Peter Vandergrift from Cheeky Fishing is here to walk through the top tips on finding the right fly fishing reel for your setup.  We hear about the 4 reel models in the Cheeky lineup and what you need for your species of choice.

We hear about an amazing steelhead that Peter landed on the Skagit and the tear that it brought to Dave McCoy’s eye.  This after they forgot their food and water for the day and only had an 18 pack of beer.  This episode


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Show Notes with Peter Vandergrift

08:10 – Camille Egdorf was at the first lodge Peter worked at on his first trip to Alaska.  Peter shares a great Alaska adventure with his parent’s car as a 16 year old.

11:50 – Diane Bristol was a huge influence on Peter’s career in fly fishing.  Diane has been doing marketing at Simms for many years.

13:10 – IndyFly is Oliver White’s non profit and a program that Peter worked on in the past.



30:27 – I noted the Joe Goodspeed episode 193 with Thomas and Thomas Rod Designs.  Joe shared the process and stories behind the T&T rods.

36:40 – The Preload 350 is the perfect beginner set up for trout fishing.

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Preload 350


49:50 – Peter noted Aripaima and the work he did with Costa.  Here’s a great video on the jungle.


53:40 – The Cheeky Reel Selector is a great resource when looking for a reel.

1:08:50 – Dave McCoy was on the podcast in episode 77 and covered sea-run cutthroat fishing.

Tom Larimer was on the podcast in episode 11 and broke down how to catch summer steelhead.


You can find Peter at

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Top 8 Features of a Great Fly Fishing Reel

  1. Lightweight
  2. Sealed drag system
  3. Works in salt water
  4. Clean Startup inertia
  5. Larger Arbor
  6. Fully Machined
  7. Aircraft aluminum
  8. Integrated reel foot


Resources Noted in the Show

The Schoolie Tournament


Wingo Outdoors


Videos and/or podcasts Noted in the Show

How to set the drag on your fly reel

Full Transcript from this Episode


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Cheeky Fly Fishing Reel Conclusion with Peter Vandergrift

We get the story behind Cheeky and some tips on choosing a high-quality fly fishing reel with Peter Vandergrift.  One of the best stories here is where Peter describes his first Skagit River steelhead and the tears of joy brought to Dave McCoy from this trip.