Zack Williams, who is the editor of Swing the Fly Magazine, is on the podcast to share the story of how he went from Great Lakes Steelheader to Spey Casting and Steelhead champion. Zack and I chat about why the number of swung fly fisherman is so low but growing.
Zack and I touch on politics a bit bit way through the show and some of the big groups to support around steelhead. Zack shares some of his best tips for spey casting and why it’s so important
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Show Notes with the Zack Williams
13:00 – Marty and Mia Sheppard, Rick Kustich, Jonathan Barlow, Mike Kinney were other big influences for Zach.
15:30 – Topher Browne, Sean Dahlquist, Steve Bird, and Travis Johnson are all the core team for the magazine.
23:49 – I noted Tom Bai who is the editor of the Drake Magazine and a full timer.
27:00 – I noted the Outdoors Online Marketing Podcast which is where I interview marketing experts to help fly fishing brands grow.
32:50 – We talk about the difference between the middle fork of the Clearwater and some of the Montana waters Zack is fishing now.
36:35 – Tim Rawlins who is the Line Speed Jedi and a good guy in the spey game.
40:20 – Simon Gawesworths Modern Spey Casting were helpful to Zack early on.
54:30 – We talk about the Spey-O-Rama and Zack’s experience at the Park in San Francisco.
1:01:30 – Whitney Gold holds the woman spey casting record.
1:07:50 – Zack guided for Klaus Frimor and was on the podcast here to cover underhand casting.
1:11:35 – Farlex Reals and Echo are two other sponsors. Gale Force Fly Fishing makes the top competition line.
1:17:30 – Frank Amato was on the podcast here and talked about the impact from the roadless work they did in the 1970’s.
1:18:15 – The Green Ant and the Night Dancer are two of Zack’s goto flies.
1:22:45 – Back Country Journal is Zack’s new gig as the editor there.
You can find Zack at Swing the Fly Magazine here.
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Conclusion with Zack Williams
Zack Williams, the editor of Swing the Fly Magazine, is on the show to dig into his story and steelhead fly fishing. Find out how and why Zack moved out west in 2010 to chase the steelhead dream of guiding and connecting with the community.
Zack describes the Spey O Rama and some spey casting tips that will help you cast better and find a few more steelhead.