Podcast: Sascha Danylchuk on Species-Specific Release Techniques


[Interview starts at 1:05:54]

This week my guest is Sascha Clark Danylchuk, executive director of Keepfishwet.org and a fish biologist who has intensively studied the science of releasing fish in a responsible manner. We’ve talked a lot about trout lately in the podcast, so this one is on recommended release techniques for bass, panfish, pike, bonefish, redfish, and tarpon–plus a little on cold-water releases of trout.

In the Fly Box, we have an unusually good collection of questions and tips–maybe because I was out of the office for a couple weeks, so I had a lot to choose from.

  • I want to write a fishing book. What do you suggest?
  • What is the proper etiquette when I see other people on the river?
  • I need a Yellowstone cutthroat to complete my Utah cutthroat slam. They are only found in a small stream. How should I go about approaching this stream and what techniques should I use to make sure I complete my Slam?
  • Why is wet-fly fishing often called a “lost art”?
  • Why do I have trouble landing small brook trout on barbless hooks?
  • Why do the trout in France bump my hopper flies and not always eat them?
  • How do you approach a situation where insects are hatching but you don’t see any trout feeding?
  • How can I catch large trout rising infrequently in a very slow pool?
  • A tip from a listener on how to get more fly-tying time
  • Do lakes and ponds fish well in the rain?
  • Some great advice from an Orvis-endorsed guide on  fly-tying tips for beginners.
  • Why don’t fly-rod manufacturers use foam instead of cork for rod handles?
  • How can I land large trout feeding on small flies?
  • A tip for using a common kitchen product for cleaning cork handles on rods.
  • Do modern ferrules still need wax?
  • Is it possible that the large rainbows in Colorado reservoirs could be fall spawners?

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