Podcast: Fathers and Mentors, with the Original “Most Interesting Man in the World,” Jonathan Goldsmith

In this week’s podcast, I interview a very interesting man. In fact, he is the original Most Interesting Man in the World, Jonathan Goldsmith, who is a lifelong fly fisher and not only an interesting guy, but a really nice person, as well. He talks about the importance of tradition in fly fishing, his lifelong love affair with it, and most appropriately, the importance of his father as his fly-fishing mentor. We’ll also catch up on what he has been doing since the beer company decided a younger man would be more interesting. (Big mistake.)

In the Fly Box this week you can enjoy the following tips and questions:

  • A geeky way to splice old fly lines to make a special line for throwing bass flies on a 5-weight
  • I make a couple suggestions on books to read
  • How to deal with feathers you obtain from a shooting preserve
  • Can I eat a trout that has whirling disease?
  • Is a 10-weight rod enough for cobia and king mackerel?
  • How to deal with tarpon guides who get upset when you blow a strike
  • How to hold your fly and fly line in the “ready position” for saltwater fly fishing
  • A suggestion for an all-around saltwater rod
  • How to keep hopper patterns from turning upside-down in the water
  • Suggestions for catching ultra-spooky trout in a small stream
  • Can I use stocking foot waders on sandy beaches?
  • How to fish a dry dropper when moving from deep pools to shallow riffles

If you don’t see the “Play” button above, click here to listen.

Tom and Jonathan Goldsmith at Orvis HQ in Sunderland, VT.
Photo by Tucker Kimball

One thought on “Podcast: Fathers and Mentors, with the Original “Most Interesting Man in the World,” Jonathan Goldsmith”

  1. Tom,

    What a jewel of a podcast. And a very timely one too! It brought back a flood of memories of fishing with my dad, and all the great things that I have experienced with him in the outdoors. Keep up the good work!

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