Podcast: Great things happening in the world of trout, with TU’s Chris Wood

[Interview begins at 33:34]

There’s some real positive news in the world of trout these days, from the mitigation of acid mine drainage in wild trout streams, to replacement of perched culverts, to an unprecedented funding opportunity for habitat projects. Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, takes us through some ongoing and upcoming projects that have him excited and optimistic.

In the Fly Box, we have some very helpful tips and interesting questions from listeners, including:

  • I want to sell some of my flies. Should I start an online store or go through a local fly shop?
  • Why don’t light-colored flies like the Light Cahill work in my streams?
  • Is there a database of older Orvis rods?
  • Brown trout from a larger river spawn in a tributary that holds a good population of native brook  trout. Should I feel bad about fishing for those spawning brown trout?
  • For a small stream fly rod, I am looking at a 10-foot 3-weight and a 7 ½ foot 3-weight. Which should I choose?
  • How do you keep the body thin when tying a Comparadun or Sparkle Dun?
  • I fish small streams with tricky current. When it gets windy, should I fish a longer or shorter leader?
  • The trout got active when the wind blew some seeds into the water. Is that typical?
  • A great tip from a listener on using a balanced leech and an indicator in plunge pools.
  • My friend just fishes Clouser Minnows and outfishes me when I use my fancier Game Changers and Dahlberg Divers. Am I wrong to be wasting my time on these more complicated patterns?
  • What is the best way to get the leader knot out of the guides before you start fishing?
  • What recommendations do you have for fly fishing for crappie?
  • A terrific tip from a listener on a different way to rig a dry dropper.
  • How do I feel about yarn flies for gar and egg flies for carp?
  • I want to replace my fluorocarbon with nylon.  Will I notice the difference?
Chris Wood (right) with a stunning fish.

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