(the interview starts at 43:30)
This week, I interview Capt. Joe Mattioli about a place I have always wanted to fish–New York Harbor. Despite having chased striped bass and bluefish with a fly rod for over 40 years, I have never had the pleasure of fishing the harbor off the tip of Manhattan. So join me as I interview Captain Joe and hear stories of this world-class fishery, from beneath the Statue of Liberty to the waters off Coney Island.
In the Fly Box, we have lots of great questions, including:
- I have issues with knots in my leader, especially with streamers and other heavy flies. How do I fix this?
- I have a 9-foot 5-weight Recon and a starter fly reel I bought a few years ago. Should I buy a new reel to go with my rod?
- When fishing for bass, if I use a heavier line like a Bank Shot on my 6-weight rod, how should I adjust my casting style? Are there any trade-offs?
- I use a double Uni Knot to join tippet, but I can’t tie a Blood Knot to save my life. What are the relative strengths of these two knots?
- I just upgraded my fly-tying vise. What other tools should I upgrade if I want to improve my tying?
- My tippet keeps breaking when I use sinking-tip lines. What can I do to prevent this?
- Would you recommend a Recon 2-weight or 3-weight for fishing small streams plus bluegill fishing with my kids?
- How many flies do you lose in a day of small-stream fishing?
- Where would you go to catch a trophy brook trout?
- What should I do with my dry fly when fishing still water? Should I move it or let it sit?
- What can we do to reduce the trauma to fish when we play them?