Phil Rowley is back on the podcast to talk about fishing lakes and his new book, The Orvis Guide to Stillwater Trout Fishing. Phil shares some tips and techniques about leaders, indicators, lines, flies, etc.

Phil takes a deep dive into what gear you need, which lakes to focus on and a killer hosted trip to Argentina that you can get involved with. Click the play button below and listen to 30 seconds of stillwater goodness.


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Fishing Lakes Show Notes with Phil Rowley

02:15 – Brian Chan was on the podcast at WFS 243

05:00 – Phil and I first chatted on the podcast at WFS 034

08:07 – The Orvis Guide to Stillwater Trout Fishing

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08:15 – Phil Monahan and Perk Perkins from Orvis were also on the podcast at WFS 225 and WFS 259 

12:24 – Still Water Fly Fishing Store is where you can get a signed copy of Phil’s book

13:16 – Chapter 1 of Phil’s book talks about equipment needs

15:48 – Phil plans to go on another trip to Argentina and fish the Jurassic Lake in 2022

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16:30 – We did an episode about Jurassic Lake with Charly at WFS 208

20:12 – 3 lines for Stillwater fishing that Phil recommends – floating, clear intermediate, and fast (tight 3 or 5 inches per second) line

29:29 – Chironomid Pupa Fly

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41:57 – We talked about the Booby with Brian Chan

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43:18 – Phil tells us which boat according to budget

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Pontoon Boat
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Float Tube Boat

45:35 – Phil’s got a 14 foot Marlon boat and a 17 foot G3

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47:10 – Chapter 4 of Phil’s book talks about Leaders, Knots, and Droppers

49:16 – Chapter 5 talks about How Lakes Work

55:32 – If you like matching the hatch, stillwaters are hatch matcher’s delight (Chironomid, leeches, dragonflies, damselflies, caddisflies, etc.)

56:31 – Rick Hafele was on the podcast at WFS 037 – he’s Phil’s good friend

57:36 – Rick and Phil fished the Missouri River in Montana

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58:25 – What we need to know about Retrieves

1:00:32 – Rachel Finn was on the podcast at WFS 072 where we talked about the Hang

1:05:03 – The Blob

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1:05:13 – The FAB (foam arsed blob) is one of Phil’s favorite fly


1:06:45 – The Apps Worm

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1:09:01 – Check out Phil’s YouTube Channel


You can find Phil Rowley here:

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Phil Rowley’s Lake Fishing Tips

  1. The most critical part of an indicator set up in regards to leaders – make sure that your indicator and your fly is leveled
  2. You never want to get an indicator 10 feet away from the end of your fly line – it unbalances the whole system
  3. You always want to keep your swivel and flies close to each other – 2 feet is standard


Resources Noted in the Show

Click here to check out Phil Rowley’s other books


Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 243 – Brian Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes – Chironomids, Kamloops, Stillwater

Phil Rowley on Stillwater Fly Fishing, Chironomids, and Brian Chan (WFS 034)

WFS 225 – Orvis Fly Fishing with Perk Perkins – Saltwater, Bass, Travel, Family

WFS 259 – The Magic Behind the Orvis Fly Fishing Blog with Phil Monahan


Read the Podcast Transcript Below


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Fishing Lakes Conclusion with Phil Rowley

Phil Rowley is back this time to share his new Orvis book on Fishing Lakes and a step x step podcast to going deep into stillwater fishing. Don’t miss this as Phil shares some secrets to chironomid fishing and UK Flies.

Is your next trip on stillwaters or on the stream?