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.
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.
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.
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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.