Podcast: Secrets of a Fly Designer, with Jonny King

[Interview starts at 41:00]

This week, I have a chat with Jonny King, one of the most creative and innovative fly tiers I know, whose creative mind is responsible for patterns like the Kinky Muddler and Splitsville dry flies. I am always interested in where the ideas for new patterns come from, how they are developed, and how they get evaluated. Join me as we ramble and discuss his creative process.

In the Fly Box, we have these questions and tips:

  • Where can I get a copy of your book on small-stream fly fishing?
  • Can I leave my fishing gear in a very hot or very cold car? 
  • How can I fish the shoreline of a lake without getting caught in trees, and how far do I need to cast? 
  • Why do I keep breaking fish off on a strike? How can I include a shock absorber into my outfit?
  • I have an old bamboo rod in good shape. Is it okay to fish with it, and how can I find out what line size it takes?
  • What do you recommend for wading boots if I do a lot of hiking?
  • I can cast okay with nymphs, but I can’t get my dry flies to lay out with a roll cast. What am I doing wrong?
  • Where should I look to catch Pacific salmon in British Columbia?
  • How do I handle spooky trout in small streams that hide under rocks?
  • How do I know for sure when trout are spawning?
Jonny King with a stunning brown trout.

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