Shawn Holsinger from Holsinger’s Fly Shop gets into some fly fishing and fly tying tips with a focus on his local streams including the Little Juniata River.  We get into Euro Nymphs, stone flies and the Holsinger story.

Shawn shares some euro nymphing tips, how to get more efficient and his rule of thumb on proportions.  FYI – It’s pretty much half of what you think it’ll be.  Shawn stresses technique in fly tying over just copying the pattern.


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Show Notes with Shawn Holsinger

08:10 – Here is one of the Euro Nymphing podcasts with Devin Olson.

08:30 – The Beach Body Stone and Hot Spot Stone are two good Euro Nymphing stoneflies.

17:00 – The Bugs and Beards Podcast is hosted by Shawn where they talk fly tying.

19:00 – The Pocket Guide to Pennsylvania Hatches by Charlie Mack and Trout Boomer and the Little J, by Bill Anderson plus the book “Fly Fishing the Little Juniata River are all recommended.

25:10 – The Waltz Worm is a simple and effective pattern along with thread body flies.

27:30 – Shawn has a bunch great youtube tying tutorials, but he recommends the Turd Stone and hot spot stone.

33:00 – Kelly Galloup was on in this podcast and has some great videos on fly tying consistency.

34:10 – Josh Miller and Gordon Vanderpoole are two big influences for Shawn.

41:20 – Rick Hafele was on the podcast in episode 037 and noted that you should have a nice selection of 16 to #20’s.

46:10 – Joe Humphries was on the podcast episode 73 and talked about the importance of breaking your wrist while camping.

47:30 – The Drake Cast episode #54 and a note on competition fly fishing.

589:30 – Tim Cammisa from Trout and Feather, Tim Flagler from Tight Line Video, Jim Misiura, and Fly Fish Food are all people that were noted by Shawn as good resources for fly tying.


1:02:40- The Renzetti Traveler is the goto vice.


You can find Shawn at Holsingers fly shop or on youtube here.


Resources Noted in the Show

Bugs and Beards Podcast

bugs and beards podcast


The Pocket Guide to Pennsylvania Hatches

PocketGuide to Pennsylvania Hatches


Trout Boomer and the Little J.

Trout Boomer and the Little J


Renzetti Traveler Vice

renzetti Traveler


Music Highlight in this Episode

Alabama – 40 Hour Week


Videos Noted in the Show

The Turd Stone – Tied by Shawn Holsinger


hot spot stone – Tied by Shawn Holsinger


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Conclusion with Shawn Holsinger

Shawn Holsinger shares some great insight and tips in this episode including his turd stone, the hot spot stone and how to improve your fly tying game this year.  He makes a great point to get out and meet new people if you want to take it to the next level.