Dan Gates shares his unique fly fishing company, The Grey Drake.  We hear how Dan is giving back and producing products locally in a sustainable fashion.  We talk about the wet fly swing, the Platte River Spider and other great wet flies.

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 so get ready for another great throwback episode.


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Show Notes with Dan Gates

04:30 – Dan worked for BackCountry.com as a seasonal worker.  He worked his way up the ladder over a period of 8 years.

08:00 – The Fly Fishing Film Tour along with new magazines made fly fishing cool again.  This was a second push after the 1990’s with A River Runs Through It.

09:10 – Joan Wulff was on the Anchored podcast with April Vokey.  I also interviewed Joan Wulff as well and you can listen here when it’s live.

11:40 – Sylvester Nemes was a big influence for Dan.  Syl Nemes had a couple of great books including this one:   The Soft-Hackled Fly: and Tiny Soft Hackles: A Trout Fisherman’s Guide

18:40 –  The proceeds from the sticker “No body cares that your a guide” were sent to Wild Steelheaders United.

22:50 – Deli Fresh Design and The Grey Drake are our two current sponsors for the podcast.


23:30 – Matt Codina Leather was noted here and is theee guy who sewes the leather wallets.  Find Matt on Instagram here.

27:00 – I note the Oregon Country Fair which is the biggest hippie event in Oregon.

34:30 – John McCloskey was on the podcast to cover Trout spey.

36:20 – The Platte River Spider is a great wet fly Dan uses along with a Partridge and Orange.

40:00 – Swing the Fly magazine is a great resource for some trout spey as well.


You can find Dan at TheGreyDrake.com.


Resources Noted in the Show

The Soft-Hackled Fly: and Tiny Soft Hackles: A Trout Fisherman’s Guide

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Videos Noted in the Show

Matt Codina Hybrid Corn


Ernest Tubb


The Platte River Spider

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Conclusion with Dan Gates

Dan Gates shares his story and how The Grey Drake came to be.  We get into steelheead fishing, the OP, conservation and atlantic salmon.

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