I had the pleasure of interviewing Phil Rowley to discuss stillwater trout fishing. We covered sinking lines, rod length for lakes, how to match the hatch, fly tying and chironomid behavior on top of much more.

To be totally honest I’ve been a little out of the loop on lakes as of late and Phil sheds light on a number of techniques that I have never used before.  You don’t want to miss this episode if you are interested in fly fishing lakes!

This Podcast and blog post was originally published on august 7th, 2018.  The blog post was updated on December 30th, 2020 with updated links and content that will create a better user experience as you read.


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Show Notes on Lake Fishing with a Fly

06:10 – Fly Patterns for Stillwater by Phil Rowley

06:42 – Brian Chan  has been a big influence on Phil and in all of stillwater fishing.

I also had a chat with Denny Rickards on another podcast and we dug into more step x step stillwater tips.  

08:46 – Conquering Chironomids DVD

20:00 – Gary LaFontaine – Caddisflies

Gary’s name has come up many times on other podcasts and I noted as a person way ahead of his time when it comes to bugs.


25:18 –  A few of Phil’s fly patterns —> The Chromie and The Collaborator and the Balanced leech

36:40 – A book Phil noted that was an influence —>  The Gilly  (A fly fishing guide to British Columbia)

36:55 –> Jack Shaw (The Father of Chironomid Fishing)

38:35 – Gary Borger (Designing Flies) and Doug Swisher (Fly Tying)

52:40 —> The Stillwater App  The Facebook page for the new app that will put Phil’s knowledge inside your pocket!

54:40 – The Boise Fly Fishing show and a few others where you can find Phil over the next year


You can Phil at www.flycraftangling.com/ or on Instagram at flycraftphil.


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Conclusion with Phil Rowley

Phil provided a bunch of great stillwater tips that will help you catch more fish.  He discussed his new stillwater app, videos he has produced and some of his biggest mentors.  Please click on the itunes link above and subscribe to help get the word out about the show.

Phil is one of the most well know stillwater anglers partly because of the work he has put together on chironomids.  Brian Chan is another big stillwater angler and influence for Phil.

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