WFS 117 – Steelhead Update with John McMillan – Columbia River, Olympic Peninsula, The 4 H’s, Rainforest SteelDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/117 John McMillan is on the podcast to talk about our northwest steelhead runs, the ups and downs of anadromous fish cycles and why he is optimistic about the current state of salmonids. John has a skill for clarifying the issues and breaking down the basics of where we are at currently. There is no question this one will go down as one of the great podcast episodes and one of the first deep dives into some of the conservation topics related to steelhead. The North Umpqua, Olympic Peninsula and Deschutes are all covered in this one.
WFS 116 – Hawaii Fly Fishing with Captain Rick Lee – Bonefish, Maui, Triggerfish, Christmas Island, Saltwater GearDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/116 I had a great chat with Rick Lee to talk about Hawaii Fly Fishing with a focus on bonefish and Maui. Rick breaks down some great tips if you are heading to Hawaii with a focus on Maui today. We talk about casting tips for the wind, how to strip retrieve and how you can put together a DIY trip of your own. We also cover the best flies and why dumbell eyes are key, where bonefish live 80% of the time and how you can maximize the time while you are out there. We dig into the best places to find bones including specific areas where flats are available.
I've included two Top 10's here. The first is the Top 10 Podcast Episodes from the Wet Fly Swing Podcast. This is my end of the year celebration for all of the listeners of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast. The next Top group is the Top 11 overall Fly Fishing Podcasts as of early 2020. This is based on searching for the keyword "fly fishing" on Apple Podcasts so isn't the 100% fact on the top 10 or 11.
WFS 115 – Whiting Farms with Tom Whiting – Fly Tying Materials, Steelhead Spey Hackle, Genetics, Hoffman, Scaleless BirdsDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/115 I had the pleasure of talking to Tom Whiting who is the man behind Whiting Farms, the leader in fly tying hackles. We hear about the history of how Tom built a great company partially from his connection with Henry Hoffman. Tom has had a passion for chicken genetics and shares some cool stories about how he produces ultra high quality chicken hackles including the spey hackles that are substitutes for heron hackle.
WFS 114 – Rainy’s Flies with Rainy Riding – Fly Tying Innovation, Foam, Matching Hatches, The Grand HopperDave -
Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/114 I sat down with Rainy Riding, the founder of Rainy's Flies, to hear the story of how she created one of the largest fly distribution centers in the country. We go in deep to the history of how she created the company given plenty of setbacks along the way.