This week, fresh from the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Montana, I returned with a bunch of stories and tips I recorded in a bar with some full-time, professional Orvis-endorsed guides. Some stories are bizarre, some funny, and some touching. I also asked each guest for a tip, so it’s not all pure entertainment. There is just a bit of bathroom humor around body functions, so just be warned, in case you listen to these with kids. Nothing I would not share with my kids but just in case . . . .
In the Fly Box, we have some interesting questions and a couple great tips from listeners.
- A series of great tips on what to focus on when teaching a friend to fly fish.
- If jig hooks ride point-up, why do fly tiers put the wing case on the side that points down when it is in the water?
- If trout face upstream, and you should approach them from downstream, why do all these people catch lots of fish using Euro-nymphing methods when fish are directly across or even downstream from them?
- I have a 9-foot 6-weight Recon. I want to fish in small trout streams and for panfish. What lighter rod would you recommend?
- My big tungsten beads keep slipping over the hook eye. What can I do to prevent this?
- I fish in a river that has stocked trout and native smallmouths, but I am really targeting the smallmouth. Why do I only catch trout this time of year?
- Why don’t your rods have hook keepers?
- I have been told to make my fly cast like I am holding a pretzel rod and I should be making a motion like I am trying to break the pretzel. But I get fatigue in my wrist. Is this a good casting tip?
- What is the dumbest way you have ever broken a rod?
- If you don’t have the correct fly size to match an insect, is it better to go one size smaller or one size larger when matching the hatch?