Classic Podcast: Landlocked Salmon, with Maine Guide Jeff LaBree

A number of listeners have been asking for a show about landlocked Atlantic salmon, and for that I can think of no one better than a native Mainer. Jeff LaBree has been fishing for “landlocks” in his native state for over 50 years, and for 17 of those years has been a guide at Orvis-endorsed Libby Camps. He shares his knowledge about when to go to Maine for landlocks, how to fish for them, where in the river to look for them, and of course what flies to use. Jeff is quite a character and we have a lot of laughs. I hope you enjoy his downeast humor.

Jeff’s killer landlock pattern.
Photo courtesy Jeff LeBree

In the Fly Box this week, we cover the following topics:

  • Is it necessary to use a strike indicator when winter nymphing?
  • My soft hackles don’t distribute around the hook well and stay on top. What should I do?
  • Can you give me some advice on making hook substitutions for fly patterns?
  • How does George Daniel add a dropper with the Orvis knot without running the flies through the loop?
  • Can I use tandem fly rigs for bass fishing?
  • If you say that flies can last 50 years, why do you tell me to throw away my thread after two or three years?
  • What rod should I buy for Euro nymphing? I can’t afford the Helios 3.
  • How do people carry fly rods onto a plane?

Thank you and Happy New Year.

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Jeff LaBree out on the water during the Maine summer.
Photo courtesy Jeff LeBree

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