Podcast: Lessons learned from the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, with Jeff Skelding

This week, I interview Jeff Skelding, executive director of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR). This is a very effective regional conservation organization that–after years of difficult relations with local public officials, state and regional water authorities, and highway departments–has gradually formed very effective partnerships with them. We can all learn from their advice and experience when it appears that conservation and property seem to be at odds. It does not have to be a zero-sum game.

In the Fly Box, we have questions on making your own braided leaders, boorish behavior on trout streams, the effect of melting snow on fishing, how to test a new fly, and the ethics of using a guide to find a spot and then fishing it on your own. (Don’t do it). Finally, we have a mystery caller at the end.

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Jeff Skelding is dedicated to comprehensive watershed protection.
Photo via Friends of the Upper Delaware River

2 thoughts on “Podcast: Lessons learned from the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, with Jeff Skelding”

  1. Tom,

    Thanks for the kind words and to you and the Orvis team for supporting FUDR and so many other conservation groups that are trying to make a positive change for our waters. Our One Bug was a huge success helping us raise the funds we need to do the good work. Orvis has been with us since day one and we really appreciate it. Our stream restoration efforts and work on getting better releases is a lot easier with you guys on our team.

    All the best,


  2. Can the gentlemen who did the “Ear plug” fly post a photo? I would love to see it!!!


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