I interviewed Paul Puckett from the Barely Live Podcast in this episode.  We talk about how he has made a business out of fly fishing art.

Paul talks about working in a fly shop, guiding and the Flood Tide Company that he helped to create.  Walter from the Big Lebowski pretty much started the brand.


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Show Notes with Paul Puckett:

04:12 – 1310 the ticket is the radio show that the Barely Live crew listen to in Dallas.

07:00 –  The flood tide brand story is noted at this point in the show.

09:30 – We noted the Big Lebowski movie clip with the shut the fuck up Donny Clip.

10:48 –  Redfish is the home species for Paul and allows a fairly flexible way to fly fish for a killer species.

16:00 – Merkin Crab fly pattern or Mad Mike’s Crab Fly are good fly patterns for redfish.

24:50 – Some of Paul’s favorite podcasts include:  Tailor Trash, Whiskey and Water,  and the Drake Cast.

26:30 – You can find Paul’s art business at this link.

33:50 – The Legend of Bagger Vance and The War of Art were two of the huge books that came from Steven Pressfield.  The War of Art is one of my favorite books and you can listen to the entire book here.

37:50 – The Right Brain Retrieve Podcast is Paul’s newest work of art.  It’s his way of getting a little more serious with the podcast.  I’ll be taking Paul up on his offer to be on the show and will link here when that happens.

38:27 – Jason Rolfe was on the podcast in episode 33 here to talk about Writers on the Fly.

40:20 – Gray’s Sporting Journal is one of Pauls favorites.  


48:10 – The Orvis 50/50 Movement can be found at this link.

50:45 – The April Vokey podcast interview I put together on Wet Fly Swing.

51:00 – April talked about the Orvis 50-50 movement.  Here’s a link to the Anchored episode where April interviewed a couple of the people leading the movement. Also, Here’s the controversial video that we discussed today and how Paul explained his take on the issue after working in fly shops for years.

54:00 – The classic 590-4 RPL fly rod in a 5 weight  is the goto rod for Paul and one he’s had since the 90’s.

55:50 – Eldridge Hardy was a big influence for Paul.


You can reach Paul at Paul Puckett Art.com or at the Barely Live Podcast.


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Conclusion with Paul Puckett

That was a nice change in the episode list.  I think Paul inspired us to think about going all in on your passion as Paul has made it producing fly fishing art.  He also inspired us to get fired up about red fish as well.


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