I’m happy to share a conversation with one of my good friend and mentor, Gene Shropshire.  You likely haven’t heard from Gene before, but today we hear a great story about moving out west and the passion for fly fishing.

This podcast has given me the opportunity to share with you a person who had a big impact on me and has really cool story to share.  We dig into some stillwater tips including the best flies, tips and resources for your next trip.

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Show Notes with Gene Shropshire

20:00 – Richard Harrington was on the podcast in episode 159 here. where we talked about skating flies for steelhead and his journey to get back to Oregon from a 40 year stop in New York.

23:00 – We talked about Dette Flies and the influence of fly tying.  Gene met Walt Dette and learned about dry flies early on.

25:30 – We talked about Trout Unlimited and the influence on Gene and their powerful influence today.

28:50 – The Dave Whitlock podcast where we covered terrestrials.  Dave Whitlock is one of the most well know fly fisherman in the world and shares his amazing story in the podcast.

We’ve had a number of guests who focused on dry fly fishing from closer to the east coast including Wanda Taylor who talked about the Hiwassee River.

29:20 – Gene talked about the Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, one that I have been to in the past out of Montana.

36:30 – Dave McNeese was on the podcast here and told the story of getting busted by the federal government.  Dave is one of the best fly tyers in Oregon and has done a ton for fly fishing over many decades.

37:45 – The Blue Heron spey hook is one of Dave McNeese’s main goto hooks for steelhead.

41:45 – Denny Rickards was on the podcast in episode 64 here.  Denny noted how close he was to pro baseball and we talk about the athletic influence.  Denny is also breaks down stillwater fishing in very easy to understand language at the link above.

1:10:50 – Phil Rowley was on the podcast here to cover stillwater fly fishing.  Phil is one of the great minds today and has produced some of the best stillwater flies including the booby fly pattern.


1:13:30 – Randal Kaufman’s Lake fishing with a fly  had a big influence on Gene.

1:15:40 – Bruce Chard was on the podcast and covers giant Tarpon fishing.


Gene’s Top 5 Dry Fly Fishing Flies

  1. Adams
  2. Humphy
  3. Hopper
  4. Black Ant
  5. mudler w/ red


The 222 – The Top Tips, Top Flies and Top Resources for Stillwater

  1. Top Tip – Not using a long enough leader in a lake (use minimum of 15′ long)
  2. Top Tip – Find springs by looking for bubbles in lakes
  3. Top Fly – Woolly Bugger (no bead)
  4. Top Fly – Parachute Adams
  5. Top Resource – Fishing Lakes by Randal Kaufman
  6. Top Resource – Ray Bergman’s Trout



Resources Noted in the Show

Dave McNeese hooks

blue heron spey hooks


Lake Fishing with a Fly by Randal Kaufman

lake fishing with a fly


Videos Noted in the Show

Tying the Humpy


Conclusion with Gene Shropshire

My old friend, Gene Shropshire is on the podcast this week to talk about our history, my dad and how he created a life focused on fishing and hunting.  We talk a out steelhead fishing, lake fishing and the move from east to west.