Classic Podcast: Mousing for Trout, with Joe Cermele

This week’s guest is Joe Cermele, fishing editor of Field & Stream magazine and the one-man-band behind the terrific web series “Hook Shots.” (If you have not seen his videos, they are always fun and offbeat.) Joe is wild about fishing big flies for big fish—regardless of species. Our interview is about mousing for trout, a sorta-night-fishing, sorta-streamer-fishing technique that has become popular in recent years. But it’s not about fishing mouse flies for wilderness fish in Alaska or Kamchatka; it’s about fishing them in local, heavily fished rivers. Mousing is a great way to avoid the crowds and catch one of those big trout you seldom see during the day. Check out the video below, which also features Delaware River guide and former Trout Bum of the Week Joe Demalderis.

As usual, in The Fly Box we have a wide variety of topics: missing strikes on topwater bass flies, the difference between desiccant and flotant (again!), finding tailing carp, fishing streamers and high-stick nymphing in spring creeks, fishing bamboo rods for larger trout, tying with peacock eyes. There are also questions on rod models, when to buy multiple reels as opposed to one reel and an extra spool, trout that disappear in early spring, correct depth for setting your indicator (there isn’t one), deciding which fly-tying tools to put most of your budget into—and finally what is that white rod Pete Kutzer uses for his casting videos?

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2 thoughts on “Classic Podcast: Mousing for Trout, with Joe Cermele”

  1. I have been doing a lot of this lately. No monster Browns yet but I’ve had a couple of takes that just might have been by a big old brown.

    What has surprised me is catching 8″ trout on these flies.

  2. Great podcast~ Fun fishing with Joe C. & Joe D. They were always on top of their game, serious as a heart attack and having fun, even in the pouring deluge. We learned a lot from each other. The shallow soft side of the river(sandbox) where the hunter can find prey in the shadow of darkness. We used a few Lynch’s White Bellied Mice and various creations of my own necessity. Look forward to more mousing. We had success last in the season fishing beaver dams for larger than average brook trout. Give it a try. Brookies will feed at night.
    Tight Lines,

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