Podcast: How Trout Think, with Dr. Russ Carpenter

This week’s podcast is one of the biggest eye-openers I have ever done. Not only did I learn a lot, but I have actually changed my views on a number of topics, including the effects of the moon or a change in barometric pressure on fishing. My guest, Russ Carpenter, is a neurologist at Stanford, who studies the brains and senses of fish, specifically rainbow trout. He answers lots of question about a trout’s sense of smell, vision, and hearing–including UV vision. I hope you learn as much as I did.

In the Fly Box this week, we have these questions:

  • Do you really fish with bamboo rods?  Aren’t graphite and glass better?
  • Why did I see large steelhead in a Great Lakes tributary in July?
  • What is your opinion on stocking fish in wild trout streams?
  • Is a 6-weight line from 30 years ago the same size as a modern 6-weight?
  • Can I dye a fly line with RIT dye?
  • What is the best saltwater weed guard?
  • Are some spooky fish truly un-catchable?  Is there anything I can do to try to catch them?
  • Is there a difference between a Scottish brown trout and a German brown?
  • I am landing trout up to 20 inches without letting them run.  Am I doing something wrong?
  • What do you think about weighted soft hackles?
  • With modern rubber soles like the Michelin sole on the Pro Boot, is there any need for studs?

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Photo by Drew Price.

3 thoughts on “Podcast: How Trout Think, with Dr. Russ Carpenter”

  1. This is an amazing podcast episode. I have been listening to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast for some time now, and this episode is definitely the most informative and technical in the series, a great episode for a seasoned angler. I love how Dr. Carpenter explains trout behavior through a scientific lens. Please do another episode with Dr. Carpenter on fish behavior.
    Thank you for the great podcast!

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