Podcast: Science-Based Tips for Catch and Release, with Sascha Danylchuk


Written by: Phil Monahan



Big News: Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast and the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast are now available in their entirety on Spotify, which will update automatically when we upload new content.

My guest this week is Sascha Clark Danylchuk, science advisor for KeepEmWet Fishing. Sascha is an angler and a scientist who has studied the effects of various catch-and-release techniques and has also kept up with the scientific literature on the subject. There is a lot of false and misleading information on the Interwebs regarding catch-and-release, and she sets us straight on a number of topics. I thought I was well-versed on this subject, but I learned a lot, and will modify my own practices in the future, based on our talk.

In the Fly Box, we have the usual mashup of topics, including the following:

  • Two inexpensive ways of making wet-wading shoes, suggested by listeners.
  • Will a good mender outfish a good caster?
  • Do nymphs work in high mountain lakes?
  • What is a good sinking-tip option for a 4-weight rod on small streams?
  • How do you catch trout in very deep plunge pools at the base of a waterfall?
  • How do I get sand out of my ferrules?
  • Is it ethical to catch a bunch of big trout by nymphing at night on a full moon?
  • Why do trout keep splashing at my Chubby Chernobyl?
  • Should I spend the same amount of money on a trout reel as I spend on my rod?
  • A great tip for keeping the hair on an Elk-Hair Caddis from slipping around the hook.
  • How can I catch the big brown trout in a small infertile stream in Oregon?

If you don’t see the “Play” button above, click here to listen.

Click here for links to Sascha’s blog series “Finsights,” about fisheries science for anglers.


Sascha Danylchuk takes a scientist’s perspective on C&R.
Photo courtesy Sascha Danylchuk

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