I’ve included below a summarized list of the best fly fishing resources that my expert guests have used on the water and are highly recommended.

The links below have one thing in common – They are what the best guides, shop owners and fly fisherman have used and are personally recommended in the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast.


Top Resources Notes from the Most Recent Episodes

Episode 109 – Rick Takahashi on Fly Tying

Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying

charlie craven's basic fly tying

Rick Takahashi said that if you read Charlie’s book from front to back then you would be a very proficient fly tyer.


Episode 107 – Pat Cohen on Tying Deer Hair Poppers

The Stacked Deer Hair Diver by Pat Cohen (Tutorial Fly Tying DVD)

deer hair stacking

Pat Cohen breaks down the exact process he uses to stack deer hair and tie those amazingly tight flies.  This is one of the best videos on tying that’s out there.


Episode 94 – Shawn Holsinger on Fly Tying and Fishing

Pocketguide to Pennsylvania Hatches

pennsylvania hatches

Shawn notes the Pennsylvania Hatches Pocket Guide as a goto resource for his neck of the woods.


Episode 93 – Musky with Bill Spicer

The RIO In Touch Fly Line

rio in touch

The RIO In Touch Pike/Musky fly line is what Bill recommends.


Episode 92 – Kyle Shea on Fishing Alaska

The Mr. Hanky Fly Pattern

mr hanky

I asked Kyle what is top fly was for fishing Alaska in episode 92.  The Mr. Hanky from Jeff Hickman was one of his goto patterns.


Episode 91 – Ray Montoya on Fishing Oman and the Middle East

Birds of Oman

birds of oman

Ray Montoya breaks out a hidden gem resource that fits perfectly with one of the most remote episodes of the year.  The is a great one from the Middle East.


Episode 89 – Captain John McCloskey on Trout Spey

The OPST Pure Skagit Commando Head

opst commando head

In episode 89 John McCloskey tells us that this might be the best head to use for trout spey.  There are a few greats but the OPST Skagit Head is one of the best.


Episode 88 – Fiberglass Manifesto with Cameron Mortenson

The Eagle Claw Featherlight Glass Rod ($29.99)

eagle claw featherlight

Cameron noted the Eagle Claw Featherlight as one of the great intro glass rods and only costs about $30.


Episode 76 – Mia and Marty Sheppard

Echo Swing Spey Rod ($250)

echo swing spey

Marty notes the Echo Swing Spey as one of the best intro rods to get into the game.  I like a 12′ 6 wt. spey for summer steelhead and the 13′ 7 wt. is a good all around rod.



My Most Recent Book on Steelhead

steelhead book

Fly Fishing Quick Tips for Steelhead


Episode 63 – Tom Rosenbourer – Tips and Tricks

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer


Episode 62 – Rob Crandal – Winter Steelhead Tips

winter spey tips

Winter Spey Strategies by Rob Crandall



Episdoe 59 – Ed Engle – Tying and Fishing Small Flies

Seasonal by Ed Engle


 Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi


 Micro Patterns by Darrel Martin


Episode 57 – Justin Spence

fly fishing patagonia

Fly Fishing Patagonia:  A trout bums guide to Argentina


argentine trout fishing

Argentine trout fishing book by Bill Leitch


chasing rumor

Chasing Rumor:  A Season Fly Fishing in Patagonia


Episode 56 – Pat Dorsey

In episode 56 Pat noted these items as very important to his success as a guide on his water.


The Thingamabobber Strike Indicator

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Amplitude Infinit Smooth Fly Line

south platte river 

Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River 

fishpond wastepack

Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack


Episode 55 – George Daniel

dynamic nymphing

Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniel


Episode 52 – Kelly Galloup

Modern Streamers

Modern Streamers by Kelly Galloup




Steelhead Fly Fishing Resources


Klickitat River Steelhead Gear

Airflo Skagit Rage CompactClick here to check out the Rage Compact Fly Line that was recommended in episode 02 of the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Show.  

With The Airflo Skagit Rage Compact You Just Add a Polyleader And You’re Ready To Fish.

New Trout Sizes also Available




Next Cast Fall Favorite – Click here to check out more details on the Next Cast Fall Favorite line.  Jack Mitchell described this as his favorite spey line for fishing a dry line in episode 02 of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.


North Umpqua River Steelhead Gear

The Airflo Skagit Switch Line – Click here to check out the Skagit Switch.  Dean Finnerty, a North Umpqua River guide recommened this line as his current goto for catching steelhead on the North.


Fly Rods

Sage X Spey Rod Series in the X 7130-4 or X 7120-4 are two great rods that have taken over for the Sage 7126-4.  Click here to check out the Sage X series.

sage x spey rodsThe new Two-Handed X rods let you experience the remarkable benefits of Konnetic HD Technology through access to the more powerful lower sections of the rod, allowing for easier and more efficient load carry through the casting stroke.




Trout Fishing Resources


Tailwater Resources:

The Amplitude Infiniti Smooth line from Scientific Anglers – Click here to check out the Amplitude line.  Pat Dorsey recommended this line as his goto line for fishing tailwaters.

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Tenkara Fly Fishing Resources:

Max Catch Tenkara Rod Oufit





Books Noted in the Show



A Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan


Classic Steelhead Flies by John Shewey


Trout Fishing

Fly Fishing the South Platte River by Pat Dorsey 



Fishing Small Flies


 Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi


 Micro Patterns by Darrel Martin



Miscellaneous by our guests


Seasonal by Ed Engle


Videos Noted in the Show


Secrets of Steelheading with Jim Teeny (from episode 23)