind Salmon Trout Steelhead magazine, the Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and about 300 books relating to fishing. We hear how Frank was a key player in protecting the Deschutes River. We also hear about the Blue Jetboat Frank has had since 1980 and how he saved my butt after flipping int he river.