Podcast: Modern Smallmouth Secrets, with Tim Landwehr


[Interview starts at 43:50]

This week, my guest is Tim Landwehr, of Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company, in De Pere, Wisconsin. Tim has decades of experience guiding for smallmouth bass and is co-author of the book Smallmouth: Modern Fly Fishing Methods, Tactics, and Techniques. He shares some innovative and modern techniques–some you have probably never heard of or thought about–for catching difficult smallmouths under all conditions.

In the Fly Box segment, we have some great questions, including:

  • When I am Euro-nymphing, why do trout always take my fly on the swing, after it has finished its dead drift?
  • I have trouble seeing my beetle imitations on the water. What can I do?
  • Why did trout, after refusing countless dead drifts during a spinner fall, take my fly as I stripped it back to me?
  • If you had to fish nymphs that only imitated one order of insects, which one would it be?
  • If I simplify my nymph collection to more generic imitations, will I do as well as if I worry about imitating specific insects?
  • What is the difference between a Comparadun and a Sparkle Dun, and which one is better?
  • If I have the same guide two days in a row, should I tip him or her both days?
  • How many indicators should I carry for a day of fishing?
  • Do you prefer the Helios 3 D or F model in a 9-foot, 5-weight rod?
  • A fly shop owner told me not to submerge my reel. Was he right?
  • What is the best way to store dry flies?
  • A listener gives another good reason to always tie or buy three flies of the same pattern.
  • How can I eliminate wind knots in my dry dropper rig?
  • What is the best way to fish in the surf?

3 thoughts on “Podcast: Modern Smallmouth Secrets, with Tim Landwehr”

  1. Great info, thanks. I have a large natural lake where I live in Washington state and I was wondering if these techniques work in lakes as well as rivers. I empathize with Tim’s battle against the gold mine as we have been battling the same thing on the headwaters of the Skagit, I will contribute.
    Thanks, Chris

    1. So glad you enjoyed the show Chris. The techniques we discussed on the program will most certainly work in a lake environment. We sure appreciate your support and good luck on your fight against the mine on your watershed.

      All my best,

      Tim Landwehr

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