John Mauser from Mauser Fly Fishing is on the podcast to break down fly fishing for redfish and his story of building a fly rod company out of swansboro North Carolina.  John has a really passionate story to share and one that really resonated with many in the fly fishing community.  

John shares his story and how he jumped all in on the guiding and rod company, leaving his marine biology job in the dust.  We find out when and how to target redfish with a focus on the North Carolina area. 


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Show Notes with John Mauser

15:20 We discuss the Hours in our lives and I note 40,000 hours.  The number is actually about 700,000 based on an average life.  Here’s a countdown timer to see how much time you have left.  

34:00 – Scientific Anglers hard mono or RIO along with Hatch all make great hard mono.

35:30 – The warm water redfish line for short casts, or grand slam for permit, tarpon work great for turning over the big flies.  Here’s a video on choosing a redfish line from Trident.

43:30 – Tim Borsky patterns or a kwon with eyes or horn or rubber legs are all good for flies.

44:00 – The Ed Jaworowski podcast #233 on mastering your cast.

48:09 – Shoot the line through your fingers


49:44 – Ed J tips on how to do the double haul – toward end

56:50 – The Jackson Kayak episode

1:07:20 – The Eastern Current Podcast is a great resource for the SE.  Here is Johns episode.


You can find John at

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Fly Fishing for Redfish Tips and Tricks

  1. Look for the highest tides of the month
  2. look for the grass flats
  3. moderate or soft tip is best for short action
  4. Build your own leaders
  5. dumbell eyes towards back of hook
  6. weed guards on flies
  7. Shoot line through our fingers and
  8. keep eyes on fish



Resources Noted in the Show

Scientific Anglers Hard Mono

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Conclusion with John Mauser

We find out why and how John Mauser left a 15 year career for the full time leap into fly fishing with Mauser Fly Fishing guiding and building rods.  We find out why John loves to build his own leader.