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Published: 01/09/2020
Description: Tired of crowded trout streams? Looking for a new fish to catch on a fly rod that will give you a tussle and challenge your skills? Look no further than the white bass, which is a common fish in many parts of the US, from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi drainage and has even been introduced into some western lakes. My friend Jim Weatherwax is a white bass fanatic (he also fishes for wipers in the same waters, which are a freshwater sterile hybrid of a white bass and a striped bass) and offers solid advice on where to find these great fish, what tackle to use, and best techniques to catch them. Warmwater fish like this are great ways to spread out the fishing pressure that we all experience from time to time.
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Published: 11/28/2019
Description: This week I have another podcast with John McMillan, as I have to confess I love talking to John about fishy stuff. His knowledge and enthusiasm and passion are infectious and I think his interviews are always enlightening. This week we talk about The Colors of Trout—can we tell anything from the coloration of trout about their life history? Is there a good way to tell a hatchery form a wild fish? What does it mean when trout carry parr marks into adulthood? How quickly can trout change their coloration? And are the spot patterns on trout like fingerprints? Warning—we come up with more questions than answers and you may as well.
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Published: 11/21/2019
Description: That’s the rallying cry of Courtney Despos, director of education and guide for Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver. Courtney is a self-professed streamer fanatic and she fishes them all season long, even in the dead of winter when most people are dragging nymphs along the bottom. Courtney shares her tips on winter streamer fishing, showing us how you can be successful fishing these flies all year long—as well as her tips for keeping warm when winter fishing.
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Published: 11/07/2019
Description: This week I interview one of my fly-fishing heroes, Joe Humphreys. He’s been an innovative angler all his life (he was “Euro nymphing” before the Europeans) but even more impressive is his love of life and fly fishing, and his energy on the river in his ninth decade. Joe talks about hot to stay young on the river, how to fish nymphs at night, and about the inspirational new film about his life called Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphrey. It’s now available own and rent on the iTunes Store: or Go to www.livethestreamfilm.com to buy the film on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and more platforms including: Prime Video, Google Play, Vimeo, and Youtube. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys the fly-fishing world and its history and traditions—and who wants to learn how to retain the enthusiasm of a 12-year old on the water.
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Podcast Categories

Lines, leaders, casting, playing fish, and all that stuff that applies to any kind of fly fishing
All things trout, from hatches to reading the water to fly selection.
There is a whole exciting world of freshwater fly fishing beyond trout, and many of these species are found close to home, even if you live in a big city. Discover tips on how to find and catch them.
These giant migratory rainbow trout evoke some of the biggest passions in fly fishing. Learn about how to catch them from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest
Fly fishing in the ocean? You bet. The most exciting and visceral form of fly fishing is found in salt water throughout the world, from New York Harbor to Australia. Get some tips on how to explore the world of fly fishing in salt water
Fly fishers love their toys. Learn more about choosing the right fly rod, fly line, fly reel, leaders, and tippet.
Orvis gives 5% of its pretax profits to habitat conservation projects. Learn what you can do to ensure that your children will have pristine places to fish
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