Podcast: Tom’s Eight Tips on Using Indicators


This week’s podcast is eight tips on indicators—or probably more, but I’m calling it eight and sticking to it. We’ll talk about types, depth, how to rig, weights, and a couple special tricks on how to. . .

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Podcast: Fishing for Freshwater Stripers with Henry Cowen


This week, I had a great talk with Henry Cowen on freshwater stripers. Henry is a saltwater angler and fly tier of great experience who brought his talents to freshwater stripers, and he has some wonderful tips for finding these big guys, flies to use, and techniques to get them to. . .

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Trading Secrets with a Bass Master, Plus a Chrome Surprise


Tom admires a fine Lake St. Clair smallmouth caught in fairly cold water.
Photo courtesy JP DeRose, Breaking Boundaries

Yesterday, I was on Lake St. Clair—just outside of Detroit and Windsor, Ontario—and it was cold, rainy, and windy with water temperatures in the high 40s. If someone had asked me last week if this would. . .

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Podcast: Dead-Drift or Swing for Steelhead?



This week, it’s all about steelhead, or at least mostly about steelhead. Besides the main topic—dead-drifting vs. the swing for steelhead—we talk about such varied subjects as overlining rods, matching a rod to a fish size, dressing dry flies, the. . .

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Pro Tip: How to Change Tippet Sizes on the Water

To be a really effective fly fisherman, you have to be ready and able to make adjustments to your rigging to match the conditions or the kinds of flies you’re using. If you fish with a knotless, tapered leader and want to change tippet size, you don’t need a new leader. Instead, you can. . .

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Classic Podcast: Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead



In this classic episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast (from 2010), I offer three tips for fly fishing for steelhead, dealing with location, timing and, presentation. Since it is not as important, I threw in half a tip on tackle. As you’ll hear, this was the early days of this. . .

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