Resources

Welcome to the Wet Fly Swing Resources Section, a curated list of the gear I strongly recommend to improve your fly fishing.  The links below have one thing in common – They are what the best guides, shop owners and myself personally have used and are highly recommended in the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast.

Before digging into the amazing resources, I know and trust, and important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission.  This commission comes at no additional cost to you.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Most Recommended

 

Most Recommended Spey Rod for Steelhead

Click here to see the Echo 13′ 8wt Spey Rod, which has helped me drastically improve my spey cast and find more steelhead at a super reasonable cost.  In this day and age the $1000 rod has become common place but Echo has made a high quality rod at an amazing price point.  For steelhead fishing, I’ve been using Echo two handed rods for many years and love how light and durable the rods are.  I’ve had guides on the podcast talk about the durability a number of times on the podcast.  Click the link below to find out more and purchase an Echo Full Spey.

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echo full spey

 

 

Top Resources Notes from the Most Recent Podcast Episodes

 

Episode 112 – Frank Amato on Publishing

Curtis Creek Manifesto Intro Fly Fishing Book

curtis creek manifesto

Frank noted this as one of their best selling books of all time and is especially good if you are brand new to fly fishing.

 

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.

 

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.

thingamabobber

The Thingamabobber Strike Indicator

scientific anglers

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

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Books Noted in the Show


 

Steelhead:

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)