WFS 131 – George Cook Podcast – NW Spey History, Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, Sage, Alaskabou, Swinging FliesDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/131 George Cook shares the story and history behind how spey came to be in the northwest. We hear how fishing for kings and the connection to Alaska was a big part of the Alaskabou and the intruder style flies coming to be. George shares some stories about northern California chinook fishing and around the Pacific Rim. We get into the Deschutes, Oregon Coast and many of the other places and people that have helped defined his career in fly fishing and in hunting.
WFS 127 – Scandi Style Lines with Klaus Frimor – Underhand Spey Casting, Clearwater River, Loop, Steelhead, Atlantic SalmonDave -
Show Notes: Klaus Frimor shares a great perspective on scandi lines and casting (aka underhand casting). Klaus tells his story about growing up in Denmark and how his connection with Loop came to be. Klaus is the main rod designer for single and two handed rods for Loop. Klaus shares his perspective on how and why spey casting and spey lines are different if Europe vs the US.
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 123 – Mariusz Wroblewski – Choosing a Two Handed Fly Rod, Winter Steelhead, Spey Casting, Kamchatku, Echo, SkeenaDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/123 I had a great chat with Mariusz Wroblewski who is a big name in steelhead conservation, spey casting and rod development. Mariusz breaks down the exact rod you need for winter steelhead for large and small rivers. We also cover the details of the right skagit line for the job. We talk about the Triple density line and how to line your spey rod correctly based on the line and sink tip length and weight. We then jump into what Kamchatku has to offer and how steelhead are so different than anywhere else on the planet.
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.
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...
Hosted Fly Fishing Trips to the Olympic Peninsula I do one hosted trip to the Olympic Peninsula each winter with Jack Mitchell and the Evening Hatch Crew. You can get more information on this trip by clicking below. Click here for more information on the Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Trip You can listen to my podcast episode with Jack Mitchell on the OP...
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 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.
WFS 112 – Moldy Chum with Brian Bennett – Steelhead, Patagonia, REI, Reel Pure Radio, Yeti, ArtifishalDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/112 Brian Bennett, the founder of Moldy Chum, one of the biggest and oldest fly fishing websites is on the podcast to describe what the moldy chum is all about and where it's going. The slab of the month, the chumion, and suction dredging are all discussed today. We get into the Dirt Bag Diaries, Reel Pure Radio and other podcasts that inspired Brian to keep on moving. Suck my Fly Blog, The Hopper Talk Blog, Mini Chubby and many other blogs of yesteryear.