I frequently get requests for a podcast about drift boats, and although I enjoy rowing one, most people don’t let me row their boat unless they are really desperate. So I called on an expert, Montana guide Hilary Hutcheson, to get her advice on getting a boat, rowing a boat, and most importantly, all the responsibilities that go with getting down the river safely and with courtesy. Even if you never row a boat yourself, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the skill set your guide employs every day.
In The Fly Box this week, we explore a number of interesting questions and suggestions:
- How can a color-blind fly fisher identify the flies in his box?
- Why am I only getting fish on my lower egg pattern in a two-fly rig?
- A great suggestion on dealing with tippet rings.
- What kind of crab patterns do I need for striped bass?
- What flies should I use for small stocked rainbows?
- What are your thoughts on leader degreasers?
- A suggestion on training as a whitewater guide prior to becoming a fishing guide.
- Why do black bucktails and marabou stain my hands?
- What are some tips on purposely dumping your back cast?
- What is the difference between a clear and a solid blue intermediate fly line?
- Can I make a dubbing loop with monofilament tying thread?
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One thought on “Podcast: An Excellent Introduction to Drift Boats, with Hilary Hutcheson”
As one who is sometimes guided on a drift boat I found this podcast very helpful in understanding the strategy and thinking of the guide. I know the next time I am out there I will be thinking more about what he or she is dealing with in getting me to good spots, keeping me safe and all the other things Hilary spoke about. I have always known it can be very hard work physically but this was a window into the mental side of guiding.
Regards from Aptos Ca