Advanced Trout Techniques with Tom Brown
Published: 06/28/2016
Description: In response to requests for more advanced podcasts, this week I have an interview with Tom Brown, a master at technical trout fishing, long-time fishing manager in our Roanoke retail store, and now a member of our Outfitter Team (the great people who answer your technical fly fishing questions via phone, e-mail, or chat). Also in the fly box we cover whether a 3-weight is OK for an all-around Rocky Mountain rod, whether the absence of small fish in a pool indicates a big trout nearby, treble hooks for tube flies, switch rods from SUPs, the best sinking line for streams, terrestrials early in the season, and a bunch of other interesting questions.
Ten Hot Tips for August Trout Fishing
Published: 08/02/2016
Description: In this week’s podcast, I tackle the subject of “Ten Hot Tips for August Trout Fishing”, and I think there will be things for both beginners and experts in there. In the Fly Box, we discuss such diverse topics as deer hair choice in fly tying, 7-piece rods, rubbing flies in the mud, imitation jungle cock, tippet ring setup, moving from Tenkara to conventional “Western” rods, spooked trout, jumping carp, and how to pick the right guide.
Tom's first LIVE Facebook Show
Published: 08/19/2016
Description: Tom takes your questions in his first live show on Facebook!
Winter Fly Patterns and Trout Tactics with Tim Flagler
Published: 02/01/2016
Description: By very popular demand, this week I have Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions as my guest and we ramble about—guess what?—fly tying. But not all tying, in fact I think we talk as much about winter trout tactics as we do winter fly patterns. But I know after this podcast I have a half dozen new flies I want to try in the coming season. Also, in a longer-than-usual Fly Box section this week (hopefully to make up for not having many podcasts in December) we talk about sharpening scissors, tying the Adams, hooking fish, 10 fly-fishing books I recommend, caddis nymphs, knots for tube flies, UK wild trout, carrying a second rod while wading, and lots more.
Man-Eating Salmon and the Latest From the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Published: 09/30/2013
Description: On this week’s podcast, we discuss man-eating Chinook salmon, the ethics of going back to a spot a guide has taken you to, what BWOs are, possible cranefly hatches, stomach pumps, and I make an apology to the SUP crowd. Then we have a great interview with Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Whit brings to light some boring-sounding legislation that is important to anyone who loves the outdoors, and gives us a good general overview of why they are important—like thousands of acres of public land that is inaccessible to taxpayers and what is being done about it.
Twelve Big Tips for Fishing Small Flies
Published: 09/02/2013
Description: This week we’ll discuss 12 tips for fishing tiny dry flies, a topic of great interest this time of year. In the Fly Box we range from a good general Salt water outfit to clinch knots to night fishing with two flies to how much line to have out when you are waiting to make a cast to a visible fish. Based on suggestions from many podcast listeners, I’m starting a section about equipment and also a section on fly-fishing myths. We had tons of good feedback and suggestions on podcasts, and it was loud and clear that listeners don’t want a co-host but they do like interviews.
Doc Thompson and High Altitude Trout Fishing
Published: 08/23/2013
Description: I have an interview with Doc Thompson, legendary New Mexico fly-fishing guide and an all-around great guy. Doc will share tips for finding and catching high-altitude trout in small streams. In the Fly Box, we range from foul-hooking fish to tying small flies to hooking and holding trout on tiny flies to guide etiquette to casting big streamers. And we’ve started a new feature where we talk about a couple of the red-hot fishing spots for this week.
Upstream or Down?
Published: 05/28/2013
Description:

This week we explore the topic of whether you should fish upstream or down, not only what direction you should move but also which way you present your fly. The podcast will tell you exactly which direction to fish every time you go out by using a simple formula (just kidding—did you really think it would be that easy?)

In the fly box we answer questions about setting the hook (again), what length rod to use (again), adding tippets to knotless leaders (again), what to do about minnows sinking your dry flies (aha! A new one and a fun one, too), and how to improve your roll cast by using a different line. I keep answering those repeated topics because it seems they are universal questions and sometimes a different question or slant on a question may make it more clear to listeners. Have fun!

Tom's ten excuses for getting skunked and what you can learn from them
Published: 04/15/2013
Description: This week, based on my experience of getting skunked trout fishing, I thought I would give you 10 reasons for getting skunked. I mainly concentrate on early season fishing—but these excuses are also good any time during the season! In the Fly Box section we talk about : -over-lining fly rods, -barbless hooks, -laying fish on the grass to photograph them, -matching leader with rod length, -rod and blank weights, -and some other fun stuff. Questions this week came from as far away as Australia and the UK, and as close as Connecticut.
Fishing Tailwater Trout in Winter: An Interview with Jamie Rouse
Published: 01/09/2013
Description: This week I interview Jamie Rouse, two-time Orvis Endorsed Guide award winner for superior service (as rated by our customers, not by us). Jamie gives us a very full lesson on fishing for tailwater trout during the winter, particularly on his home stream, the Little Red River in Arkansas. Jamie targets huge brown trout on the fly all winter long-and usually catches them-so it's worth a listen to pick up some valuable tips. I know I learned a lot in this podcast and I'm ready to get out on the water, even if the line does freeze in my guides.
Winter Fly Fishing Secrets: Big Streamers and Big Trout
Published: 11/19/2012
Description: This week I interview our rod and reel designer, Shawn Combs, whose nickname around the office is Didymo (you have to listen to the podcast to find out why). Shawn is a streamer fanatic, and the best at streamer fishing for trout of anyone on our staff, so I asked him to tell all his secrets of fishing for late fall and winter trout with streamers. It’s an educational podcast for sure, but it’s also a fun one.
Tom's Ten Tips for Fishing Low Water
Published: 08/29/2012
Description: Unless you live in one of the rare parts opf North America that isn't in drought conditions this summer, or you've been lucky enough to be fishing tailwater waters with an abundance of cool water, you're probably faced with very tricky conditions. Trout fishing is not impossible this time of year, but you have to adjust your tactics to lower flows, clear water and paranoid trout. We have LOTS of questions in the fly box this week which makes for a pretty long show.
Trout- Hatchery vs Wild, Pressured vs Remote Waters
Published: 02/07/2012
Description: In the fly box this week, we talk about where fly tying materials come from, getting wet flies to swing deeper, fishing logs, and fishing small flies under water. In the main topic, we discuss different kinds of trout and how to fish for them--hatchery vs. wild, and pressured trout streams vs. remote trout streams. We've had some great suggestions for podcast topics lately so keep them coming
15 Tips on Early Season Trout Fishing (plus two more)
Published: 04/20/2010
Description: Being early in trout season, Tom wanted to give a few pointers on early season trout fishing... then thought of a few more... then a few more. His list eventually reached 15 tips and as if that were not enough, he added two more suggestions at the end of this podcast. Did he miss any?
12 Tips for Difficult Rises
Published: 10/07/2011
Description: This week I discuss a dozen tips for taking difficult risers. We're not always fortunate to find consistently rising fish, but when we do it's a chess match that can be the most fascinating aspect of trout fishing. There are many tips to finally fooling a difficult riser, and surprisingly few of them involve choosing the correct fly. We also have Fly Box short items on some questions that came up from listeners regarding last week's podcast on small stream fishing. And by popular demand, we'll continue our sections on great fly-fishing books and cool products you might have missed.
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