[Interview starts at 52:56]
This week, we continue our exploration of Trout in Trouble, specifically in Montana. Pat Byorth–a fisheries biologist, Director of Montana Water for TU, and Montana Fish Commissioner–and I discuss the current decline of brown trout in southwestern Montana, what you should do if you fish there during this hot, low-water year, and what the future may hold. He’ll give some good advice on being a responsible angler during this tough period.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions, comments, and tips, including:
- What can I do to find trout in pools in big rivers?
- Why would a trout refuse my size 14 mayfly and then take a stonefly nymph?
- Why is my back cast dropping?
- A tip for making copper tungsten beads into matte gray beads with a lighter.
- How do I teach kids how to cast a nymph rig?
- Why do my Elk Hair Caddis flies only float briefly?
- What is the best way to renew a dry fly tied with snowshoe-rabbit fur?
- Some tips for a listener who has trouble mending line
- How often should I fish with a guide and how often should I fish alone if I want to learn more?
- Where is there no zonked gray squirrel available?
- How do I repair streamers where the coneheads, beads, or dumbbell eyes twist after a few uses?
- Why did I use five bluefish in a row?
- Can you fish tandem streamers?
- A listener corrects my physics knowledge
- How can I fish nymphs on a day so windy it blows my indicator downstream?
- A tip from a listener on using Euro nymphing techniques with an indicator.
- Is there a standard for hook wire gauge so I can determine when a clinch knot won’t work?