Podcast: Advanced Stillwater Techniques, with Phil Rowley


I frequently get questions about stillwater trout fishing, and although I love it, I am not very good at it. So I enlisted one of the best stillwater teachers I know, Phil Rowley, and asked him to discuss something more advanced that relates to trout fishing in lakes and ponds. The result is a very detailed discussion of fishing nymphs, especially midge imitations, on a very long leader. With this technique you can fish surprisingly deep—if you are patient!

In the Fly Box, we have the following questions:

  • Is there any value in under-lining a fly rod?
  • How do I get foul odors out of my waders?
  • How do I target stripers and smallmouth when the water is over 70 degrees and trout are also present?
  • What is your go-to technique in a trout stream if you don’t see anything feeding?
  • If you could only select one sequence, would you pick odd or even sizes of fly rods?
  • My lower back is killing me after a long day of fishing.  What can I do to alleviate this problem?
  • How do I approach a stretch of river with deep pools and virtually no current?
  • How can I teach my friends to recognize a strike to a nymph?
  • Is it safe to bring the line/leader connection inside my rod guides?
  • I am going to the Yellowstone area.  Is it worth it to hire a guide?

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3 thoughts on “Podcast: Advanced Stillwater Techniques, with Phil Rowley”

  1. No one has the time to watch these. There has to be a way to break down into all the stuff that Tom wants to go through and the key topic of the podcast.

    I have made this comment over and over again and would like an answer sent to me.

    1. Download and listen in the car, or while you’re doing something else. Easy peasy. If that doesn’t work for you, Phil has a new book: The Orvis Guide to Stillwater fly fishing. But, it’ll take you a lot longer to read through all of the great info in there than it will to listen to this podcast.

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